The Carolina Panthers have been playing around with a 3-4 look on defense and used it briefly in the Falcon game. Coach Ron Rivera has a 3-4 background and the defense needs some sort of shot in the arm.
To the layman a 3-4 may be the perfect solution for a team with a surplus of linebackers even with injuries to Thomas Davis and Jon Beason. However for a permanent switch to the 3-4 the Carolina Panthers will have to retool their roster next season.
Charles “Big Money” Johnson is a 4-3 defensive end not a 3-4 linebacker or nose tackle. James Anderson is versatile and can play in any defense. But I am not sure Beason is an inside linebacker or an outside backer in the 3-4.
To run the 3-4 you need a big blocker eating nose tackle and your defensive ends are more like 4-3 defensive tackles. Those ends must play off blocks and stop the run. The 3-4 outside linebackers provide the pass rush.
I asked Carolina Panthers linebacker James Anderson about the team using the 3-4 and who the nose tackle would be via School Of The Legends. James Anderson’s reply was as follows.
“We def will show more of it... I just talked a little about it in my new video... it will be more of a change up look for us and I can see it coming into play if we start creating havoc in it... Fua... big Ron Fields.... Kearse... those are all guys.”
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