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I saw several metions of the Saints showing Stafford an elephant defense last weekend? What exactly is that and what personnel did the Saints use in this formation vs. Detroit?
 

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The way I understand it, it's a 3 down lineman and 3 LB defensive front and then you let B. McCray roam aropund wherever he wants based on the offensive formation.
 

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I saw several metions of the Saints showing Stafford an elephant defense last weekend? What exactly is that and what personnel did the Saints use in this formation vs. Detroit?
Maybe they are trying to say our defense never forgets. :ezbill:
 
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An elephant defense is usually a 4-3 defense with a cover-2 coverage. The only difference is that a Defensive end is usually standing up showing blitz but has the option to drop into coverage or blitz. This defensive end is known as an "elephant" end. I have no idea why, but that is what my high school called it. A lot of time a LB will come in in place of a DE to play as the elephant.

I believe the Saints brought in a 4th Linebacker in this formation bringing Marvin Mitchell in and lining up in a 3-4 but having Shanle play the Elephant in a standup DE position.

To answer your question simply, it is basically a 3-4 personell lined up as a 4-3 defense.
 

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Maybe they are trying to say our defense never forgets. :ezbill:

An elephant defense is usually a 4-3 defense with a cover-2 coverage. The only difference is that a Defensive end is usually standing up showing blitz but has the option to drop into coverage or blitz. This defensive end is known as an "elephant" end. I have no idea why, but that is what my high school called it. A lot of time a LB will come in in place of a DE to play as the elephant.

I believe the Saints brought in a 4th Linebacker in this formation bringing Marvin Mitchell in and lining up in a 3-4 but having Shanle play the Elephant in a standup DE position.

To answer your question simply, it is basically a 3-4 personell lined up as a 4-3 defense.
Ya thats what I meant.
 

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I like the concept and definitely think we have quick enough personnel to run it. Confusion is key for any successful defense.
 

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Bobby McCray sorta roams along the line before the snap. He could blitz or drop into coverage. I'm not sure if they run it out the 4-3 or the 3-4 alignment.
 

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I thought it was a 4-3 but a DE comes in as one of the 3 LBs and blitzes from wherever he wants. So you could call it 5-2.
 
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Ok, from watching the game, we ran every kind of defense we can.

We ran the 3-4, 4-3, dime, nickel, elephant, cover-1, cover-2, cover-3. Wow, our D is going to be as fun to watch as our O for football heads.
 

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