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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7 comments :

Bryan Brackney said...

Great post! I am going to feature it on my blog

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@ Bryan

Thanks! I'm glad you like it. What is the URL of your blog? I'll check it out.

BLUE said...

Great blog and post! I linked to it on a few sites. Just a heads up, I know it's only June but today it was reported that the Giants will be using a multiple front scheme under Fewell.

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2010/06/giants_to_change_up_their_cove.html

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/

Cheers!

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@BLUE

Thanks for the compliments and the up-to-date news. I made the necessary changes to the article to reflect the changes in the defensive schemes for the Giants. I find it interesting that Perry Fewell is not employing some Tampa-2 packages. However, using multiple fronts definitely makes sense with the personnel he has.

BLUE said...

Definitely. Him using the Tampa 2 exclusively worried me for the same reasons when we hired him as our DC. Like I said it's still only June so time will tell, but it sounds (right now, anyways) like will doing a little bit of everything.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

I'm interested to see how Kenny Phillips performs during camp. I'm a little worried about those knees. Plus you have the issue of Mathias and Osi, who starts? (likely Mathias). And you have the MLB situation with Goff and Dillard. Lots of interesting things to watch for in NY(G).

BLUE said...

I'm interested and more than a little worried as well. He seems to be on schedule and hasn't suffered any setbacks, but that means very little in June. Quite a shame with Kenny's injury, hopefully he can recover. At least this year we've taken steps to protect ourselves if Kenny suffers any setbacks. None of the options are better than a pre-injury Kenny Phillips, but they're far superior to what we put out there last season after Kenny went down. When you have to convert a gimpy corner returning from an injury (Aaron Ross)to safety because the ones you have out there are mostly terrible, that's.....not good, lol.

I think the plan is to bolster the DL and try to generate most of our pressure from our front four like we did with Strahan, Tuck, Osi, Cofield and Robbins in '07. I really like the DT we drafted, Linval Joseph and I wouldn't mind us signing Big John Henderson, who I believe is still a free agent.

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