re: NFL Thread: Week 1 - Glorious
Well you never know with the NFC South. Our LB core has to be one of the strongest in the league. We should be running a 3-4. We picked up a lot of depth in the secondary and receiving core, but most of these guys I haven't heard of. (never paid much attention to what happened around the league until last year)
But yeah. I don't trust the Saints after the Bountygate scandal came crashing down on them. Losing Vilma and Payton are big losses. The defense wasn't really anything to brag about last year, I can only imagine how it will be this year. Plus losing your head coach, especially one like Payton, has to rock your team a little. The Falcons look dangerous, but I don't put much faith in Ryan anymore.
Nah, you can't just use a 3-4 because you have a bunch of good LBs. This team is built for a 4-3, and has been for years. LBs' responsibilities are different in the 4-3 (Pass coverang & Run Stopping) than they are in a 3-4 (Pass rushing). Hardy couldn't hold up as a 3-4 DE and doesn't have the skill to play 3-4 LB. Same likely goes for Charles Johnson, though he may be able to hold his own at DE in a 3-4. I dunno, you can't just switch. You have to have the players necessary to do so, which Carolina doesn't. Rivera has said that they'll have some 3-4 mixed in, though.