Jags to move former first-round pick Tyson Alualu to defensive end


When Gus Bradley was retained as defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks following the change in head coaches from Jim Mora to Pete Carroll, one of the key personnel changes they made was to move Red Bryant from defensive tackle to defensive end.

Bryant had struggled to find a role with the Seahawks and actually believed the move was a precursor to him being cut by the team. Instead, the move helped anchor the Seahawks’ defensive line as they became stronger against the run and developed into one of the top defenses in the league over the last few seasons.

Bradley could be looking to find the same success again in Jacksonville as head coach of the Jaguars. According to Mark Long of the Associated Press, the Jaguars are going to move former first-round draft pick Tyson Alualu from defensive tackle to defensive end.

With Bradley at the helm, the Seahawks employed a hybrid 4-3 defense that lined up with four linemen and three linebackers, but functioned more like a traditional 3-4 defense in its responsibilities. Assuming the Jaguars use similar principles, the end position Alualu will play will be more focused on stopping the run than to be a pass rushing threat. With Alualu playing defensive end in a 3-4 defense in college, it’s a position he is familiar with.

“I think it works to my strengths: being a bigger body, being able to hold my own against an offensive tackle, being able to hold double teams versus a tight end and just being able to stop the run when I’m out there lined up against defensive end,” Alualu said.

Alualu hasn’t yet been able to live up to his status as a Top 10 draft pick in three seasons with the Jaguars. A knee injury his rookie season also has lingered and affected his play on the field. Nevertheless, Alualu had his best season last year for the Jaguars in recording 45 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

10 responses to “Jags to move former first-round pick Tyson Alualu to defensive end

  1. Basically he is situational

    DE on 1st down (Run)
    DE on 2nd down and short (Run)
    DT on 2nd down and long (Pass)
    DE on 3rd inches (Run)
    DT on 3rd down (Pass)

  2. So…they drafted him far, far too high…then played him out of position.

    Well…that clears up some things. The whole “why does Jacksonville suck so bad?” question, for one thing…

  3. You need a Red Bryant to run Seattle’s D. Our run-stiffyness went way down when he got hurt.

    In the ‘Hawks scheme, you have a classic 3-4 DE 2 gapping on one end of the line, next to your best pass rushing 4-3 3tech, next to a 2 gapping 3-4 1tech Nose, next to a 4-3 DE pass rush specialist (aka LEO) who plays like a blitzing 3-4 OLB with no gap responsibilities and his hand in the dirt, ala Terrell Suggs. So basically, you have 3 DTs and a DE in your front four.

    Poslusky should be a probowler in this scheme, because backs tend to see cutback lanes based on the gap assignments which lead right into the unblocked Mike LB. It helps if your SS and FS are good in run support as well, but that’s true with pretty much every scheme.

    Good luck, Gus.

  4. This is Tyson’s second on-the-field chance to stay on the team. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that Gene, Del Rio, et al drafted him to play something he wasn’t suited for. The guy has hardly any burst and his sacks were reasons for 3 1/2 Bronx cheers last year.

    I would like to see him succeed at run stopping. We do face CJ & Foster twice a year. That won’t pay for his fat salary, but at least its a chance for him to establish himself on the team as something other than a bust or a late bloomer.

    I do think that the team needs to draft proven SEC run stoppers for the inside of the DL a la when Coughlin had Stroud-Henderson in the middle. I don’t think many PAC-10 DLs have to push a guy over and tackle a speedy, big back as often.

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