Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Will Oakland's 'D' be on the move?
By Bill Williamson
Oakland coach Hue Jackson said he would not be opposed to switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense in 2012. I wouldn’t take that as a sign that Oakland is for sure switching schemes. Jackson was just answering a question and he has shown he is not afraid to consider anything that would improve his team.
There’s been talk the past two years that Oakland could move to a 3-4 because so many of its defensive players are natural fits for the 3-4. Of course, if Oakland moves to a 3-4, that could mean a switch in coordinators. Current Oakland defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan is a 4-3 coach.
Oakland’s defense has been a problem for much of the year, so perhaps a scheme change wouldn’t be the worst idea ever.
In other AFC West news:
Receiver Vincent Jackson (groin), defensive tackle Antonio Garay (toe) and linebacker Travis LaBoy (knee) all did not practice for San Diego on Wednesday. The San Diego Union Tribune reports Jackson is on schedule to play, but LaBoy may be in danger of not being able to play at Detroit on Saturday.
Denver safety Brian Dawkins was limited in practice with a neck injury that kept him out of the New England game this past Sunday.
The Broncos’ game at Buffalo on Saturday will be blacked out. There are 24,000 seats remaining for the game pitting the Broncos, who can clinch the AFC West on Saturday, and the Bills, who have lost seven straight games.
Kansas City center Casey Wiegmann (calf) and safety Jon McGraw (ankle) were limited in practice on Wednesday.
The Raiders’ injury situation is status quo.