Cleveland Browns Draft: Is It Judgement Day for the 3-4 Defense?

Hugh ShannonContributor IMarch 15, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 20:  Kamerion Wimbley #95 of the Cleveland Browns gets in defensive position during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 20, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Browns defeated the Chiefs 41-34. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Has Browns President Mike Holmgren been divinely inspired?  He brought in free agent ILB Scott Fujita from the world champion Saints as his one and only defensive addition thus far. 

Now, Kamerion Wimbley has been cast from paradise to Oakland for a third round pick.  The sermon from on high is that the secondary is the alpha and omega while the defensive line is basically in ruins like Sodom and Gomorrah.  Upon his ascension, Holmgren stated that he was not "married to the 3-4" but had no immediate plans to change it.  Has judgement day finally come?

Falling back into a more traditional 4-3 scheme would ease the pressure of finding huge linemen to plug the defensive front and athletic edge rushers as outside linebackers, which are not in large supply for this particular draft year. 

It would also allow for concentrating on the secondary on defense and allow for more picks to be expended on the genesis of a new offense, where we know Holmgren has his faith firmly placed in the West Coast Offense.

With the accumulation of picks Holmgren has hoarded, especially in the first three rounds where impact players can be found, is there enough to re-make the offense in his maker's (Bill Walsh) image?  We are only one month away from finding out the answer to that eternal question.


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