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Chalk Talk: Thoroughly breaking down the structure of the Bengals’ defense

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3-4, or 4-3? A deep look at the Bengals’ defensive scheme.

Are the Cincinnati Bengals switching to a 3-4 defense?

No, they are already a 3-4 defense when they aren’t in the Nickel, which they are for most of the time.

But what does it all mean?

In this video, I look at the Bengals’ defensive personnel group and fronts.

I talk about their four-man fronts which they run primarily out of substitution packages like Nickel and Dime. Why do they run substitution packages with five, six, seven, or even eight defensive backs?

I talk about the 3-4 and all of the different ways they can run it. From Under to Eagle and Bear fronts. What makes these fronts different and why run each?

I also talk about how they rush the passer from both four and three down linemen fronts.


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