Are the New England Patriots Better Suited for a 3-4 or a 4-3 Defense?

June 8, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Every year, without fail, New England Patriots writers contemplate whether the team will utilize a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense. 
And this year, there are merits to both arguments: Some will argue that their personnel is better suited for a traditional 4-3 front; others will contend that some of their personnel moves have indicated a shift toward a 3-4. 
Both arguments are flawed. The Patriots intentionally target players who can fit in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 front, so their personnel is never outrageously better suited for one scheme or another. Likewise, although the 3-4 defense was the weapon of choice during head coach Bill Belichick's initial rise through the ranks, he's become synonymous with an amoeba defense that is constantly shifting between schemes.
Yes, the addition of nose tackle Terrance Knighton renewed speculation that the Patriots could be returning to the 3-4. With the Washington Redskins, Knighton was a one-gap nose tackle, asked to get into the ...

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