Why the Oakland Raiders Must Embrace 3-4, Overhaul Defense

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Why the Oakland Raiders Must Embrace 3-4, Overhaul Defense

A great football coach is one that puts his players in position to make plays by allowing them to do what they do best. Hue Jackson came to Raider Nation last year as an offensive coordinator and was promoted to head coach for his vast improvement of the offense.

He was able to make such an improvement in the offense by putting its best player, running back Darren McFadden, in position to make plays. A few changes in the Raiders offensive playbook and an extremely talented player goes from bust-watch to superstar-watch.

There are a lot of extremely talented Raiders on defense, but they remain one of the worst units in the NFL. The Raiders defense this season has given up big leads, medium-sized leads, and last Saturday, a small lead.

So obviously, the Raiders defense, with all the talent they have, need to be put in position to make plays. I have believed for quite some time now that they have the perfect personnel fit to run the 3-4.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com has recently reported that Jackson wouldn't be opposed to making such a switch for 2012.

Turn the page to see why I think he should embrace it.

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