It was one of the biggest questions floating around the Raiders during the offseason. Finally, we’re getting an answer.
Will Dennis Allen implement a 3-4 front? Yes…sometimes.
Yesterday in the first of three practices open to the public (with tickets) the Raiders unveiled a 3-4 alignment that may or may not be a sign of things to come.
After OTAs we already knew the Raiders were going to be mixing it up on defense. Without the full compliment of personnel necessary to play a 3-4 fulltime it was a given that some hybrid type of scheme was going to be the new direction of the defense. However it wasn’t until yesterday that the 3-4 was officially unveiled.
Now the next question is are we seeing a preview of the future or only a small part of the grand scheme?
If Allen and his coordinator Jason Tarver want to go 3-4 all day then likely they’ll have to wait another year until more talent can be brought in to fit the scheme. More than likely the Raiders will be crafting their own scheme that will utilize elements of multiple schemes with multiple fronts. That’s the forward thinking of Allen at work which helped improved Denver’s defense a year ago.
It’s yet another indication of the sweeping changes coming to Oakland and it can’t be coincidence that it came on the first day in which fans were allowed to see the team up close and personal. Change is here, Nation. And it’s a great thing!