Projecting Woodyard into Titans' scheme

March, 17, 2014
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New Tennessee Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard was a 4-3 player who played better on the weakside than in the middle last year in Denver.

He’s been in a 3-4 before. And the Titans project him as an inside guy in their new scheme, which they are tabbing as hybrid but will clearly be anchored in 3-4.

So how does he translate?

Often the bigger of the two inside guys, sometimes called the jack, is a former undersized college defensive end who can move a bit.

Woodyard doesn't project there, but he could play the will inside spot with ease and worked in the 3-4 in Denver when Josh McDaniels his coach. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan ran the 3-4 in Denver in 2009 and Don Martindale ran it in 2010, so Woodyard practiced in it a bunch.

Joe Collier, who Bill Belichick has credited with teaching him the 3-4, still lives in Denver. ESPN.com Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold said Collier says the inside linebackers can make the easiest transition from 4-3 to 3-4 because a lot of the responsibilities translate. So you can play 230, 240 pounders in there and get away with it if the line is good enough.

The Titans looked at a lot of linemen to this point in free agency. So far they’ve landed just one -- Al Woods, who’s versatile enough to play up and down the line but probably at his best in the middle.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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