Highlighting the Strengths and Weaknesses of Every NFL Defensive Scheme

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Highlighting the Strengths and Weaknesses of Every NFL Defensive Scheme
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In order to succeed in the National Football League, teams simply need to understand when its time to transition from the past to an ever-changing landscape of the future. 

Offenses have done this to an extent throughout the history of the league, but defenses seem to be slower in the adaptation process. Some of this has to do with weaknesses as they relate to archaic schemes and strengths as they relate to offenses that are revolutionizing the league. 

The increased usage of 3-4 defensive scheme is a prime example of teams finally finding out how to go up against new offenses in the passing era. 

While the 4-3 and 3-4 remain the two main schemes in the NFL today, there are other defenses that are making their way around the league, mostly as variations of those two schemes.  

Let's take a look at some of the strengths and weaknesses of the top defensive schemes in the NFL today. 

Note: Though teams run base 3-4 and 4-3 "schemes," there are variations that each defense employs. Three of the "schemes" explained in this article will be variations that run off the 4-3 or 3-4 concept. 

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