|01-21-2013, 03:53 PM||#1|
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Lions Coach Jim Schwartz Silences Talk Of Switching To A 3-4 Defense
At the end of the season, when coach Jim Schwartz said the Detroit Lions could make adjustments to its defensive scheme based on personnel changes, the quote was taken by some in the local and national media as an indication Schwartz could make drastic alterations, potentially scrapping the Wide 9 and installing a 3-4 defense.
Asked if he would seriously consider altering his base defense for the 2013 season, Schwartz definitively shot down the idea.
"We're not going to a 3-4."
As for the Wide-9, the extra wide, angled defensive end alignment the Lions use on most downs, Schwartz didn't see it as the problem last year.
"We didn't have enough sacks this year," he said. "To be able to blame that on the Wide 9, the people that say that really don't know what they're talking about. Every team in league, when it's third down, lines up exactly the way we do it. It puts guys in the best position to rush the passer."
Schwartz will tell you the decision to run the Wide-9 is based on the team's personnel. He feels it best suited the strengths of the defensive ends Cliff Avril, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Lawrence Jackson and Willie Young.
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