So much for all the speculation that Dennis Allen would be making the switch to 3-4 scheme in Oakland. There could be instances in which the Raiders will “mix it up” but for the most part it’s looking like the good ol’ 4-3 is here to stay. At least that’s what Tommy Kelly says after his first week with yet another new coaching staff.
“We’re going to do what we always do; run four man. I’m just assuming. Heard he’s a guy that mixes it up, so you never know.”
Perhaps it is way too early in the process to proclaim the Raiders unchanged from a defensive stand point. Even if they are running the trusty 4-3 it doesn’t mean the same philosophies will be in place. With Al Davis no longer the de facto defensive coordinator you’d have to believe some things will just inherently be different what with different coaches in place.
As of yet the coaches have yet to officially workout the players due to the language of the CBA. So it stands to reason that whatever schemes Kelly went over are only the early phases of the supposedly new scheme. Time will tell.
For all we know Allen and his defensive coordinator Jason Tarver are planning to roll out the 3-4 once they have the proper personnel in place. The Raiders did pay a visit to Alabama draft prospect Josh Chapman who just so happens to be a pure nose tackle, the type that thrives in the 3-4. So let’s not be so quick to judge a book by its cover. Things will be different. They’re going to have to be otherwise we’re looking at another .500 season at best.