Specifically for the Coaches: The 3-4 Defense

Kevin Cline

Nick Aliotti

Specifically for the Coaches: The 3-4 Defense

(15 Analyses)

1. Fish Report: Oregon’s New Defense
Text Analysis  (Pictures need to be added) Published 6-16-2011
This is the near-5,000 word white paper about Oregon’s conversion to the 3-4 defense in 2010. This article was personally approved by Oregon’s Defensive Coordinator, Nick Aliotti, at the time. Directory: 12.1


2. The Amazing Nick Aliotti Oregon Hybrid 3-4 Defense
Video Analysis Published 7-17-2012
This video builds the basis of the 3-4 defense that Oregon ran for several years, and that numerous college and NFL teams continue to operate with. Directory 12.1


3. The Ingredients of an Oregon Defensive Masterpiece
Text Analysis Published 9-25-2012
This analysis delves into the superb two-gap technique displayed by Oregon defensive linemen in their 3-4 defense. Directory 12.1, 13.8

C. Grassmick

Aliotti had a quality sideline presence.


4. Oregon’s Disguised 3-4 Defense – The Hidden Bear
Text and GIF Analysis Published 8-26-2014
A discussion of the “Bear” defense and how it can be worked into the 3-4 defense as Oregon did for a little over a year. Directory 12.1


5. Winning the Trenches: The Key to the Oregon Ducks and Philadelphia Eagles’ 3-4 Defenses
Text Analysis Published 9-19-2014
A breakdown of blitzes, stunts, and one or two gapping in the 3-4 defense.

6. Oregon Defensive Line Secrets: Stopping the Run
Text and GIF Analysis Published 12-16-2014
This is an ideal article to show Two-Gapping technique for a 3-4 defense and review of “gap control.” Great primer for defensive linemen and demonstrating the SODA process. Directory 12.1, 13.8


7. A Coach’s Response: Myth-conceptions about the 4-3 versus the 3-4 Defensive Fronts
Text Analysis Published 2-17-2015
This is an educational piece about the differences between the 4-3 versus the 3-4 defenses. 

Valero Alamo Bowl

Aliotti thrived in an underdog role.


8.The Butterfly Effect: The Spread Offense’s Effect on the Philadelphia Eagles’ Inside Linebackers
Text Analysis Published 7-26-2015
The rise of the spread offense in the 21st century generated a butterfly effect on defenses. Coaches in bastions of the spread such as the Pac-12 responded to three, four and five receiver formations by using 3-4 or 3-3-5 fronts. This allowed them to easily disguise blitzes and drop eight men into coverage.

The playmakers in these schemes are inside linebackers behind the wall who must be rangy and athletic. For this reason, college football influences Chip Kelly’s actions in the NFL and his choice of personnel at this position reflects that. Kelly’s collection of inside linebackers who played on college teams that used three-man fronts shows how a coach’s decisions on offense also shape his decisions on defense. PICTURES MUST BE RE-INSERTED Directory 12.1,13.6


9.Secondary Under Fire: The Present-versus-Past Analysis of the Oregon Defense
Text Analysis Published 12-08-2015
This is a statistical analysis for Oregon fans concerning the 2015 defense compared to the past defenses. 


10. Analysis: The Trend Line of Oregon’s Defense
Text Analysis Published 12-01-2015
This statistical analysis is for Oregon fans to learn what the trend-line is…  


11. The 4-3 vs the 3-4 Defensive Analysis: Expectations for Oregon Football
Text Analysis Published 4-24-2016
This is significant statistical analysis as it takes into account nationally how the 4-3 defense has done versus the 3-4. Some surprising conclusions for Oregon fans to know! Directory 12.1, 12.2, 17.0

12. Coach’s Comments: “Oregon will have TWO New Defenses….”
Text Analysis: Published on 12-28-2016
Charles Fischer and Coach Mike Morris look at the growing trend of defenses playing a base, such as a 3-4, but also delving into other defenses as game conditions will dictate.

13. Oregon Fans: A Glimpse of a Jim Leavitt 3-4 Defense
Text Analysis: Published 12-20-2016
Charles Fischer and Coach Mike Morris outline the basics of what to look for in a Jim Leavitt defense and what to look for in the 2017+ seasons at Oregon.

14. Why the Oregon Defense Is Poised for Immediate Improvement
Text Article: Published on 5-25-2017
Justin Samples, who played in the 3-4 Hybrid defense in college gives fans and coaches perspectives concerning the 3-4 and the 3-3-5 defense. Fans of Oregon will take note as well as college football fans learning the changes occurring in defenses today to combat the prolific spread offenses.

15The “404” Defensive Scheme is BACK with DC Jim Leavitt
Text Analysis: Published on 5-09-2017
Coach Mike Morris reveals “one of the hardest defenses ever to block” to both college football fans and coaches, but also to Oregon fans.  A defensive classic!

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