Are The Panthers Ready For a 3-4 Defense?

Posted: 21st November 2009 by Zack Nally in NFL
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Seven out of the last ten super bowl winners employ the 3-4 defense. That's right, seven, and if that wasn't enough, six out of the eight teams leading their respective divisions this year also use the 3-4. Only two of the top 10 defenses in the NFL right now utilize the 4-3, and of the 14 teams that have over 20 sacks thus far this year, only four do not use the 3-4. Since its conception by Bud Wilkinson in the 1940s, and its implementation in theáNFL by Chuck Fairbanks decades later, the 3-4 defense haságarnered its fair share of attention andáits popularity has risen and fallen accordingly.á á There are several dimensions to the benefits and sacrifices that come with the 3-4, both in personnel and the situation in which the defense finds itself. Against a three or more WR set, the ...

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