Panthers' DE Julius Peppers began the drama of this year’s free agent negotiations by declaring that he wants out of Carolina so he can play in a 3-4 defense.
To the casual NFL observer, that seemed like Peppers was limiting his options too much, considering how few teams use a 3-4 base defense.
However, Peppers may well have known something we didn’t know at the time—just how many job opportunities a 3-4 DE/OLB hybrid player will have in 2009.
Since that press release by his agent, quite a number of teams have hired new defensive coordinators who have pledged to install the 3-4.
With Tony Dungy riding off into the sunset and Monte Kiffin joining his son at the University of Tennessee, the main proponents of the Tampa 2 base defense have left just in time.
Maybe Peppers made the right decision.