Louis NIx III could be Vince Wilfork’s eventual replacement.
NEPD Contributor: Wayne B. Jones
Multiple front defenses have become popular in the NFL today. New Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis is implementing a “multiple” unit defense for the upcoming 2013 season. But in New England Bill Belichick has been using a multiple front defense (scheme) for many years.
The New England Patriots scheme flexible defense is a hybrid 3-4, 4-3 alignment. The key to the success of this system is flexibility of personnel. To be able to effectively switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3 to a dime defense and other multiple sets requires versatility at nearly every position. Players have to be able to run, cover and hit. Linemen have to be strong enough to hold the point in the 3-4, but get up field in a 4-3. Defensive backs have to be very good in zone coverage but efficient in man coverage when needed. This system requires a special skill set and an above average football IQ.
A 2014 NFL draft prospect that best fits New England’s scheme is Notre Dames Louis Nix III (6’3”, 326).