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Has any team every switched to the 3-4 and then switched back to the 4-3?

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by EndGame, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. EndGame

    EndGame Active Member

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    I'm asking a serious question. I can't think of this happening before.
  2. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Zone Supporter

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    The 49ers in the mid 90s.
  3. NickZepp

    NickZepp Well-Known Member

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    We played the 3-4 for almost a decade. I'm sure NFL teams over the decades have changed defenses before.
  4. blindzebra

    blindzebra Well-Known Member

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    NE several times in the last 10 years.

    Denver.

    Baltimore.
  5. JeffInDC

    JeffInDC Well-Known Member

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    The Broncos just did that. They were a 3-4 under McDaniels. The Patriots just did that as well. They are a 4-3 base now.
  6. perrykemp

    perrykemp Well-Known Member

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    Green played played a 3-4 in the 90s -- Reggie White played in it for 1 year and then they switched to a 4-3. They switched back to a 3-4 when Dom Capers became their DC in 2009.

    Notably, they tried converting some guys from 4-3 to 3-4 and it didn't go well -- most notably Aaron Kampman.
  7. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    Wade Phillips ran a 3-4 in Buffalo and Atlanta and they switched back as soon as he left. Dom Capers ran it in Carolina and John Fox scrapped it.
  8. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Zone Supporter

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    It seems, during the 1980s, there was a movement towards 3 man fronts. During the 1990s, there was a movement back towards 4 man fronts. And, during the 2000s, there was a return to 3 man fronts.

    The preference is cyclical. This is just my own observation. Feel free to chime in if you think I'm wrong.

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