we go over this time and time again. you don't use less players where you are weak. Allotting fewer players to the D-line would weaken our already weak rush defense immensely. If we had just 3 total stud D-linemen and no one else- then ya a 3-4 could work in theory.
I'm not sure what defense you are watching, but it isn't the defense that ISU runs unless you are going back to the old Okie 5-2 from the 70's. In a 4-3, the DE's do not line up wide. Especially the strong side DE as he lines up inside the TE on the OT. The back side DE also lines up on the OT. Once again, he is looking at the C gap while holding his ground and not getting pushed out wide to open up the B gap. He is usually only checking the D gap for plays like boots and reverses.
I agree that the player who has force responsibility can not let the play get outside of them. The issue is that the force is almost never the DE as they have other more important responsibilities. The force is either a LB or S. If anyone has ever had a coach tell them otherwise, I would hope that they were simply behind the times and still trying to run either a 5-2 or a 5-3 defense.
Next time watch and see where our ends line up. Compared to a lot of 4-3's they are plenty wide. I don't know why and I'm not saying it's wrong.
I would like someone to explain to me how in the hell we are going to ever put a linebacker or a safety in position to contain and ever stop anything up the middle. It will not happen with the guys we currently have.
I would also ask what is more important in an outside run play of any sort than making sure the back doesn't get to the edge? I can't think of anything. Ideally, sure we would love tosend our Dends up the field, but our personnel in the middle of the field doesn't allow that. If you need evidence just go look at the KSU game. We got trampled through the middle all day.
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