Should the Raiders, Bengals, and Bills Convert to the 3-4?


Published: May 4, 2009


... to wonder about the direction of the defense for three clubs:  the Raiders, Bengals and Bills.

On paper, these teams appear to have personnel better suited for the 3-4 alignment. However, because I do not have an up-close-and-personal knowledge or relationship with those players, I do not know if the 3-4 would fit their skill sets rather than just their sizes and the lack of a true pass rush from the down linemen.

I must emphasize that in the 3-4, the down linemen are mostly occupiers rather than playmakers, so as long as they free up the linebackers, then they have *usually* succeeded at their job.

Each of these teams could then acquire Julius Peppers by trade.  The Raiders could offer DE Derrick Burgess, while the Bengals could offer rookie DE Michael Johnson and a draft pick, while the Bills would probably have to offer a package of draft picks.

The Oakland Raiders

In the draft, they made some scratch ...

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