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Denver Broncos: 3-4 Defense Or a 4-3 In Disguise??

Published by on May 26, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

There's been a lot of hubbub about the "new" 3-4 defensive scheme that the Broncos will be using this year.  At the end of the day, is the 3-4 really that different from the 4-3?

The major difference between the two defensive schemes is the number of down lineman used.  In the 4-3 defense, there are four lineman. In the 3-4 defense, there are three down lineman. You are basically just exchanging a down lineman for a linebacker.

Here's the rub; in a lot of cases, and in Denver's case, the down lineman is exchanged for a "hybrid" linebacker, guys like Robert Ayers, Elvis Dumervil, or Jarvis Moss. 

These players are essentially 4-3 rush ends, but since they will be adding pass defending dutie...

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