We don't run the Tampa-2 anymore, Schiano and Sullivan took over and made their own defense. It's an aggressive, down-hill style 4-3 with a little bit of everything mixed in, similar to most 4-3 defenses except maybe a little more aggressive.
I don't really get the point about 4-3 OLBs in cover 2 schemes having bloated tackle numbers, Chicago runs a cover 2 and Briggs only has 81 tackles. MLBs are the ones with inflated tackle stats if anything. Go look at the league leaders in tackles, most of them are MLBs. In the top 11 7 are 4-3 MLBs 2 are 3-4 ILBs 1 is a 3-4 OLB and Lavonte David is the only 4-3 OLB.
Lavonte also makes all the calls for the defense and we are the Number 1 rush defense, which is one of his main assignments, stopping the run.
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I wasn't sure what type of 4-3 TB ran now. The reason I mentioned OLB's having inflated tackles in a T2 defense is that the DL in a T2 defense is supposed to push the running lane towards the WLB.
I didn't realize David was calling plays. I've never really heard of an OLB calling the plays. I obviously don't watch TB as much as a TB fan, but does David more or less play the role of a MLB, but at the OLB position?
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@manbearchef....thats not an accurate description of a tampa 2 scheme, go watch the bears...tell me if they funnel away from urlacher and towards briggs.
He's really not acting as a MLB hes playing the classic WILL Backer but he's honestly doing a great job. I would go so far as to say right now today, he is the best Weakside 4-3 LB in the NFL and that is as a rookie. Mason Foster, our MLB has 82 tackles himself and most of them are solo as well.
I think the thing that gets lost in translation about Lavonte is how fast he plays. He is one of the most dominant 4-3 OLBs in the NFL today because of his speed, reads and decision making. He flies around the field. The reason he is 3rd in the NFL in TFLs, is because when he sees that outside run coming his way he knifes into the backfield wraps them up and takes em down. If he improves in pass coverage he has a real shot to be the best 4-3 LB in the NFL and I know people think Im getting ahead of myself with this, he reminds me of 55 and it's crazy how good this kid is. He is like a sponge, they had him calling defensive plays second week of training camp. Absolutely amazing, most rookies don't produce quite as well as they did in collehe right away, he is better than he was against college players now.
You were right about McCoy and last year tho. He's an elite DT and a force on the interior, OLineman just cant handle him. If you put tape of him and Suh up to each other and compare, which I have done. Gerald McCoy this year blows Suh and every other DT not named Geno Atkins out the water. He's blowing up blocking schemes left and right. He is making backs do things they don't want to do. If he doesn't get voted into the pro-bowl this year it's a sham.
MLBs have bloated tackles tho, it's quite obvious as I stated.
9 of the top 11 tacklers are ILBs or MLBs, 1 4-3 OLB in the top 11I don't really get the point about 4-3 OLBs in cover 2 schemes having bloated tackle numbers, Chicago runs a cover 2 and Briggs only has 81 tackles. MLBs are the ones with inflated tackle stats if anything. Go look at the league leaders in tackles, most of them are MLBs. In the top 11 7 are 4-3 MLBs 2 are 3-4 ILBs 1 is a 3-4 OLB and Lavonte David is the only 4-3 OLB.
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