Good post from Donald's Designated Driver over at All Kinds of Time about the possibility of the Packers switching to a 3-4 defense. DDD is haunted by images of Ezra Johnson and company and the hi-jinks that ensued.
I understand the 80's Packers haunting you, but dismissing the 3-4 because of them is silly. (I realize he's kiding. Sort of.) But the real point he and others have made is that a switch to the 3-4 would be the kiss of death for Cullen Jenkins and Aaron Kampman. I have always agreed with this line of thinking, but then this mornings article from Tom Silverstein has this interesting bit:
...a 3-4 defense, which would require a change in how the Packers played under Sanders. It would affect ends Aaron Kampman and Cullen Jenkins the most, but in San Francisco Nolan used end Justin Smith in a linebacker/end role and both Kampman and Jenkins are more athletic than Smith.
It's an interesting point, one which I had completely overlooked. Plus, I recall thinking Jason Taylor would be lost when Nick Saban brought his 3-4 to Miami, and Talyor simply went on to win Defensive Player of the Year. (And no - I don't think Kampman or Jenkins are as talented as Taylor)
The point is - a good coordinator, regardless of scheme, can use good football players. This was one of Sanders' main failings. If you have a defense with Kampman, Pickett, Harris, Woodson, and to some extent Collins, it's understandable to lose a few close games. But it is completely unacceptable to be setting records for futility week in and week out. The Packers need to get the best possible guy for the job, regardless of how it effects their personnel.
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