Will the Packers Switch to a 4-3 Defense?

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Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton (19) avoids Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52). Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

There has been some talk lately about the Packers making a move to a 4-3 defense from the 3-4. We take detailed look at what the Packers defense would look like if they switched to a 4-3 alignment.

Yes, we all know the Green Bay Packers defense has struggled as of late. Last season, the unit finished 25th in league, did OK in 2012 as the 11th-ranked unit until they fell apart in the playoffs, and was last in the league in 2011.

The Packers haven’t had anything close to a dominant defense since their 2010 Super Bowl run. In fact, they haven’t finished better than 17th (2012) against the run since their Super Bowl title three seasons ago.

Many have suggested a change to a 4-3 defense would solve many of the Packers struggles against the run. A suggestion I’ll admit I’ve rolled my eyes about because I believe simply switching scheme doesn’t improve a defense.

Personally, I’ve always been partial to the 3-4 defense. I like it’s ability to put a team’s linebackers in position to make plays and it is a lot easier to find athletic playmaking linebackers to build around than pass rushing defensive ends.

However, this offseason may be the first one in awhile I’m willing to change my mind on this topic.

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