Redskins' 3-4 defense will be "good challenge" for Cowboys
Although the Redskins are last in the NFL in total defense, their 3-4 scheme has presented challenges to opposing offenses this season.
The Dallas Cowboys play host to the Redskins on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium, and Dallas interim coach Jason Garrett has observed many impressive things on film while reviewing the Redskins' 3-4. But Garrett also was impressed with their previous 4-3 base alignment.
"Well the scheme is different, obviously," Garrett said. "Four down linemen versus three down linemen. The 3-4 is something that seems to be becoming more and more prevalent in this league. There are still a number of teams playing the four-down scheme the Redskins used to play.
"They have very good players. They have good players up front. They have good linebackers, they are very productive and they are good in the back end. The scheme is different, but the guys out there running it are the same and they seem like the same guys. It will be a good challenge for us. You just kind of see them doing it in a different way."
Preparing for the 3-4 is more difficult, Garrett said.
"You probably have known down linemen when you are playing against a 4-3 and these guys are truly defensive end-type players," Garrett said. "When you play a 3-4 scheme, those outside linebackers are potential rushers, like most teams have around the league. But they are also guys that will drop more frequently than the typical four down defensive lineman would.
"That is probably the biggest thing - the variety of pressures you can naturally get to in a three-down front. You can bring two linebackers strong, two linebackers weak, one from the side, one on a side and the good 3-4 schemes do all that stuff very seamlessly. It is important for us as an offense to be able to recognize who the potential pressure guys are and who are the guys dropping. That is the challenge you face every time you break the huddle against this scheme."
| December 18, 2010; 7:24 PM ET
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