November 27, 2022

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3-4 Defense, More Sacks or More INTs?

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Mar 9, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles during Xavier Musketeers vs Providence Friars Big East Conference Tournament semifinals game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Football is a game of possession; therefore it stands that, if a team takes the ball back they have a better chance of winning.

But what if! What if every time an opposing QB drops back to pass he is sacked? What if the defense faces 3rd and long most games. How about an offense that’s so far from a first down, they all need to buy tickets to get back inside the stadium?

I suppose they are crazy examples, but you see where I’m going. Would fans be happy if the defensive secondary is reduced to a mostly spectator role? Last in the league in INTs, but first in sacks and pass defense.

In the modern NFL, the 3-4 defense provides more routes to the QB than a traditional 4-3. With more blitz and stunts available to give offensive coaches plenty to think about. Oftentimes defensive fronts that are 3-4 dominated are regarded as highly aggressive defenses that get into the backfield fast. With recent free agent signings showing the Bucs are moving in that direction and looking to have one of those aggressive defensive schemes.

The reversal of this is that, in the face of constant pressure, the QB panics and throws the ball into the hands of a waiting Tampa Bay DB.

The NFL is a constantly evolving beast and trends change. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were at the forefront of the cover 2 defense, with it even being named the Tampa 2, but times change. Holding onto a defensive scheme that no longer creates effective and sustained pressure and playing DBs on islands is only hurting the Bucs.

For so long fans have witnessed a worsening situation. For so long the Bay Area has been promised interceptions. Maybe it’s time to deliver sacks, tackles for a loss, forced fumbles and erratic throws from opposing QBs.