I have several things that want to make my head explode, but if I could eliminate this from the board with a couple simple examples I would be much happier. Here is a fact.
Having a 3 man defensive line does not prevent you from shutting down power offenses.
Why is this a fact? Teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers and coaches like Bill Bellichik and oh yes the Univeristy of Michigan's defenses under Bo Schembechler and Gary Moeller and Lloyd Carr who often had 3 man lines have completley shut down power run teams and continue to do so.
This post is not in defense of our current DC or our current alignments or strategies. This is not in defense of the 3-3-5 or whatever the hell hybrid that we are playing. This is in response to every ill informed person that thinks having 3 down lineman just doesn't work and we are the only team in the country trying to stop teams with 3 down lineman.
Personally I think our best defensive players are currently defensive lineman and we should be in a 4 man line more, but in the same respects if we had better LB's I would be fine with a 3-4 or 3-3-5 or whatever.
Obviously the defense is ripe for board posts and analysis just please don't use the 3 man line as a crutch. A 3 man line works just fine.....just not here right now. Ok I'm better now.