Why the Oakland Raiders Should Run a 3-4 Defense in 2013

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Why the Oakland Raiders Should Run a 3-4 Defense in 2013
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The Oakland Raiders seemed to take only a passing interest in defense in 2012-13. Operating out of a 4-3 base defense, they allowed 27.7 points per game, ranking 27th out of 32 teams, according to NFL.com.

Such an underwhelming performance necessarily results from poor effort, but poor scheming can play a critical role. Thus, the coaching staff should re-evaluate its defensive approach from its basic components, so the players can be in the best position to succeed. 

In line with what the Raiders should do to address its struggling offense this offseason, it's critical that they closely inspect the talent they have, the talent they should retain and the talent they reasonably can add over the coming months. 

Considering all of these factors, here's why Oakland would be best suited transitioning to a 3-4 base defense.

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