After a busy offseason, the Oakland Raiders have begun their project back to the top of the league.
Amongst many of the transactions, the Raiders have added more and more players that fit the 3-4 defensive scheme.
As long as I can remember, the Raiders have ran the same basic 4-3, man-to-man scheme. Up until last season, I don't really remember the Raiders dialing up many blitz packages, heavily relying on the front four defensive linemen to bring the pressure.
But now, things are different. Defensive coordinator John Marshall started to spice things up defensively, bringing more and more blitz packages. See week six against the Eagles for an example.
In addition, we also have a lot more 3-4 type players on our team.
First is Kamerion Wimbley, a 3-4 linebacker, who also excels at rushing from the defensive end position. After a strong rookie season at Cleveland, Wimbley fell off the map and was traded to Oakland early this offseason.
During the draft, we added even more 3-4 type players. In the first round, we drafted Rolando McClain, just the middle linebacker who led Alabama to the fifth best run defense in the nation.
We also traded the fifth round pick to Jacksonville in return for Quentin Groves, another 3-4 linebacker who can play defensive end. Groves has great pass rush ability, as he was able to showcase in college, ending his collegiate career with 26 sacks.
Though Richard Seymour has not been showing up at OTAs, he is another key asset that will like a change to the 3-4. In New England, Seymour often played in the 3-4, switching back and forth from defensive end and defensive tackle.
Another player who could benefit from the change is Trevor Scott. After playing defensive end most of his career, he switched to linebacker to fill in team needs. He impressed fans by playing better than expected.
Now, another player who can play linebacker and defensive end. That sounds like another potential 3-4 type player to me.
If you look at the top teams in the league, you notice that they all run a 3-4 defense. The Cowboys, the Chargers, the Patriots. These teams have been on top of the league for some time and who knows, it might be the nudge to push us over the little bump that's in our way to get back to the vintage Raider Football.
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