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That's why I think Mike Smith denied that we are going to a 3-4. All he said was that "We are going to be very multiple." In the draft, we picked up personnel that will help us go to any look we want on defense. Now we can go to whatever defense we want to go to. Attacking 4-3, Power 3-4, you name it. We now have the personnel for most of it.

I don't have any articles confirming this. This is just a prediction based off of articles I have read and the current personnel we have on this roster, so you can take this with a grain of salt if you want to. I don't care.

If this is the direction we are going, then I'm happy. We now can adjust however we need to to what ever approach an offense chooses to attack us with. In the words of FF567, "want to go to 3-4? No problem. 4-3? No problem. 4-2-5, 5-2, 4-6, whatever."

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FIxed for the more likely outcome. It does not matter what kind of defense we will be playing, we still will not have any significant pass rush.

Why won't we? Because we didn't take a pass rushing OLB that you liked?

The Saints had a strong pass rush with no name OLBs. You know why? Because they had Jordan/Jenkins/Hicks wreaking havoc and opening rush lanes. Jackson/Soliai/Hageman are going to do the same thing.

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Did you want a laugh?

We have seen this before, Nolan will create a scheme that works for a couple of weeks and then teams adapt to the fact that we have no pass rushers. How anyone believes that our defense will be significantly better by week 17 and the playoffs is beyond me. Sure run defense should be better but when it matters we will have no one to put pressure on those top tier QBs we would see in the playoffs.

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FIxed for the more likely outcome. It does not matter what kind of defense we will be playing, we still will not have any significant pass rush.

Last year how many times did you see our ends right there for the sack and then the QB just steped up in the pocket for a big play because we had no interior rush?

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Smith: "He’s been very productive: 24.5 tackles for loss and 35 quarterback pressures, which I think is a Notre Dame record. Again, I’m going to go back to our flexibility. We don’t want to be pigeon-holed as ‘this defense’ or ‘that defense.’ I think when you really study how people play defense, and how we play defense you don’t know what we are, and that’s the key. You got to have guys that play the different roles as I mentioned earlier. I believe Prince can do that. Prince can rush the passer. Prince can drop into coverage. Prince can match up. ... We really like the energy that he plays with. He’s a guy that when he gets going up the field, slices in the backfield, he can make some plays. He’s got big, strong hands and an upper body.”

http://espn.go.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/5430/falcons-dimitroff-smith-reflect-on-draft

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We have seen this before, Nolan will create a scheme that works for a couple of weeks and then teams adapt to the fact that we have no pass rushers. How anyone believes that our defense will be significantly better by week 17 and the playoffs is beyond me. Sure run defense should be better but when it matters we will have no one to put pressure on those top tier QBs we would see in the playoffs.

Who were the Saints OLBs last year? Junior Gallette had 9 sacks the three years before. Everybody questioned them having any pass rushing OLBs to run a 3-4. Gallette had 12 sacks.

You may not understand the impact Jackson, Soliai and Hageman can have on the pass rush. That's fine.

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You may not understand the impact Jackson, Soliai and Hageman can have on the pass rush. That's fine.

Soliai and Jackson hold the line, they do not push it towards the QB. It is an improvement over our sorry line from last year that actually got pushed back on nearly every single play but if you expect Jackson or Soliai to increase th interior pass rush then you will be hugely disappointed. And Hageman has some problems with his motor and stamina, he really is a huge gamble.

Our defense will be better than the sorry D we had last year but I would not count on us being able to stop a good Offense late in the season.

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Who were the Saints OLBs last year? Junior Gallette had 9 sacks the three years before. Everybody questioned them having any pass rushing OLBs to run a 3-4. Gallette had 12 sacks.

You may not understand the impact Jackson, Soliai and Hageman can have on the pass rush. That's fine.

Is this the only football site you frequent? Not trying to be funny, but on both my 'neutral' football sites the Saints fans had everybody convinced their defense was gonna take a huge step up with their personnel. When you actually looked at their roster you could see it coming.

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Can we run a traditional 4-3?

RE-Massaquoi, Maponga

NT-Soliai, Peters, Rumph

UT-Jackson, Hageman, Babinaux

LE-Biermann, Goodman

WB-Weatherspoon, Spruill

MB-Worrilow, Spruill

SB-Bartu, Shembo

6-CB's

4-S's

We can but you got Hageman and Babinaux sitting for Bartu. Also I think our DE's are mediocre in a 4-3, but pretty good in a 3-4.

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Can we run a traditional 4-3?

RE-Massaquoi, Maponga

NT-Soliai, Peters, Rumph

UT-Jackson, Hageman, Babinaux

LE-Biermann, Goodman

WB-Weatherspoon, Spruill

MB-Worrilow, Spruill

SB-Bartu, Shembo

6-CB's

4-S's

We can but you got Hageman and Babinaux sitting for Bartu. Also I think our DE's are mediocre in a 4-3, but pretty good in a 3-4.

Of course. We are going to run a bunch of fronts. We used to mainly run that front.

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Smith: "He’s been very productive: 24.5 tackles for loss and 35 quarterback pressures, which I think is a Notre Dame record. Again, I’m going to go back to our flexibility. We don’t want to be pigeon-holed as ‘this defense’ or ‘that defense.’ I think when you really study how people play defense, and how we play defense you don’t know what we are, and that’s the key. You got to have guys that play the different roles as I mentioned earlier. I believe Prince can do that. Prince can rush the passer. Prince can drop into coverage. Prince can match up. ... We really like the energy that he plays with. He’s a guy that when he gets going up the field, slices in the backfield, he can make some plays. He’s got big, strong hands and an upper body.”

http://espn.go.com/b...eflect-on-draft

This right here is why I thought Ford would be such an awful fit for this team.

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Can't believe so many people are forgetting about Osi being on the team.

Yeah he is the forgotten guy....had we not scaled back his snaps towards the end he probably would have had hit 10 sacks....I think with the guys in front of him in in a specialist role he could easily have 10 sacks again.

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