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3-4 vs 4-3:  Linebackers



I recently posted a Mock Draft where I had Weatherspoon and Washington being drafted by the Chiefs.  Then I got a reply that said something along the lines "well these guys are 4-3 LBs, not ideal fit for the 3-4".  Maybe because I am a Swim coach and not a football coach, I guess I just don't get it, but humor me here.   By the way, I believe TCU runs a 4-2-5

Tamba Hali was a DE in the 4-3 Def.  He switched to a LB in a 3-4 Def in one year and had his best year in his NFL career.  But he's not a 3-4 LB, how is this possible that he actually did good?

Answer:  He is a playmaker!  3-4/4-3/4-2-5 ...whatever it is, it should not matter to a playmaker.  Why?  Because they make the adjustments.  Because they desire the ball.  Because no matter where you line that "X" up on your chalkboard, you know the guy is going to make a play.  I think it is absolutely an excuse waiting to be made if you say a guy doesn't make plays when he is put on a 3-4 defense b/c "well, he's a 4-3 LB".  Bull.  You draft guys because they have high football IQs.  You draft a certain guy because you know he will have his teammates backs and because he is vocal.  You draft him because no matter what type of situation you put that guy in, whether its a defensive line-up, weather conditions, playoffs, practice... you know he is going to get the job done and you know you can count on him. 

So someone please tell me with concrete evidence that it is proven that a 4-3 Linebacker needs to stay the heck away from a 3-4 Team.  Show me that it is a horrible idea to draft a Linebacker that happened to play 4-3 in college (who knows what he played in HS) and you should pass him up souly on the basis that you run a 3-4 and he played a 4-3 for 3-4years. 

We are looking to draft Linebackers.   Notice how I didn't say 3-4 Linebackers.

Hey Sean Weatherspoon, what position do you play?

"I am a 4-3 Linebacker and that's it.  It's impossible for me to make a few adjustments to be a 3-4 linebacker, so please don't draft me."

Tell me this.  If Rolando McClain is sitting there in the 2nd Round, some team who runs a 4-3 defense is gong to say... well he's an amazing player, I just don't think he will be able to do anything in our 4-3 defense because Bama runs a 3-4, so I'm going to pass him up.  No way.

Unbelievable.  I hate excuses.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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