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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nlesthought wrote:
Who's the maybe future all-pro u speak of?
DeMeco Ryans was an all-pro at one point.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This Eagles forum is being dumbed down with talk of 43 to 34 conversion difficulties as if the conversion in itself could ever produce something as horrible defensively as what we have witnessed from the Eagles this season.
34 to 43 conversions are simple today because coordinators are more flexible. Just like morons use to say things like a running QB prospect may need to sit the bench in the NFL for a few seasons. Now coordinators adjust to the players. Bottomline, coordinators adjust to the personnel today much more frequently than in the past.
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This Eagles forum is being dumbed down with talk of 43 to 34 conversion difficulties as if the conversion in itself could ever produce something as horrible defensively as what we have witnessed from the Eagles this season.
34 to 43 conversions are simple today because coordinators are more flexible. Just like morons use to say things like a running QB prospect may need to sit the bench in the NFL for a few seasons. Now coordinators adjust to the players. Bottomline, coordinators adjust to the personnel today much more frequently than in the past.


If we brought in Ray Horton, I'd certainly be down with a switch to a base 3-4 scheme.

It's not as if Ryans, Cox, Cole, and Graham couldn't make the switch either IMO.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PowerElite wrote:
This Eagles forum is being dumbed down with talk of 43 to 34 conversion difficulties as if the conversion in itself could ever produce something as horrible defensively as what we have witnessed from the Eagles this season.
34 to 43 conversions are simple today because coordinators are more flexible. Just like morons use to say things like a running QB prospect may need to sit the bench in the NFL for a few seasons. Now coordinators adjust to the players. Bottomline, coordinators adjust to the personnel today much more frequently than in the past.


If we brought in Ray Horton, I'd certainly be down with a switch to a base 3-4 scheme.

It's not as if Ryans, Cox, Cole, and Graham couldn't make the switch either IMO.


You really need a dominating NT for the 3-4 to be truly effective. Once someone has a solution there, I wouldn't touch the 3-4 with a wide-9 foot pole.

Edit: Eagles_808 sums it up perfectly. I guess I should read the entire post before I comment, eh?
Eagles_808 wrote:
We have no NT for a 3-4. We might have 2 ends (Cox and Thornton), but most likely only Cox could start there. Cole, Graham and Curry could maybe play OLB, but that is a stretch IMO. Kendricks and Ryans at ILB is a major question mark (with Ryans having failed in it and eventually shipped out from in HOU). Oh, and guess what else all succesful 3-4 defenses have; two competent, above average safeties. Something we lack too.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheKingDP wrote:
BirdsFan06050 wrote:
PowerElite wrote:
This Eagles forum is being dumbed down with talk of 43 to 34 conversion difficulties as if the conversion in itself could ever produce something as horrible defensively as what we have witnessed from the Eagles this season.
34 to 43 conversions are simple today because coordinators are more flexible. Just like morons use to say things like a running QB prospect may need to sit the bench in the NFL for a few seasons. Now coordinators adjust to the players. Bottomline, coordinators adjust to the personnel today much more frequently than in the past.


If we brought in Ray Horton, I'd certainly be down with a switch to a base 3-4 scheme.

It's not as if Ryans, Cox, Cole, and Graham couldn't make the switch either IMO.


You really need a dominating NT for the 3-4 to be truly effective. Once someone has a solution there, I wouldn't touch the 3-4 with a wide-9 foot pole.

Edit: Eagles_808 sums it up perfectly. I guess I should read the entire post before I comment, eh?
Eagles_808 wrote:
We have no NT for a 3-4. We might have 2 ends (Cox and Thornton), but most likely only Cox could start there. Cole, Graham and Curry could maybe play OLB, but that is a stretch IMO. Kendricks and Ryans at ILB is a major question mark (with Ryans having failed in it and eventually shipped out from in HOU). Oh, and guess what else all succesful 3-4 defenses have; two competent, above average safeties. Something we lack too.


Who's the dominating NT for the Texans? Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PowerElite wrote:
TheKingDP wrote:
BirdsFan06050 wrote:
PowerElite wrote:
This Eagles forum is being dumbed down with talk of 43 to 34 conversion difficulties as if the conversion in itself could ever produce something as horrible defensively as what we have witnessed from the Eagles this season.
34 to 43 conversions are simple today because coordinators are more flexible. Just like morons use to say things like a running QB prospect may need to sit the bench in the NFL for a few seasons. Now coordinators adjust to the players. Bottomline, coordinators adjust to the personnel today much more frequently than in the past.


If we brought in Ray Horton, I'd certainly be down with a switch to a base 3-4 scheme.

It's not as if Ryans, Cox, Cole, and Graham couldn't make the switch either IMO.


You really need a dominating NT for the 3-4 to be truly effective. Once someone has a solution there, I wouldn't touch the 3-4 with a wide-9 foot pole.

Edit: Eagles_808 sums it up perfectly. I guess I should read the entire post before I comment, eh?
Eagles_808 wrote:
We have no NT for a 3-4. We might have 2 ends (Cox and Thornton), but most likely only Cox could start there. Cole, Graham and Curry could maybe play OLB, but that is a stretch IMO. Kendricks and Ryans at ILB is a major question mark (with Ryans having failed in it and eventually shipped out from in HOU). Oh, and guess what else all succesful 3-4 defenses have; two competent, above average safeties. Something we lack too.


Who's the dominating NT for the Cardinals? Rolling Eyes


Arizona too.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually stopping the run isn't solely on the NT its on the front 5
2 OLBs who line up on the LOS
2 DEs who line up from head up on the OT to head up on the OG
and the NT who's mainly over the OC

everyone one of those teams have good DEs or 5 techs notable OLBs and a decent NT

Shaun Cody is no slouch
Jay Ratliff is all pro worthy when healthy
BJ Raji
Dan Williams is coming into his own
Casey Hampton
Issac Sopoaga

NTs besides Ratliff aren't penetrating NTs but dirty work hard hat types

The thing that makes running difficult vs 34 is team can't go man v man vs that front 5 and expect to win so they have to double but doubling that frees up LBs and someone gets unaccounted for.

We had an ex Viking as our OL coach and he explained the 34 is pretty much why so many teams went to a ZBS so the OL arent responsible for a man but an area
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Swapping to the 3-4 isn't impossible, but citing the fact that coordinators have become more flexible is just plain weak.

Having a flexible coordinator means nothing if we don't have flexible players. If we swap to a 3-4, we will need to find those pieces. Wasn't Demeco Ryans basically booted from Houston because he wasn't the ideal 3-4 LB?

Does this mean we have to find yet another decent MLB to run in the 3-4?

We have all these dreams of Graham playing OLB, Cox playing DE... etc etc, and yeah, they might work. It would be silly of me to say it can't work.

But it won't be easy, and I'm confident of that regardless of how flexible coordinators are.

These guys will have to be taught a brand new defense, which could actually make this defense even worse.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Having a flexible coordinator means nothing if we don't have flexible players. If we swap to a 3-4, we will need to find those pieces. Wasn't Demeco Ryans basically booted from Houston because he wasn't the ideal 3-4 LB?



Houston, the same team that let Mario Williams walk, the same team that decided not to pay Demeco his $6mil per season. It's amazing how few Eagles fans are knowledgeable enough about the Demeco trade to factor in dollars instead of just the"he didn't work out on the field" statements. The "he didn't work out on the field" statements are usually countered by "he was coming off of injury." Obviously that isn't good enough to shut up the "he didn't work out on the field" crowd so moving forward one has to add in the Demeco as a "cap casualty" nugget of knowledge.
Also, Demeco is no fixture. He can be cut just like anyone else. It's crazy to think to build a defense around him. He isn't that good.
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^the same could be said about Mario

Its more the level of play didn't fall off with the replacement who was making way less or would cost less (Mario's case)
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can readily add the pieces fine.

We are an ill-equipped team even for the simplest 4-3 it seems. Forcing the defense into a 3-4 will do more harm for the short run and would only be remedied by building a good defense.

Can we do that? Certainly. But it's the long way around, or so it seems.
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Foles is the Quick fix?
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TheKingDP wrote:
BirdsFan06050 wrote:
PowerElite wrote:
This Eagles forum is being dumbed down with talk of 43 to 34 conversion difficulties as if the conversion in itself could ever produce something as horrible defensively as what we have witnessed from the Eagles this season.
34 to 43 conversions are simple today because coordinators are more flexible. Just like morons use to say things like a running QB prospect may need to sit the bench in the NFL for a few seasons. Now coordinators adjust to the players. Bottomline, coordinators adjust to the personnel today much more frequently than in the past.


If we brought in Ray Horton, I'd certainly be down with a switch to a base 3-4 scheme.

It's not as if Ryans, Cox, Cole, and Graham couldn't make the switch either IMO.


You really need a dominating NT for the 3-4 to be truly effective. Once someone has a solution there, I wouldn't touch the 3-4 with a wide-9 foot pole.

Edit: Eagles_808 sums it up perfectly. I guess I should read the entire post before I comment, eh?
Eagles_808 wrote:
We have no NT for a 3-4. We might have 2 ends (Cox and Thornton), but most likely only Cox could start there. Cole, Graham and Curry could maybe play OLB, but that is a stretch IMO. Kendricks and Ryans at ILB is a major question mark (with Ryans having failed in it and eventually shipped out from in HOU). Oh, and guess what else all succesful 3-4 defenses have; two competent, above average safeties. Something we lack too.


You don't need a dominant NT for a 3-4 to work. Wade Phillips' scheme doesn't even use a traditional NT. It's more of a 5-2. That said, scheme isn't the problem. 4-3 defenses can work, it's our playcalling and execution of said scheme.
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Withmy89vision wrote:
TheKingDP wrote:
BirdsFan06050 wrote:
PowerElite wrote:
This Eagles forum is being dumbed down with talk of 43 to 34 conversion difficulties as if the conversion in itself could ever produce something as horrible defensively as what we have witnessed from the Eagles this season.
34 to 43 conversions are simple today because coordinators are more flexible. Just like morons use to say things like a running QB prospect may need to sit the bench in the NFL for a few seasons. Now coordinators adjust to the players. Bottomline, coordinators adjust to the personnel today much more frequently than in the past.


If we brought in Ray Horton, I'd certainly be down with a switch to a base 3-4 scheme.

It's not as if Ryans, Cox, Cole, and Graham couldn't make the switch either IMO.


You really need a dominating NT for the 3-4 to be truly effective. Once someone has a solution there, I wouldn't touch the 3-4 with a wide-9 foot pole.

Edit: Eagles_808 sums it up perfectly. I guess I should read the entire post before I comment, eh?
Eagles_808 wrote:
We have no NT for a 3-4. We might have 2 ends (Cox and Thornton), but most likely only Cox could start there. Cole, Graham and Curry could maybe play OLB, but that is a stretch IMO. Kendricks and Ryans at ILB is a major question mark (with Ryans having failed in it and eventually shipped out from in HOU). Oh, and guess what else all succesful 3-4 defenses have; two competent, above average safeties. Something we lack too.


You don't need a dominant NT for a 3-4 to work. Wade Phillips' scheme doesn't even use a traditional NT. It's more of a 5-2. That said, scheme isn't the problem. 4-3 defenses can work, it's our playcalling and execution of said scheme.


You're right. Wade Phillips uses his father's version of the 3-4 defense with a 1-gap scheme that depends largely on quickness, not brute strength (the "Bum Phillips" 3-4 where the NT isn't always lined up in a 0-technique aka "head up on the center"). I believe that he's the only defensive coordinator in the NFL that currently uses that scheme. I also believe that's why Jay Ratliff was so successful in Dallas under Wade Phillips.

The 3-4 defense that someone like Vic Fangio runs in San Francisco is a more traditional 3-4 that a lot of people call the "Parcells 3-4" which is the most typical type of 3-4 defense run in the NFL today. It pretty much requires that a large, dominant, immovable DT is played in a 0-technique with 2-gap responsibility (both A-Gaps). This type of defense involves physicality at all 3 levels in order to be truly successful. We simply don't have enough effective 3-4 players to pull this off in any short amount of time.
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TheKingDP wrote:
Withmy89vision wrote:
TheKingDP wrote:
BirdsFan06050 wrote:
PowerElite wrote:
This Eagles forum is being dumbed down with talk of 43 to 34 conversion difficulties as if the conversion in itself could ever produce something as horrible defensively as what we have witnessed from the Eagles this season.
34 to 43 conversions are simple today because coordinators are more flexible. Just like morons use to say things like a running QB prospect may need to sit the bench in the NFL for a few seasons. Now coordinators adjust to the players. Bottomline, coordinators adjust to the personnel today much more frequently than in the past.


If we brought in Ray Horton, I'd certainly be down with a switch to a base 3-4 scheme.

It's not as if Ryans, Cox, Cole, and Graham couldn't make the switch either IMO.


You really need a dominating NT for the 3-4 to be truly effective. Once someone has a solution there, I wouldn't touch the 3-4 with a wide-9 foot pole.

Edit: Eagles_808 sums it up perfectly. I guess I should read the entire post before I comment, eh?
Eagles_808 wrote:
We have no NT for a 3-4. We might have 2 ends (Cox and Thornton), but most likely only Cox could start there. Cole, Graham and Curry could maybe play OLB, but that is a stretch IMO. Kendricks and Ryans at ILB is a major question mark (with Ryans having failed in it and eventually shipped out from in HOU). Oh, and guess what else all succesful 3-4 defenses have; two competent, above average safeties. Something we lack too.


You don't need a dominant NT for a 3-4 to work. Wade Phillips' scheme doesn't even use a traditional NT. It's more of a 5-2. That said, scheme isn't the problem. 4-3 defenses can work, it's our playcalling and execution of said scheme.


You're right. Wade Phillips uses his father's version of the 3-4 defense with a 1-gap scheme that depends largely on quickness, not brute strength (the "Bum Phillips" 3-4 where the NT isn't always lined up in a 0-technique aka "head up on the center"). I believe that he's the only defensive coordinator in the NFL that currently uses that scheme. I also believe that's why Jay Ratliff was so successful in Dallas under Wade Phillips.

The 3-4 defense that someone like Vic Fangio runs in San Francisco is a more traditional 3-4 that a lot of people call the "Parcells 3-4" which is the most typical type of 3-4 defense run in the NFL today. It pretty much requires that a large, dominant, immovable DT is played in a 0-technique with 2-gap responsibility (both A-Gaps). This type of defense involves physicality at all 3 levels in order to be truly successful. We simply don't have enough effective 3-4 players to pull this off in any short amount of time.


I don't know that you need a "dominant" NT per say (unless you equivocate "good at a specific skill set" to dominance), but you do need a guy with a specific skill set in the more standard Parcells style 2 gap 3-4. Of course a dominant guy in that spot is more valuable than a dominant guy in most other spots in this particular defense. You mainly just need a guy who is large and strong enough to hold his ground and create a logjam in the middle. So dominant is not a necessity, but a certain physical type and skill set are definately needed. Thing is, those guys don't grow on trees.
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