One of the big concerns with the Philadelphia Eagles switching to a 3-4 defense is how Trent Cole and Brandon Graham will fair at dropping into coverage as an OLB.
Before going any further, yes, we will acknowledge that the scheme Bill Davis will run will be a hybrid defense that utilizes 3-4 and 4-3 concepts (4-3 under, etc). However, the 3-4 will be their base defense.
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The perception about teams that run a 3-4 base defense is that the outside linebackers need to be capable of dropping into pass coverage from time to time. If they don’t, it minimizes the guessing game for the opposing offense.
The funny thing is, star OLBs are usually not known for their pass coverage abilities. They’re known for their pass rush and setting the edge against the run. The rule of thumb is, with the exception of certain star pass rushers, that they should be able to drop into pass coverage around 30% of the time.
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