The new 3-4 defense is getting some early positive reviews from the Colorado St. Rams players and coaches. According to senior LB James Skelton, the new scheme allows for the linebacking crew to play to their strengths:
Skelton on 3-4 scheme: We've got 1 more linebacker on the field. We'll be flying around more. I'm confident in myself & the guys beside me.— CSU Rams Football (@CSUFootball) August 6, 2012
And co-defensive coordinator Marty English says the 3-4 will also fit better with the recruiting outlay of the Colorado area:
English: We think in the 3-4, where we're at, we have the ability to recruit more linebacker kids. The 3-4 fits our personnel.— CSU Rams Football (@CSUFootball) August 6, 2012
A 3-4 defense consists of three down lineman and four linebackers -- though many outside linebackers are actually just fast defensive ends who start from a standing position. The unique defensive style returned to the sport's forefront in the early 2000s when NFL teams like the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers began to employ it with great success.