Colts seek “athletic, speed players” for switch to 4-3 defense

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The Cowboys switched from the 3-4 to the 4-3 in 2013 in an effort to add speed to their defense. Matt Eberflus coached the Cowboys’ linebackers then.

Now, he is the defensive coordinator in Indianapolis and switching the Colts from a 3-4 to a 4-3.

“We have to make that switch with the personnel first, and with Frank [Reich], with Chris [Ballard], we’ll talk about all those different shifts — guys moving from outside backer to defensive end; the D-tackles, the nose tackle, where are we going to put those guys, and all that,” Eberflus said, via Andrew Walker of the team website. “So that’s the first shift that you have to talk about, and we’re going through that process right now.”

The team’s defense could end up looking a lot like the Colts’ defenses under Tony Dungy, with a Tampa 2 coverage scheme. Reich said during an interview with SiriusXM this week that the Tampa 2 is “just a really proven, test-of-time scheme where it can create plays.”

“Really the major shift is that we want athletic, speed players that possess quickness, instincts and striking ability,” Eberflus said. “And you should see that on the field. So you’re going to see more speed, more quickness, more athletic ability, and those are the guys that we’re going to want to acquire through the draft, through free agency, and those will be the type of players that we have on our team. So that’s the major shift that you’ll see.”

16 responses to “Colts seek “athletic, speed players” for switch to 4-3 defense

  1. Steelers seem to have good speed in their 3-4. Most teams are in sub packages half the time so anyone who says they are switching are prob just buying time or not going to be a good DC.

  2. Eberflus is a top coach who will likely be a head coach sooner
    than later. His move to the Colts will help immensely.
    A move the Jones family did not want to see.
    He will most likely sign Anthony Hitchens from the
    Cowboys. This is a solid signing …just like the
    Jaguars signing Barry Church.

  3. “We want athletic, speed players that possess quickness, instincts and striking ability.” Isn’t that what every team ever always wants? All the way to Pop Warner?

  4. jxt2521 says:
    February 21, 2018 at 9:25 pm
    Steelers seem to have good speed in their 3-4.
    Not enough speed to keep up with Blake Bortles.

  5. omeletpants says:
    February 22, 2018 at 1:15 am
    Tony Dungy’s crap defenses were the reason Peyton Manning didnt win 4 Super Bowls. Most overrated head coach of all time (after Mike Ditka).

    Actually, it was Bill Polian spending all the money on offense that caused the problem. Dungy was a good defensive coach, having created the tampa defense prior to gruden taking it and winning a super bowl.

  6. Peyton Manning was one of the reason Indy didnt win all those Superbowls. That and the Patriots being in their division.

  7. A good coach says I prefer X system but I don’t have the personnel so I will use a Y system. I will use what I have accordingly.

    A bad coach says “I want MY system” and the team spends 2-3 years tearing down the old one to get players for the new system.

    Which do you prefer?

  8. It doesn’t matter what scheme they’re in. They will be gassed by the end of every game because their O won’t be able to sustain drives to give them a break. Too many holes in this team to fix just by changing the D, especially when they lack the talent to stop anyone.

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