votingmachine wrote:This is a bit odd but I think the best defense to build is a 4-3. I think if you could select the best hall of famers, I would construct a 3-4. But that is because the skills of the 3-man D-line are rare. Most teams that build a 3-4 defense suck because you can't build a good 3-man D-line.
Interesting, I would actually go the other way with that. Yes, if we're talking about elite
3-4 linemen, then I agree, those guys are very difficult to find. When you consider that their main function in a 3-4 is to occupy blockers, sometimes two at a time, there aren't many players who can do that job and still break free for sacks and tackles as well. But, to me, a good
3-4 DL is someone who can do his primary job well - take on blockers and free up the LB's to make plays. In a 4-3, the DL has to be able to rush the passer but they also have to be able to play the run when necessary as well. I'd say it's easier to find three big guys who can focus on doing one thing well than to find four big guys who have to be able to do two things well.
In effect, in a 3-4, the DL's job is simplified and the LB's are asked to do more, making the quality of the LB's more important to the overall effectiveness of the defense. I think you can get away with just a good DL if you have elite LB's. While the opposite is true for the 4-3.