Today on WSSP, LeRoy Butler argued that the Packers should consider making the move to a 3-4 defense. He said that during the Super Bowl years, the Packers would sometimes go into a 3-4 defense, especially against West Coast teams. He said that whenever they did, it opened up the defense significantly. Butler noted that blitz options and coverage options opened up. And he noted that one thing he liked about the 3-4 as a safety was that he found filling gaps for tackling (when opposing teams were running the ball) was much easier and he often got home for the tackle untouched. Butler went on to argue that the Patriots and the Steelers have had lots of success over the past few years in the 3-4 and that he believes it’s time for the Packers to follow this. He noted that the 4-3 can work fine, but it requires having 3 excellent LBs – which the Packers don’t seem to have right now.
I agree with Butler and I’ve written this before. I think it’s time for a change. Our defense last year wasn’t terrible, but it only ranked 11th overall in average yards given up per game (12th in pass defense and 14th in run defense). Not stellar. Our defense did keep us in some games and was certainly decent overall – and I think we all know that a good pass rush can make our bump-and-run style work out reasonably well. But it’s been a long time it seems, since we’ve had a suffocating defense that scared opposing teams – like Pittsburgh does every year. Let’s strive for that with something new. We could draft a nice LB or two or maybe find one in free agency or trade for one. Whether Sanders stays or not, I do think it’s time to consider mixing things up.(Butler also talked about a few of the D-coordinators presently on the market like Crennel and Mike Nolan, noting that they are 3-4 guys…not sure if Butler has any reason to believe Sanders may not last much longer or if he was just talking, which is always possible with him).