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Falcons work out of 3-4 as base defense at OTAs

Mike Nolan, William Moore AP

Throughout the offseason, there has been talk that the Falcons would be shifting their base defense to a 3-4 scheme.

That talk was fueled by some of their offseason acquisitions as well as defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s background, although coach Mike Smith said that there wouldn’t be much difference from the past. It looks like there was something behind all that talk, though.

Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports that when Nolan called out “base defense” during Wednesday’s OTA, the Falcons lined up in a 3-4 front. Free agent arrivals Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai manned the defensive line with Jonathan Babineaux while Stansly Maponga, Joplo Bartu, Paul Worrilow and Jonathan Massaquoi were at linebacker.

Those names will change when players like Sean Weatherspoon and Kroy Biermann are healthy and it’s important to note that teams don’t spend all that much time in their base looks these days. With extra defensive backs and situational pass rushing alignments, the base defense can be a minor part of the game plan from week to week. Whenever it factors into Atlanta’s plans, it looks like it will be in the form of a 3-4.

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10 Responses to “Falcons work out of 3-4 as base defense at OTAs”
  1. hartcarluncarlun says: May 28, 2014 4:23 PM

    They will be much improved!!!

  2. binkystevens says: May 28, 2014 4:25 PM

    I’m sick of all these teams switching to a 3-4. Diluting the pool of 3-4 players for the rest of us

  3. thegreatgabbert says: May 28, 2014 4:35 PM

    3-4 or 4-3, that lineup is a mouthful.

  4. sGoDonkos says: May 28, 2014 4:43 PM

    didn’t read Osi’s name, guess he can’t rush anymore or nah?

  5. ilovefoolsball says: May 28, 2014 4:57 PM

    Last year it was “injuries”.
    Is this going to be the excuse when they have another sub .500 season? They just needed time to adjust?

    Pay Matt Ryan another $100 Mil, he’s good for it.

  6. kcflake says: May 28, 2014 5:46 PM

    Falcons Fans, In regards to Tyson Jackson, get ready to be disappointed. They overpaid for a dude that did nothing for the Chiefs in 4 years. The most Impressive thing he ever did was get drafted #3 overall. I was shocked the Falcons overpaid for him. If you are depending on Tyson Jackson, you will fail.

  7. slick50ks says: May 29, 2014 12:17 AM

    That front 7 is mediocre at best.

    I’d say the Falcons are still miles away from a good defense, something they haven’t had in ages.

  8. axespray says: May 29, 2014 11:24 AM

    Paul Soliai and a bunch of no names.

  9. whodatfromtheville says: May 29, 2014 5:35 PM

    It won’t matter what scheme they run.

  10. certifiedfolk71 says: Jun 2, 2014 11:27 AM

    Your right it won’t matter. The only thing that matter’s is Bird’s will be able to outscore the Aint’s this season and Nolan > Ryan.

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