Packers Defense Makes Progress in 3-4 Switch
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The backdrop created a blur of what Aaron Kampman‘s new life as an outside linebacker must look like at times.
The canvas, across the street, was legendary Lambeau Field, empty but still imposing, the backbone of this community. Cars whizzed down Oneida Avenue, slowing down to catch a glimpse — between pedestrian onlookers — of the Packers’ recent minicamp workout on an uncustomary 94-degree afternoon. With coaches hustling to different stations and players scrambling to locate helmets or get doused with water, the scene looked like midtown Manhattan at 5 p.m.
This snapshot of chaos is what it’s like for Kampman and most defensive ends who are moving to outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme — a scheme being adapted by more and more teams. The Packers, Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos join the ranks of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers and others to use the linebacker-friendly, turnover-causing system
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