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What does Jimbo mean by calling some of last year’s recruits Swing Players?

 

During the recruiting party/fundraiser, Jimbo referred two of the Defensive Line recruits as Swing players.  What does that mean?  Is that a key to what we should expect from the defensive in 2010?  Will we see some 3-4 without changing personnel?  I do not have a direct line to Fisher’s Staff but will attempt to answer my own questions below.

 

Just my opinion

 

  1. Fisher refers to guys that can both play the three-tech (DT) and (SDE) as swing players.  There will be more cross training of different defensive linemen so we can play either play Big with let’s say Dawkins at DE or up field with Dawkins at DT.
  2. Fisher is really showing a lot of his hand with this comment.  He has said that we will run a multiple package out of the 4-3.  From watching Fisher run the offense during any one game last year, you were likely to see plays were we would line up in the spread, pistol, pro set and classic college I.  On defensive side of the ball, I would not be surprised if play out of multiple sets.  Sets will change not just based on down & distance but to create indecision in the opponents QB and OC heads.
  3. It would not surprise me if we ran some 3-4 without changing personnel.  The WDE would slide to Jack and the 3-Tech or Swing Player would slide out to DE.



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