On Thursday morning, a report emerged in the Palm Beach Post that Dolphins G.M. Jeff Ireland informed his scouts in December that the team would be switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense. It appears that the report was based on remarks from Ireland at the Senior Bowl.
On Thursday’s edition of PFT Live, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald explained that Ireland’s comments were slightly broader than that. Per Salguero, who was admirably reluctant to take issue with the Post report despite my best efforts to instigate trouble, said that Ireland in reality said he told the scouts in December to be ready for either defense.
“If we had to go to a 4-3 or stay in a 3-4, we have some personnel that we could make a pretty good transition,” Ireland said. “There’d be some pieces we need to find. We have good personnel to do either one. I’ve prepared our scouts especially in December when we made a [coaching] change that we need to be looking at 4-3 personnel if that was to take a change. We’ve been looking at it for a while. It’s mainly linebackers and defensive linemen that you’re really looking for. We’ll make that transition if we go that route. It’s not going to be that big a transition.”
So there you have it. The Dolphins may be sticking with a 3-4. Or they may be switching to a 4-3.