Brian Flores: I’m unable to say I’m 3-4 or 4-3

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The Dolphins have played primarily a 4-3 defense in recent seasons. It sounds as if new coach Brian Flores plans to mix in some 3-4.

Miami needs pass-rushing linebackers if it’s going to make a 3-4 work.

“It’s a little bit of a challenge because you are always looking for different pieces and parts, but a lot of teams bounce back and forth,” General Manager Chris Grier said, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “It will be a little bit of a project in terms of finding those pieces. There are some pieces here. [Flores] said he likes some of our pieces obviously going against us a couple years, especially some of the offensive pieces he liked a lot.”

The Dolphins can save $12.9 million in cap space by cutting defensive end Robert Quinn, and defensive end Cameron Wake is scheduled to become a free agent. So Grier and Flores have some work to do in free agency and the draft to get some needed pieces.

Flores said on WQAM that “I’m unable to say I’m 3-4 or 4-3. I’m not wired that way. You have to be scheme versatile. We want to do that.”

“Each game is different. Each opponent is different,” Flores said during his press conference. “Their strengths, their weaknesses are different every week, so every week we’re coming up with a different plan. A lot of that is tied to who you have personnel-wise, what we can do versus what they can do. It could be different every week. I think in this game, you have to be multiple. If you sit in one thing, the coaches are too good.”

“They’ll find a weakness; they’ll take advantage of it. I think you have to be multiple and we’re going to try to do that.”

19 responses to “Brian Flores: I’m unable to say I’m 3-4 or 4-3

  1. Also, the Linebacker position is waning in importance with Nickel being base defense nearly across the league this year, which is reducing the front-7 to a front-6 (assuming the nickleback is not in the box)… it would be very curious for anyone to be all-in on 4 linebackers on-field simultaneously these days. As an example of their fallout, didn’t the Chargers go with 7 secondary and 0 linebackers a couple of times this year?? If so, I’ve never heard of that before.

  2. For all intents and purposes, the Pats played big nickel as their base last year w/ McCourtney, Chung, and Harmon all on the field, with traditional nickel with Jonathan Jones and dime with Jones and Harmon also used frequently.

    How many snaps were Hightower, Roberts, and Van Noy actually all on the field together for, outside of short yardage situations? FWIW, Wake and Quinn (if either are back) both have experience in both schemes.

    I do hope Wake gets a shot at a ring with a contender.

  3. As an example of their fallout, didn’t the Chargers go with 7 secondary and 0 linebackers a couple of times this year?
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    Yes, and the Pats looked at them and said ok, we’ll literally run the ball down your throat in the playoffs and crushed them. Why more teams don’t look at what the defense is giving them and take it is beyond me – i know it’s a passing league and folks love them some fantasy football numbers for QB/WRs but if a team is letting you get 5-6 yards per rush, why wouldn’t you take it?

  4. It makes sense for Flores to be “flexible” with whatever Defensive set he wants for a particular opponent whether it’s 4-3 or 3-4.
    However you MUST have versatile players to make that happen, something NE had & Miami really doesn’t….at the moment.
    I would like to think Quinn & Wake figure into next seasons planning – BOTH are the most versatile in either scheme .
    Unfortunately it will come down to how much cap room Grier can come up with by shedding some “dead” weight….Tannehill, Alonso…maybe even Stills?

  5. Most teams play 5-6 6-5 now a days unless they go 4-7 in defense scheme.. 4-4-3 or 4-3-4 is rare now a days I see many teams play 3 safeties 3 corners and 5 go. Now adays is more like a 4-2-5 5-1-5 on defense then ever .

  6. redclaw1314 says:
    February 6, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Dolphins will pay for Trey Flowers
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    Let me guess: “He’s going to break Brady in half?”

  7. Yeah that applies unless it’s wade phillips or Seattle’s defense. Chargers played same defense against patriots that Seattle has and it didn’t work cause you have to have talent and play up to the ball and all the yards underneath. Even Seattle’s most talented team couldn’t stop pats offense but they limited it, with cliff Avril pressure, tackles underneath but despite that Shane Vereen had 11 catches still. Make those drop offs patriots have turn from 2nd and 5 to 2nd and 8 or 9 instead. And wade Phillips defense had pressure from everywhere, these guys are rare and reason why we can keep up with New England better than most. Seattle and Denver when they had wade phillips and even phillly with their pass rush,

  8. I would suspect they will stay away from Flowers, other FAs and the Patriots practice squad for a period of time – perhaps two years

    there are 30 other teams to prey on

    thats if he’s smart – otherwise you end up like Mangini

  9. carloswlassiter says:
    February 6, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    redclaw1314 says:
    February 6, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Dolphins will pay for Trey Flowers
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    Let me guess: “He’s going to break Brady in half?”

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    He’s gonna break something… My guess is the bank. Dude is about to get paid.

  10. churchofthehoody says:
    February 6, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    He’s gonna break something… My guess is the bank. Dude is about to get paid.
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    I agree with you. I also think these guys run through walls in the year before free agency, and then are never the same after they get the big bucks. BB is smart enough to get them in the “wall” phase.

  11. It really is a normal thing these days to flip back and forth from your “base” defense to a different look. Even the Fins that have a base 4-3 ran a 3-4 on occasion.

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