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Already in the Fold, Part 3


I am generally a bigger fan of the 4-3 defense than the 3-4 alignment.

One of the reasons is I like the emphasis it puts on the pass rush and pressuring the outside lanes for running backs and scrambling QB's.

But one of the things that makes me nervous about the 4-3 is the added pressure it puts on those three linebackers to cover as much territory as possible.

Columbia's shift to the 4-3 last season had mixed results for the linebackers. But you have to consider the fact that superstar linebacker Alex Gross only played three games before his injury finished him off for the rest of the season.


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