Oakland Raiders: Maximizing Talent Through the Hybrid Defense

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Raiders Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver

Aug 16, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders face a daunting challenge in 2014. The Raiders face off against three playoff teams in their division, a brutal travel itinerary, and the most difficult schedule in the league. A tough proposition for a team hoping to have its first winning season since 2002.

Head Coach Dennis Allen and the “Mad Scientist” Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver may have something special brewing in 2014, with a defense that could be one of the most versatile in the league. While both have given no indication of a switch from the 4-3 defense to the 3-4, personnel and preference may win over once September 7th rolls around.

Is this defense a 4-3 or 3-4? Well….according to Head Coach Dennis Allen it is neither.

The Raiders will implement a Hybrid style defense to maximize the talent on the roster, the key word being talent. The Raiders finally boast a very talented defense, with a coaching staff willing to put them in the best position to succeed.

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  • Don

    Be scared of the Raiders.

  • KloverJane

    Tarver is going to tactically pick apart opposing offenses with these chess pieces! Raider Nation Rises!

  • Christopher Witt

    Raiders will be a force to reckoned with this year.

  • Bob

    Who cares what they call it. Fans get too caught up on the terms 4 – 3 or 3 – 4. The raiders have won a Super Bowl or two using both.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    It doesn’t matter what the Defense is called if it works, and there is no reason why it shouldn’t. Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver is a “Mad Scientist,” and I love the intensity he brings to the Raiders. He is the rebirth of Chuckee, and he will get this defense firing on all cylinders. We saw flashes of it last year. Although the defensive ranking hasn’t changed from 2011-present (avg. 28.5), turnovers have increased, and especially turnovers in favor of the Raiders (2012- 16 turnovers for the Raiders/ 2013- 21 turnovers for the Raiders). Pass rush has been the problem for the Raiders defense, but that should be a thing of the past with the addition of Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, Antonio Smith, Khalil Mack, and C.J. Wilson to go along with Sio Moore, Pat Sims, Jack Crawford, and Stacy McGee. The sacks should increase this year, and that will give way to more interceptions by the CB’s, LB’s, and S’s. This year should be very exciting to watch.

  • Mark Shafer

    I am looking forward to seeing the 52 defense, with some 91, mixed in with a little 55, ect all backed up with the big 24!

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  • Raider Grant

    Super stoked bout this season & that Raider “D” !!! Being versatile in your defensive schemes/packages makes for a headache for opposing offenses. No matter how you dice it you have 11 players….use em! Time to Stop, Pop, and shut down opposing teams shop! Go Raiders