January 18th, 2011 at 11:49 PM ^

If Campbell is going to be playing alongside Martin, instead of substituting then I can't see how it wouldn't help!  With our lack of experienced linebackers, this is definitely the scheme we need to run.  Pressure up front to help out our secondary.

ND Sux

January 19th, 2011 at 8:15 AM ^

for that suggestion, I'm sure Roh will stay at DE.  Surely he will understand the wisdom of suggestions from the MGoBorg.  BTW, I couldn't agree with you more either. 


January 19th, 2011 at 2:28 PM ^

We definitely need a NT to step up (looking at you Will Campbell and Quinton Washington).  RVB is not a DT and Mike Martin would be put to better use as a 3-tech DT rather than a NT in the 4-3.

Maybe Ash steps up but I would realistically expect Campbell and Washington to be more ready considering that they will be entering year 3 of a college strength and conditioning program.

Does anybody know what kind of 4-3 Mattison runs (over, under, stack, etc.)? 


January 18th, 2011 at 11:46 PM ^

Hoke probably ran the 3-3-5 at SDSU because that's what his DC was familiar with.  New Gerg I believe has always run a 4-3 primarily(Ive seen him enough being a Steelers fan), and I dont care what Ravens fans say, he ran a VERY good defense there.  Him and Hoke are going to make RVB/Martin/Roh/Black beastly.


January 19th, 2011 at 2:20 PM ^

We didn't really run the 3-3-5.  It was more a bastardized version of it; our defense just happened to have 3 linemen, 3 linebackers and 5 defensive backs. 

When I watched some SDSU games to see how a Hoke/Borges offense looked, I couldn't help but notice their 3-3-5 and how effective it was.  Every play featured at least one (and usually more) LBs blitzing into a gap.  Furthermore, when the LBs weren't blitzing, they were filling gaps very aggressively (i.e. they were running north and south rather than the side-to-side movements of our LBs last year).  And also, the LBs were always lined up 5 yards from the LOS to avoid getting caught in the wash and also giving them time to pick up some speed before taking on a blocker.

Our defense sucked, no doubt about it, but it wasn't because the 3-3-5 sucks.  It can be a good defense when run properly.


January 18th, 2011 at 11:34 PM ^

The 4-3 makes me happy. I was starting to really hate the 3-3-5. I could never figure out whether it was the spinner's assignment to hang out 10 yards from any potential receiver, or the deathbacker's.