That's what i thought last year , whether by design , or by accident , we have assembled one of the best 3-4 defensive lines in the NFL . Seymour , Kelly , Henderson , are a prototypical 3-4 line , with Houston , Shugnessey , and Bryant as depth .
After Oakland turned the card in for Mc Clain , moved Scott to lb , added Wimbley , and Groves , i thought maybe Wimbley , Morrison , Mc Clain , and Scott , with Howard , Groves , and brown as depth had the makings of a pretty good looking front seven.
Then we immediately shipped Morrison off to Jacksonville , and seemed to play what seemed to be almost a nickle package as our base defense for most of the year , which kind of undermined the efforts we made to improve the run defense with the additions of Mc Clain , Houston , and Henderson.
But as i look at the linebacker prospects Oakland seems to entertaining the year , they are 3-4 outside linebacker prospects not 4-3 weak side backers.Chiris Carter , Fresno st .... Dontay Moach.... nev , Bair , oregon ...Schiechl , co. school of mines ( my cousin goes to that school , he's a beast , 46 sacks , 70 tackles for a loss , the biggest sleeper to come out of Colorado since Vincent Jackson) ... added to the tweeners we already have in Scott and Groves , it certainly appears we may be flirting with the 3-4 once more.
It's not like Oakland needs to hire some 3-4 guru to install the system , its already in the playbook . Back in the day we ran allot of 3-4 , before moving to 4-3 almost exclusively in the 80's and never looking back with the exception of Rob Ryan mixing in a bit a few years back . Some of our best defenses in Oakland history have mixed in some 3-4 . Teams around the league spend years , millions , and draft pick after draft pick trying to put together a 3-4 talent base , and here we are a couple backers away from almost accidentally building one of the best 3-4 front sevens in the NFL .