To be sure, we'll see if McClain is better in a 34 or the scheme simply masked his flaws in college better.Also, You keep making this comparison of Shaughnessy to Goethel. It's an apples and oranges comparison because Shaughnessy is our star DE, while Goethel is a backup MLB. The point is the switch to a 34 helps many more people in the defensive scheme than the 43 scheme. The fact is McClain, Curry and possibly Wimbley all play better in a 34 scheme. I don't subscribe to the belief that Wimbley wouldn't be good in a 34 scheme because in his rookie season, in a 34 scheme, he put up the most sacks in his career. He obviously can play in a 34 scheme. I think it's unanimous that Curry and McClain both do much better in a 34 scheme, so I won't bother with a counter point for that.
So it's as I said, we're dumping Shaughnessy for Goethel to start off. Don't see how that makes our front seven better.Yes, we'll nee another ILB or OLB (depending on where Curry plays), but we can find one somewhere.. if not, Goethel will be serviceable for a season until we can find a better one in the draft next season. .
Seymour is over the hill. He'd need to be better playing 34 end which would be expecting too much. It's less demand to play inside 43 and Seymour couldn't do that, he's too old to be effective in a 34 at this point. We also get rid of Kelly, which as your aware, CAN NOT play 34 for beans. So we deal 2 solid players and one veteran contributor for the hope that our LB (who are extremely inconsistent) will step up and fill the gap enough to make us a better defense. I don't see it without major changes and upgrades.Houston did alright in the 43. He didn't have the best stats, but he did very well. His pressures were good and was a better than expected run stopper for us. That said, I think many believe he's built more for a 34 end or a 34 NT. Seymour could play one more season at his natural position (34 end [if we decide to keep him]).
So we're exchanging the best part of our team for (until the secondary caught up) the worst part of our team but...We're better off because it's a 34? Our worst defensive year in the last decade was a 34-- much worse than this year.Look, here's the facts of the situation. In the 43, we don't get as much pressure. Seymour isn't getting younger and the same can be said for Kelly. Shaughnessy, when out there, is getting better, but nowhere near that Jared Allen level of end. Houston, on the other end, isn't as effective as he should be. The main problem in the 43 is our LB core. They aren't 43 LBs... McClain doesn't have the athletic ability to be a MLB. Wimbley isn't the best SLB. Curry, while he was effective at times, would be better in a 34 scheme (my opinion).
I agree! And THAT is the major issue more than anything else.You keep saying we do not have the personnel for a 34 scheme. The honest truth is we don't really have the personnel for either scheme.
I'd rather make things better by getting better players.I'll just leave it on this. Two seasons ago, with pretty much the same players, we were second in the league in sacks but middle of the pack in PPGA. This past season we were almost last in the league PPGA, but were decent in sacks. I don't think it gets much worse in a 34 scheme. I'd rather give it a try and make a switch trying to make things better than sit in mediocrity for another season.