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RKG Definition

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by jday, Jul 2, 2014.

  1. jday

    jday Well-Known Member

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    There are certainly aspects of the 34 I like, which is why I would like to see the Cowboys mix it in were situations dictates a possible advantage in that lineup; for instance, 2nd and long versus 2 receiver sets. But as young as this defense is now, it's probably best to keep thing's simple for this season.
  2. jday

    jday Well-Known Member

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    You could be right about the "suit up" idea; I've never really been a fan of that. But I'm pretty sure church going or even the suit wearing never fell into Jason's defintion of an RKG. I honestly think the suit idea was simply a ploy to instill discipline back in a team that Wade Phillips player's-coach mentality had destroyed. But, having said that, in the many quotes that Garrett has, when giving a definition of RKG, none of them say anything about church going, suit wearing, or even character. In every definition that I've read talent, willingness to work hard on and off the field, being a team player are generally what he's talking about. And, no, this is not a new concept that Garrett created. This is pretty much what every team look's for.
  3. Bullflop

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    I don't think the investment made by the team has anything to do with the player's character. The player in question either has the type of character a team needs or he doesn't, regardless of the team's commitment that's involved. I would agree that the contract is one that allows an easy out in the event that player doesn't pan out as the team might hope but McClain's recent past leaves plenty of room for having valid reservations about his level of passion for the game. In any case, I wish him well.

    Having said that, I'll definitely be keeping an open mind and remain hopeful that he's able to display the passion that he claimed to be missing only a year ago and yet again before that. Maybe the change of scenery will help to overcome that. I'll surely be keeping my fingers crossed that he does well in training camp and possibly beyond. There's no doubt we need someone with his level of talent on defense if he'll just find a way to keep his head straight. In the meantime, you can bet I'll be praying he does just that.
  4. jday

    jday Well-Known Member

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    Even the detractors on this thread deep-down hope he pans out. But what I was trying to say is people change, people grow up...especially after having children. I'm not saying that's the case of Rolando McClain...I'm saying it's possible he's not the same guy he was when being convicted of the various stupid crimes on his record. That's why despite the RKG philosophy, the Cowboys will take chances on certain talent's. Especially if said talent has displayed some RKG qualities. One of the things that Garrett really likes in players he draft's is them having team captain on their college resume; McClain has that. While in college he was also a gym rat and studied film. So Garrett, I believe, sees the potential for RKG and is willing to take a chance to see if that guy has returned. As I have said many times on this thread, if McClain can't be that guy, he is very easily removed. They took a similiar chance on Dez Bryant, and I'd say he has panned out pretty well...and in that situations, they did actually invest alot in the belief that he would grow up. Despite some initial issues, I honestly am excited about Dez's future.
  5. xwalker

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    I like the idea of the Marinelli type front 7 over the 3-4.

    1. The NFL has become a passing dominated league. In the 3-4, they use a 4-man line in obvious passing situations indicating that a 4-man line gives the best pass rush.

    2. Marinelli is about pass-rush 1st. In RR's and Wade's defenses Ware was often in a read-and-react mode. I hated that. I wanted him on a all-out pass rush at all times. Marinelli's scheme basically puts the RDE in pass-rush mode almost 100% of the time. He even allows the RDE to completely abandon run defense often.

    3. Parcells sold Jerry on the 3-4 being better for finding players, but that turned out to be false. The OLB position in a 3-4 is very difficult. You need a "3-tool" player there that can cover, rush and defend the run. The SOLB position is particularly difficult because that player has to be almost perfect in reading the offense. The SOLB was usually responsible for the RB in the flat. If he mis-played that, it was easy for the RB to get wide open in the flat if the SOLB rushing when the RB was going out for a pass route.

    4. In Marinelli's 4-3 under, the RDE can be a smaller player that in a 4-3 like the Giants run. This player only has to rush the passer and play some run defense. There is no need to worry about finding a player that can also play coverage. It's easiest to find pass rushers in the 250 pound range instead of the 280 pound DE that the Giants and some other 4-3 teams tried to acquire.

    5. The LDE in Marinelli's defense does not need to be an elite athlete like the RDE. This makes is easier to find bigger players to fill this position because a strong run defender is required here.

    6. The DTs can be short. In the 4-3 the DEs needed to be taller players but also have to be strong enough to play 2-gap at times. Marinelli's defense can utilize either, but there is more availability of the shorter players that don't fit all schemes.

    7. The ILBs in the 3-4 are normally bigger than 4-3 LBs. This often ends up with players that are not that good in coverage like Bradie James. It easier to find quality coverage LBs in the Marinelli scheme.

    8. In Marinelli's scheme most of the "thinking" is removed from the DL and placed on the LBs and secondary. This makes sense because there is more time to react the further the player is away from the line.
  6. Bullflop

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    I think it's obvious we're both pulling for the same thing here. Let me assure you I haven't lost faith in human nature just because Rolando McClain has had problems with his commitment to football. I'm sure we're on the same page in hoping for his success.
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  7. Alexander

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

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    Quick, someone run and tell the 15 teams that run the 3-4 that they are doing it wrong and we have the best coach/scheme to be successful in today's passing league.
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  8. xwalker

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    Well the Super Bowl champs that won with a dominating defense and were about the only defense to really limit the Denver offense was a 4-3.
  9. jday

    jday Well-Known Member

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    Why would we let them in on our secrect? Do you work for the Patriots?
  10. Alexander

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

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    And the year before, it was a rugged 3-4 defense that was able to stop the vaunted read option.

    If you are looking for defenses that are handy and easy to supply talent for, you are waving a flag for the wrong one if you think the Tampa 2 scheme is any easier to acquire talent for than any other. In this scheme, you need the 3-T and weakside OLB, a quality MLB capable of playing deep zone coverage and overall, a pretty strong line to get the pressure required. Hardly any easier than trying to stock a quality 3-4.
  11. xwalker

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    No, I think he's a Redskins Washington guy.

    How's that for being politically correct and not using that evil word?
  12. speedkilz88

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    Speedy WOLB are important to the scheme but fairly easy to find since they don't require size at the position.
    The MLB who can cover in deep zones isn't that difficult to find either. Again size isn't that important which makes it easier.
    The 3T is the most important position but again size isn't that important. They just need a quick twitch guy. The Cowboys even found two udfas that at least fit the bill in Coleman and Whaley. Whaley being available because of injury.
  13. jday

    jday Well-Known Member

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    I am going to have to respectfully disagree..especially given the number of teams that have switched over to the 34. Initially, when the Cowboys did it, the 34 was in the minority, but now that the Saints, Redskins, Eagles etc moved to it, it has become much more difficult to find players who fit the specific mold.
  14. jnday

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    I would rather see a creative hybrid that uses both 4-3 and 3-4 schemes, but i don't know if the players are smart enough to run a system like that. As for Marinelli's system, I would prefer a different version of the 4-3. Keeping things simple and putting players into a position where they can make plays should be the first priority. Using a defense that fits the players and their talents would be a welcome change.
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  15. Alexander

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

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    If it is so easy, why did Lovie Smith inherit Briggs and Urlacher and still had to spend multiple draft choices at DT and had to buy Julius Peppers before his defense became respectable?

    He could have just got all of these players that are so easy to find just like we are, right?
  16. Alexander

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

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    It is a simple matter of preference. There is no distinct advantage of one system over the other. More teams run a 4-3 that requires pass rushing ends and an interior difference maker. We just traded out one set of harder to find pieces for another. If one system were easier to find talent for, more teams would be running to jump on that train.

    The only real advantage to the 4-3 over the 3-4 is the fact that you have less projection to do with the college prospects available. Relatively few top shelf college programs run a 3-4 variant and it makes the process a little harder for some players.
  17. jnday

    jnday Well-Known Member

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    You just listed the reasons that I dislike the Tampa Two. Other versions of the 4-3 don't need such scheme specific players. The Tampa is also outdated IMO.
  18. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    Seattle runs a variance of the Tampa scheme.
  19. Alexander

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

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    The defense is outdated mainly because of the fact we could not put the correct twists into it. I do not believe Marinelli is any more flexible than Kiffin in terms of shaping the system to fit the personnel. They kept talking about the "Seattle" defense last offseason and we saw none of the creativity. Perhaps the lack of a DL rotation hurt that, but I do not know. If they truly believed that was the wave of the future, they would have tried a little harder to get themselves a better centerfielder at safety.
  20. Alexander

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

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    Funny, Pete Carroll sums up his defense differently:

    "Our defense is a 4-3 scheme with 3-4 personnel. It's just utilizing the special talents of our guys."

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