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Jags to go back to 4-3 base defense in 2010

The Florida Times-Union reports that the 3-4 experiment in Jacksonville is over, and the team will go back to an ‘attack’ 4-3 defense in 2010:

Forget last season’s experiment with the 3-4 defense as the Jaguars are now going to line up in a base defense with three linebackers and four linemen, and specifically be an “attack 4-3 defense.” That is the way general manager Gene Smith describes what the defense will look like after a meeting of the minds with coach Jack Del Rio on what kind of team the Jaguars are going to be in 2010. “We are going to keep the 4-3 as our base defensive package and will be more of an attacking 4-3 with tighter coverage going into next year,” Smith said. Last season, the Jaguars switched to a 3-4 defense after they lost defensive end Reggie Hayward to a season-ending leg injury in the opener but that defense didn’t fit their personnel well, and they eventually switched back to the 4-3 scheme. Smith said the Jaguars will “have more of a penetrating front, hard-charging with more of a one-gap philosophy. We want to get to the edges attacking. Clearly we have to get better up front.”


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