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Old 03-05-2005   #1
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I have heard rumors that they are changing to a 4-3 from a 3-4, does anyone know if it is true?
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The rumor is new to me, but could be possible if:

1) Hartwell will be a very difficult man to replace
2) Since more teams want to switch to 3-4, the Ravens might try to take advantage and get higher value players through trading some 3-4 personnel
3) With the loss of Baxter, if the Ravens cannot acquire another big name CB, they might abandon the blitzing ability of the 3-4 for the coverage ability of the 4-3.

Just some thinking off the top of my head. [so if some reasons are more stupid than others.... no one to blame!]

Anyhow, hard for me to see the Ravens abandon the style that's made them the top defense the last few years.
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If they do switch to a 4-3 and Suggs plays DE primarly, watch out. That guy can rush. He will be up there with Freeney in terms of sack numbers next year.
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So that would probably mean the Ravens won't resgin Marques Douglas then I think the Texans should make an offer to him if we don't sign Rocky Bernard

http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/146319

^^Marques Douglas stats
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With the copycat nature of this league I wouldn't be surprised if they used the 4-3 primarily as their base defense, but mix in elements of the 3-4 from time to time.
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ive heard this too.. and yah it looks like they are switching at this point.
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I didnt think Suggs was big enough to play DE. I know he is a quick guy that can put a move on anybody. It will be very interesting.
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I didnt think Suggs was big enough to play DE. I know he is a quick guy that can put a move on anybody. It will be very interesting.
Have a look at Freeney alot of people underestimate him because of his size but he owns
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Yes, they are switching back to the 4-3. I mentioned that in our mock draft.
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It was Rex Ryan's idea to switch back to the 4-3.
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