Remember the old formations? Wing T, I Formation, 4-3-3 and so on. Pro Football has had several evolutions, which in turn has made some positions more desired. Right now, or as of last year, the ratio of teams playing 3-4, or version of a 4-3/cover-2 was almost the same. Our team, The Kansas City Chief's is almost most finished from transitioning out of the 4 man fronts and hitting stride with the 3-4. Arguments abound on which is better, and now it appears we are sitting in another transitioning, which is 2 DT's on passing downs and a variety of configurations between the LB's and DB's. Some believe the Cover 2 Scheme is doomed from the rule changes.
The fact that a team has much more leeway in playing with a variety of specialist's, the 3-4 is ideal as a situational substitution mechanism, giving it an advantage in the current up tempo, passing friendly environment the NFL is currently displaying. In fact there is a great debate within the football community, fans included, as to what position on the defense is in fact the most beneficial element.
Buffalo, by signing Super Mario for approximately 1/6 of it's cap room, has given us an indication that a pass rushing defensive end is the biggest need. We tend to agree to a degree, giving Hali a 1/12. I think the cap is around 123 million bucks, so simplifying the math and finding estimates off the cuff. Interestingly enough, we have several highly paid defensive players getting roughly a 1/12. Dorsey and Flowers, T-Jax until recently taking a pay cut. Carr, who was let go to find his riches, found roughly the same amount. A good team needs balance, so it seems Pioli is doing pretty good with the offense and defense getting a good split. Maybe why Carr was let go.
If you perceive what I am getting at, the scheme provides diversity, which is also giving us an extra player on the pay scale. That extra 1/12 is there because you ain't paying Mario the whole sixth, we get Hali and Dorsey. So in effect our scheme, heavy on specialist's, has better come and go composition. The Texans knew that there was no way to keep him with the cap situation and drafted accordingly, along with a scheme change. Important here is the scheme change. The flexibility of the 3-4 gives teams an advantage personnel wise both on and off the field.
Enter Dontari Poe. You want flexibility? Here is a guy who is going to be asked to play every defensive snap according to reports. On the Nose, in the 2 DT subpackages and I'm guessing some drop back into the short middle in some rare passing events. Much like RAC did in NE occasionally. This is a very valuable commodity and I hope Scotty is right in his assessment and it bears fruit. Don't count out Powe either, because if he turns into a badass NT, we will have even greater flexibility in how Poe is used. In fact, getting some plays instead of starting and playing whole games is likely what will happen. Lessens the prima donna effect in the overall team dynamic as well. Sorry, gotta go, over the word limit. Go Chief's!!!!