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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he believes linebacker Jonathan Vilma will be able to transition to a 3-4 defense.
“Yeah, I don’t think anyone wants to place him over that guard bubble and have to take on that block,” Payton said. “And I think he’s a guy that runs to the ball and has great vision, very instinctual football player. I think you take some of that away if all of a sudden he’s playing over an uncovered guard and now his size becomes an issue.
“A lot of things may concern you with a player change. So, he’ll play over on that weakside position and I that will be very similar to what he did this past year. Curtis Lofton, who’s a little heavier, will play on that strong inside Mike position. So I think that part of it for those two guys transition pretty well.”
Payton isn’t sure if he has all of the pieces needed to run a 3-4.
“I don’t know that we have the pieces in place that we feel comfortable with, or certainly there’s
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