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    Super 'D' of choice: 3-4

    Scheme can win championships, but it takes talent to run it
    BY: Rick Gosselin

    BALTIMORE – The Cowboys have the right idea on defense. But the Chargers, Patriots and Ravens have the right players.
    Six NFL teams used a 3-4 scheme as their base defense in 2006 and half of them have reached the conference semifinal playoff round. This comes on the heels of 3-4 defenses winning the last three Super Bowls.
    The Cowboys finished 13th in the NFL in defense and 10th against the run this season. Four NFL teams played better 3-4s.
    The Baltimore Ravens finished first in defense and second against the run. The New England Patriots finished sixth in defense and fifth against the run, and the San Diego Chargers finished 10th in defense and seventh against the run. All three teams play this weekend for the right to advance to the AFC Championship Game.
    The Pittsburgh Steelers also fielded a Top 10 defense with their 3-4, finishing ninth overall and third against the run but failed to qualify for the playoffs with an 8-8 record.
    The Steelers did win the Super Bowl last season with a defense that ranked in the top 5 overall and against the run. The Patriots won Super Bowls in 2003 and 2004, with defenses that ranked in the top 10 overall and against the run.
    The only other NFL team to play a 3-4 in 2006 was the Cleveland Browns, who were still filling the slots of the scheme in coach Romeo Crennel's second season as head coach. The Browns, who started three rookies at linebacker, finished 27th in defense on the way to a 4-12 record.


    There's more to the story, and it's a good one if anyone wants to check it out...http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont...n.32b0b83.html

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    The 3-4 is one of the best defensive schemes in history. When you have the players to run it effectively and a coach who knows what he's doing it can be a menacing task for the offense to try and figure out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOP GUN View Post
    The 3-4 is one of the best defensive schemes in history. When you have the players to run it effectively and a coach who knows what he's doing it can be a menacing task for the offense to try and figure out.

    I'm not surprised that "that" D has won the won the last 3 Super Bowls, and would be interested in finding out just how many of the last 40 it's won.

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