2013 Defensive Coordinators and Schemes

This article will be updated throughout the off-season and contains valuable information pertaining to NFL defensive schemes and coaching changes for the 2013 Season. When selecting an IDP, it is important to not only know what position they play, but also the defensive scheme they play in as well.

For example, outside linebackers in 3-4 schemes generally produce higher sack totals/lower tackle totals than outside linebackers that play in 4-3 schemes. Cornerbacks that play on defenses that incorporate a lot of Cover 2/Tampa 2 looks typically generate above average tackle numbers relative to their position.

For a more in-depth analysis on NFL Defensive Schemes in particular, click here.

Here are the current situations around the NFL:

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

*Most 3-4 teams are mainly using a 1-gap system, although there are still a few teams using a 2-gap system.

Note: Anything listed in RED is a change from the 2012 season.


AFC Logo

AFC EAST
Team
Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Schemes
Buffalo Bills
Doug Marrone
Mike Pettine
Multiple Front (Lean 4-3)
Miami Dolphins
Joe Philbin
Kevin Coyle
4-3
New England Patriots
Bill Belichick
Matt Patricia
Multiple Front (Lean 4-3)
New York Jets
Rex Ryan
Dennis Thurman
Multiple Front (Lean 3-4)



AFC NORTH
Team
Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Schemes
Baltimore Ravens
John Harbaugh
Dean Pees
Multiple Front (Lean 3-4)
Cincinnati Bengals
Marvin Lewis
Mike Zimmer
4-3
Cleveland Browns
Rob Chudzinksi
Ray Horton
3-4
Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Tomlin
Dick LeBeau
3-4



AFC SOUTH
Team
Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Schemes
Houston Texans
Gary Kubiak
Wade Phillips
3-4
Indianapolis Colts
Chuck Pagano Greg Manusky
3-4
Jacksonville Jaguars
Gus Bradley
Bob Babich
4-3
Tennessee Titans
Mike Munchak Jerry Gray
4-3



AFC WEST
Team
Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Schemes
Denver Broncos
Jon Fox Jack Del Rio
4-3
Kansas City Chiefs Andy Reid Bob Sutton 3-4
Oakland Raiders
Dennis Allen
Jason Tarver
4-3
San Diego Chargers
Mike McCoy
John Pagano
3-4




NFC Logo

NFC EAST
Team
Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Schemes
Dallas Cowboys
Jason Garrett
Monte Kiffin
4-3 
New York Giants
Tom Coughlin
Perry Fewell
4-3
Philadelphia Eagles
Chip Kelly
Billy Davis
3-4
Washington Redskins
Mike Shanahan
Jim Haslett
3-4



NFC NORTH
Team
Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Schemes
Chicago Bears
Marc Trestman
Mel Tucker
4-3
Detroit Lions
Jim Schwartz
Gunther Cunningham
4-3
Green Bay Packers
Mike McCarthy
Dom Capers
3-4
Minnesota Vikings
Leslie Frazier
Alan Williams
4-3



NFC SOUTH
Team
Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Schemes
Atlanta Falcons
Mike Smith
Mike Nolan
4-3
Carolina Panthers
Ron Rivera
Sean McDermott
4-3
New Orleans Saints
Sean Payton
Rob Ryan
3-4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Greg Schiano
Bill Sheridan
4-3



NFC WEST
Team Head Coach Defensive Coordinator Defensive Schemes
Arizona Cardinals Bruce Arians Todd Bowles 3-4
St. Louis Rams Jeff Fisher Tim Walton 4-3
San Francisco 49ers Jim Harbaugh Vic Fangio 3-4
Seattle Seahawks Pete Carroll Dan Quinn 4-3


Source: Footballguys - IDP Forum

Last Updated: February 15, 2013
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