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Monday, July 30, 2012

Base Defense Usage Dwindling

To go with my thoughts on there not being a "base defense" anymore, and Carolina looking to stay with some 3-4 packages again this year, I figured I'd post this:

Suggests that base defense is, in fact, slipping in its usage.  The article suggests that "base" defense was used 45% of the time, in whatever form, if you assume base means 4 DB.  The league used nickel 40% of the time - obviously almost as much - and dime 12%, combining the two for an advantage over base.

Is the average strongside LB really that much greater of a starting force than your 3rd CB anymore?  Clearly not.

So let's not get too hung up on scheme, especially in this division.
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