Changing your defensive schemes will have its growing pains especially not having the front 7 to run it properly. You need your outside rushing to have the ablility to not only rush the passers but to drop in coverage and in some cases cover te's and rbs. It is a hard thing to do period and your asking a player ala Will smith to do something that is not in his comfort zone. Can it be done, i would think so but like i said b4 it wouldn't be a smooth transistion at all. U need a dt that demands a double team and inside backers who can shed blocks something that we don't have. It would have to be a work in progress. I would say at a minimum two seasons to get that front seven where you want them to be and working properly.
um we can't even field 1 good LBer right now and you wanna try and put 4 out there. And I know Grant and Smith are both starting to look like space eaters, but they would get swallowed up in the run game considering we have no Lbers that could take on a blocker. Oh and we still would have garbage corners, so we would need to fix them as well.
I'd say if you also take into consideration we are set up for a 4-3 and can't even run that well. I'd say it will be roughly forever and a day before we could imply a 3 - 4 here.
I was going to post a thread like this, but I know that most of the posters on here would react exactly the way they did. Now that it's a few posts old we can actually get some good discussion here.
I'm in Korea right now and I have Sirius radio that I listen to everyday. I listen to NFL Radio and every show. They repeatedly say that switching to a 3-4 is the easiest way for teams to improve their defense fast and less expensive than a 4-3. I do not recall all the reasons, but one of them was that you didn't have to have as many high paid players as a 4-3 with the one you need being a nose tackle.
They also inteviewed Zach Thomas. He said that he's going where he needs the team not where the team needs him. He also said that he'd prefer playing in a 3-4 being that he had more protection in a 3-4 as opposed to a 4-3.
IMO, yes we could and probably should since our glory days of our LBers was when we had the 3-4. We would have to bring in a DC that runs a 3-4 and I don't think Gibbs is that guy.