2010 Defensive Coordinators and Schemes

This article will be updated throughout the off-season and contains valuable information pertaining to NFL defensive schemes. When selecting an IDP, it is important to not only know what position he plays, but also the defensive scheme he plays in as well. For example, having a SLB in a 4-3 defense is typically not a good idea since they have to get through an extra blocker to get to the ball and consequently have lower tackle numbers.

Here are the current situations around the NFL:

BASE DEFENSES
4-3:
CIN, HOU, TEN, NYG, OAK, PHI, SEA, ATL, DET, TB, JAX
4-3/Tampa-2: IND, MIN, CHI, CAR
3-4: CLE, NE, SD, PIT, DAL, MIA, GB, SF, ARI, KC, DEN, BUF
Multiple Front: BAL, NYJ, NO, WAS


Note: Anything listed in RED is a change from the 2009 season. Anything listed in GREEN is a 2010 in-season change.




AFC Logo

AFC EAST
Team
Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Schemes
Buffalo Bills
Chan Gailey
George Edwards
3-4 (probably 1-gap lean), some 4-3 and 44
Miami Dolphins
Tony Sparano
Mike Nolan
3-4 (probably 1-gap lean)
New England Patriots
Bill Belichick
Combination of DCs (including Belichick)

Multiple front, leaning 4-3 (2-gap leaning 3-4)
New York Jets
Rex Ryan
Mike Pettine
Multiple front, leaning
3-4



AFC NORTH
Team
Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Schemes
Baltimore Ravens
John Harbaugh
Greg Mattison
Multiple front, leaning
4-3
Cincinnati Bengals
Marvin Lewis
Mike Zimmer
4-3
Cleveland Browns
Eric Mangini
Rob Ryan
3-4 (lean 2-gap)
Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Tomlin
Dick LeBeau
3-4 (slight lean 2-gap)



AFC SOUTH
Team
Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Schemes
Houston Texans
Gary Kubiak
Frank Bush
4-3
Indianapolis Colts
Jim Caldwell
Larry Coyer
4-3/Tampa-2
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jack Del Rio
Mel Tucker
4-3
Tennessee Titans
Jeff Fisher
Chuck Cecil
4-3



AFC WEST
Team
Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Schemes
Denver Broncos
Josh McDaniels
Don Martindale
3-4 (1-gap), 4-3
Kansas City Chiefs Todd Haley Romeo Crennel 3-4 (lean 2-gap)
Oakland Raiders
Tom Cable
John Marshall
4-3
San Diego Chargers
Norv Turner
Ron Rivera
3-4 (1-gap with some hybrid stuff)






NFC Logo

NFC EAST
Team
Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Schemes
Dallas Cowboys
Jason Garrett (Interim)
Paul Pasqualoni (Interim)
3-4 (1-gap), some 46
New York Giants
Tom Coughlin
Perry Fewell
4-3 (possible multiple fronts)
Philadelphia Eagles
Andy Reid
Sean McDermott
4-3
Washington Redskins
Mike Shanahan
Jim Haslett
3-4 (1-gap with some hybrid stuff)



NFC NORTH
Team
Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Schemes
Chicago Bears
Lovie Smith
Rod Marinelli
4-3 (Tampa-2)
Detroit Lions
Jim Schwartz
Gunther Cunningham
4-3
Green Bay Packers
Mike McCarthy
Dom Capers
3-4 (leaning 2-gap)
Minnesota Vikings
Brad Childress
Leslie Frazier
4-3, rare Tampa-2



NFC SOUTH
Team
Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Schemes
Atlanta Falcons
Mike Smith
Brian VanGorder
4-3
Carolina Panthers
John Fox
Ron Meeks
4-3, some Tampa-2
New Orleans Saints
Sean Payton
Gregg Williams
4-3, some 3-4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Raheem Morris
Raheem Morris
4-3 , Tampa-2



NFC WEST
Team Head Coach Defensive Coordinator Defensive Schemes
Arizona Cardinals Ken Whisenhunt Bill Davis 3-4 (leaning 2-gap)
St. Louis Rams Steve Spagnuolo Ken Flajole 4-3
San Francisco 49ers Mike Singletary Greg Manusky 3-4, rare 4-3 (1-gap)
Seattle Seahawks Pete Carroll Gus Bradley 4-3

Source: Footballguys - IDP Forum

Last Updated: November 11, 2010



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