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Trades hint Oakland may switch to 3-4

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    By Bill Williamson

    For the second time in an otherwise quiet offseason, the Oakland Raiders are trying to resurrect the career of a former high draft pick who is best suited to be a 3-4 defensive player.

    Quentin Groves told ESPN.com he has been traded from Jacksonville to Oakland. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Oakland sent a fifth-round pick for Groves. He was a second-round pick in 2008. If he doesn’t work out, it won’t cost Oakland much.

    He was never overly productive for Jacksonville. The team moved him from linebacker to defensive end.

    Last month, Oakland acquired former first-round pick Kamerion Wimbley from Cleveland. He is expected to start at linebacker for the Raiders. If these two youngsters produce results, Oakland’s defense could improve quickly.

    Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. believes the Raiders may be tinkering with the idea of using the 3-4. Here is what Williamson had to say:

    “Groves is like Wimbley. He is an undersized defensive end that is best suited to be an outside linebacker in the 3-4. They have a lot committed to Richard Seymour and he is best suited as a 3-4 guy. It seems everything they’ve done is to lean toward the 3-4. Using these guys in the 4-3 really wouldn’t bring out the best in them.”

    F :icon_finger: The :icon_finger: Raiders
  2. DenverBolt67

    DenverBolt67 BoltTalker

    Jan 24, 2010
    Maybe they reach and take Cody way too early
  3. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard FORMER Charger fan at 7000'

    Jul 12, 2007
    Did Cody have a fast 40 time?
  4. Cheapseats

    Cheapseats The fight for LA is over....LA lost.

    Jul 24, 2008
    As a DT? or to compete against JaLardbutt at QB?
  5. Rainman

    Rainman BoltTalker

    Sep 4, 2006
    The 3-4?!?

    I'm sure the thought of that makes Richard Seymour want to sign an extension! :icon_rofl: :icon_banana: :icon_rofl:

    Long live Al Davis! :thumbup:
  6. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    With the surprise pick *once again* of McClain, maybe this gives more ammo to the rumor of another possible 3-4 convert/hybrid.

    If this keeps goin I will bet that the 3-4 fades in 5 years to something else or back to 4-3. The way our roster looks is good for this scenario to unfold in the near future and we make the ez transition to a 4-3.

    Hope im wrong, but by my count we are getting to near 50/50 3-4 to 4-3 teams.

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