Oakland Raiders Look Like a 3-4 Defense Based on Actions in Free Agency

March 16, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Oakland Raiders have been teasing a possible switch in their base defense for a couple of years now.
Back in 2010, Al Davis traded for Kamerion Wimbley and Quentin Groves, both outside linebackers in a 3-4 defense, yet the Raiders kept a 4-3 base defense.  
Then in 2012, Reggie McKenzie hired Dennis Allen as head coach.  Allen has a history with the 3-4 base and so does his defensive coordinator, Jason Tarver.
Now, it appears that the stars have aligned in Oakland for the switch to the 3-4 if free agency is any indicator of the team's plans.
The Raiders are reportedly looking at adding another linebacker in Kevin Burnett, according to ESPN's Bill Williamson.  The Raiders have already added Nick Roach and Kaluka Maiava in the past week.  The Raiders still have Miles Burris, who played well in his rookie season, as the weak-side linebacker. 
Although the Raiders have not yet signed Burnett and it is possible he won't be an Oaklan...

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