, Wisconsin (PressExposure) January 27, 2009 -- The Green bay coaching staff is attending the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana this week. They will be looking for defensive players who fit in with their newly adopted 3-4 scheme.
It is a radical change from the previous scheme of a 4-3 defense. It will require a change in personnel as the players who currently know the 4-3 defense may not fit well with the new scheme.
In and article by James Alder, "Football 101: Understanding the basics of the 4-3 defense, he said, "The 4-3 defense is a basic defensive formation that is widely used today. The alignment features four down lineman and three linebackers in the front seven, thus the name 4-3."
And at associatedcontent.com, "In the 3-4 defense, the most important position is that of the Nose Tackle. The Nose Tackle, or NT, plays in the middle of the line. His primary job is to command double or even triple teams, so the rest of the line and linebackers can either go one on one with a lineman, or be free to blitz or tackle. He is the dominating force in the middle that stuffs runs, and usually does not command spectacular stats. Despite this, the NT is the most important position in a 3-4 defense. If he is not able to hold his ground against 2 or even 3 blockers, then the defense is vulnerable to inside runs. Because of the physical exertion and shock that results from constant double and triple teams, Nose Tackles must have incredible stamina and endurance."
This means that many of the players up for unrestricted free agency on the 27th may not be asked to come back, including DT Colin Cole, who doesn't fit well with the new scheme, DE Michael Montgomery, considered too small for the position of nose tackle, and OT Mark Taushcer, who is still recovering from a torn ACL from last season.
Other restricted free agents include S Atari Bigby, WR Shawn Bodiford, CB Jarrett Bush, TE Tony Humphrey, DE Jason Hunter, FB John Kuhn, WR Ruvell Martin and exclusive rights free agent CB Tramon Williams.
Al Harris is also a player in question, as a 12 year veteran, how will he fit in with the new scheme? Coach Darren Perry said, "The one thing we don't want to do is jeopardize our players' ability and try to do something that doesn't fit our personnel. If that means maybe not doing as much or being a little bit more multiple in our looks up front, then that's what we'll do."
Msn.foxsports.com reported that the top three needs of the Packers are at the defensive tackle, defensive end and tight end positions. Julius Pepper would be a good choice for the packers, as he will become a free agent when the period starts.
The Packers are currently working on an empty roster. No players have been released, acquired or resigned at this time, but with the Combine coming to a close, the coaching staff has to be working on a strategy for the upcoming draft.