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3-4. 4-3. Nickel. Dime. These are the building blocks of defenses and How defenses adjust their personnel

3-4. 4-3. Nickel. Dime.

What does it all mean?

Just like how offenses change-up their personnel to make use of more or less tight ends or wide receivers, defenses changes their personnel to match the offense and the game situation.

If the offense has a lot of speed on the field, the defense needs to adjust to matchup up. If they have a lot of size (three tight ends for example), the defense needs to bulk up.

In this video, I break down how defensive personnel works and how it all pertains to the Cincinnati Bengals.

  • Will D.J. Reader see enough action to be worth his ticket?
  • When you run a 3-4 defense, who comes off the field? (Hint: it’s not a defensive lineman)
  • How are all of these linebackers going to make the team?

All of the film review content will be on SB Nation’s Cincy Jungle podcast channel, along with the other episodes of The Orange and Black Insider. New shows like the “Orange is the New Black” podcast from Ace Boogie and Zim WhoDey and “Sorry If I Spit When I Speak” from Dadio Makdook and Dr. Hodgie Smodgie have also been added to the channel’s audio slate.