I think we could make a very plausible transition to a 3-4 defense, if not this year then in the near-future. First, coaches: Check out some of the defensive coaches currently or potentially available this off-season Romeo Crennel (coached Super Bowl defenses for the Patriots, had KC's defense looking good before he moved to HC) Ray Horton (Cardinals DC and the last man standing after their house-cleaning; would probably want out of the desert) Mike Pettine (Jets DC, did not resign with them) All three of those guys have stellar resumes as DCs. Second, our current roster: What is the necessary strength of any 3-4? The linebacking corps. What is the brightest spot on our defense? Our linebackers. Zach Brown showed us his Beast Mode in Week 17. Will Witherspoon is a wiley vet who. Ayers came on this year both as a tackler and a pass-rusher. Brown could play the "rover"-type ILB (a la Lawrence Timmons) with Ayers playing the "thumper" position, AND he could rush from the outside as a LOLB. Our current DEs. Kamerion Wimbley was drafted to play 3-4 OLB and he's done it well in the past. Morgan was projected as a possible 3-4 OLB, though right now he's playing about ten pounds above his draft weight. Both those guys had flashes this year but our interior D-line situation was bad and they couldn't get a free release. Putting them on the outside would change that. Alternately, Morgan could play at the RDE position, especially in passing situations where we stay in a 3-man front. Our interior D-linemen: Jurrell Casey has reminded me of Ryan Pickett since we drafted him, a space-eater who can hold the line well even though he's not a big-time penetrator. I'm less certain about Martin as a 3-4 DE but I do think he could adjust well. I can see Klug being like a Justin Smith: everyone thought Smith was undersized for the 3-4 but he's had success because of his motor, something Klug has in abundance. Size-wise Klug might even be able to play the LOLB position on run-downs (not sure I like him rushing from a 9-technique though). Third, who we could add this off-season: The one thing we seriously lack for a 3-4 is the Nose Tackle position. Check out some of the veteran NTs who are scheduled for free agency: Terrance Knighton (Jaguars): has been a beast in the 4-3 but certainly has the size for the NT position at 336 lbs. Isaac Sopogoa (49ers): out with an injury right now and might not get resigned if his replacements play well enough. Corey Williams (Lions): played both NT and DE in Green Bay's 3-4 and did it well. Probably a pricier option. Ma'ake Kemoeatu (Ravens): Had sort of a revival this year and a pure-and-simple space-eater. Aubrayo Franklin (Chargers): signed a one-year contract and not likely to be back with the coaching change. Was a Pro-Bowler with San Francisco though he's showing his years. Casey Hampton (Steelers): clearly not who he once was but still a serviceable band-aid when healthy, and will come extra-cheap. So you can add one of those guys in free agency and then draft one of these guys as a backup/future star: Star Lotuleilei (Utah)/Jonathan Jenkins (Ohio State): both projected to go above our pick but you never know. Jonathan Hankins (UGA): 355 lbs., slipping draft stock so we might get him in the second Daniel McCullers (Tennessee): Yeah, UT's D was infamously bad this year, but watch McCullers. He's is CONSTANTLY double- and very often triple-teamed and he STILL penetrates the backfield. Every team we played turned just about every run away from him. And what's even better is he never stops pursuit: he made tackles ten yards downfield when the rest of the D couldn't get there at all. Sit him behind a vet for a year and then cruise for the next ten. Plus...6'6", 277 lbs. So, you end up with a defensive front that looks like this (as an example): LDE: Jurrell Casey, Sen'Derrick Marks NT: Casey Hampton, Daniel McCullers RDE: Mike Martin, Karl Klug LOLB: Derrick Mogran, Karl Klug WILB: Zach Brown, Will Witherspoon SILB: Akeem Ayers, Colin McCarthy ROLB: Kamerion Wimbley, Akeem Ayers So: am I crazy, or bat-snot crazy?