Greenway Says Vikings Sticking With 4-3 on Defense

Minnesota_Vikings logo smallWhile new Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer does have a background in both the 3-4 and 4-3 defensive schemes, according to linebacker Chad Greenway via an interview with the Star Tribune’s Sid Hartman, the team will be primarily sticking with the 4-3 defensive style.

“We’ll look like a 4-3 defense, which is what we are for the most part,” Greenway stated, “Of course, Coach Zimmer and Coach Edwards are very good at manipulating the front and making it look different.

He continued, “But really, you’re going to notice the biggest difference in our coverage. We used to sit back in a zone the majority of the time, for the past eight years, basically. Now we’re not going to be doing much of that at all. We’re going to be playing a lot of matchup stuff. That makes defenses a little more difficult to learn. There’s a lot of moving parts to each defense, and they’re all a little different, and you just have to work through those kinks. And now is the time to do it.”

Greenway also told Hartman he may end up playing more than just outside linebacker, the position in which he’s played his entire NFL career.

“Starting at outside linebacker over my entire NFL career and in college, it’s definitely a different perspective. It’s amazing how everybody thinks it would be the same. The reality is, there are a lot of differences in it. The assignments are obviously different, but you’re also taking on different kinds of people when you’re taking on blocks. You’re taking on a lot more guards … and of course you’re playing in the box. You’ve got to play downhill. So there are different requirements, but very similar to what I’ve always done.”

While technically the Vikings will likely remain a 4-3 defense, many are still expecting new coach Zimmer’s style to be much different than previous regimes. Over his many years of coaching, Zimmer has noticeably used many different fronts utilizing a variety of different personnel packages to blitz and wreak havoc on front lines.

When discussing those differences, Greenway said; “We used to sit back in a zone the majority of the time, for the past eight years, basically. Now we’re not going to be doing much of that at all. We’re going to be playing a lot of matchup stuff. That makes defenses a little more difficult to learn. There’s a lot of moving parts to each defense, and they’re all a little different, and you just have to work through those kinks. And now is the time to do it.”

Now the only question is whether the youthful revamped defense, which could have 3 to 5 players starting in only their 1st or 2nd season along with at least 2 players acquired in free agency, can learn the new complex defense fast enough to turn the defense that allowed more points than any other team in the league last year into a respectable unit.

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