Originally Posted by InmanRoshi
It isn't complicated math.
Generally most teams that use the 3-4 still use a 4 man front in nickel. Have you people never watched the Baltimore Ravens and Terrell Suggs?
Nickel makes up 50% of defensive snaps, alone.
Ellis and Glover will get 50% of their snaps in a 4 man set.
Glover will be off the field at what he does worst ... run defense and holding up the point of attack (that's according to his former GM Randy Mueller), and fresh for what he does best ... penetrating gaps and getting pass rush up the middle.
So much handwringing and sweaty palms over nothing.
The same Randy Mueller that built the Saints into the dynasty that they are? The same one who was out of work for how long? I'll take his opinion with a grain of salt. Glover was the best defensive player on the field last year.
Yes, the nickel will more than likely be a four man front. I agree that is where Glover will get the bulk of his snaps and be most effective. I have no issue with him getting his snaps that way. I do have questions about the 3-4.
However, I don't think it is handwringing and sweaty palms over nothing. Its a pretty big assumption to just think that Spears, Ware, James/Shanle, Ellis, Singleton/Burnett, etc. are just going to step in and be terrific in a 3-4.
I hope it works and I think it can, but its just naive to dismiss it as something that isn't a concern. Basically, its the biggest thing going on at VR and it has a lot of question marks behind it. I thought a message board was a place to discuss this stuff, not just follow along like a bunch of cattle.