Originally Posted by Double Trouble
I'm not a Zimmer fan, but he had very little talent on those teams pre-2005. His front 7 was mostly a Who's Not Who of the NFL. Then in 2005 he was switched to a defensive scheme that was not his own. Hard to indict him with the circumstances he was working under.
He had plenty of opportunity to develop talent in the 4-3 and didn't. Maybe that was part of the problem, getting talent in the 4-3. Remember all of those years we spent our first round picks on defense?
He's a very good coach at developing DB's, particularly corner. And usually gets a good 3-gap DT.
In his term in the 4-3, he had La'Roi Glover, Greg Ellis, Coakley and Nguyen, Roy Williams, Darren Woodson and Terence Newman. There was talent there.
And again, the 3-4 made the defense BETTER than it was under Zimmer outside of the 2003 season...where the defense still fizzled down the stretch.
Finally, as Bob Sturm mentioned...we were playing 4-3 down the stretch anyway and it didn't get us anywhere.
I wouldn't hate a move to the 4-3, but the idea that it was the godsend to this organization while the 3-4 never worked is untrue.