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Arizona Cardinals to maintain 3-4 scheme on defense

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Team president Michael Bidwill addressed one of the biggest questions with the new coaching staff


Since the hiring of Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles as head coach and defensive coordinator, there has been much talk about what the team's new scheme will be. Defensive lineman Darnell Dockett has implied that it would be more of a 4-3, but was referring to his playing tackle, his natural position. Arians said he did not want to be pinned down into a particular scheme.

Team president Michael Bidwill was on the radio taking to Dan Bickley and Mike Jurecki and the defensive scheme was one of the topics brought up.

Bidwill said that the defense will still be a 3-4 look, but hat will move around. "It's going to be a very similar defense, but I think it's going to be a defense that shifts around a little bit," he explained on the air.

Bidwill also spoke with AZCentral's Ken Somers. "It's going to be effectively the same defense, but we're going to use some different fronts," Bidwill said. "We'll switch things around up front but we'll still be a 3-4. We've got so much talent over there, we're excited about continuing to be a great defense."

Somers seemed to think that Docket would get more one-gap looks. Of course, then you have to wonder how Dan Williams fits in if Dockett plays more right over center.

How this will affect personnel has yet to be seen. Whether they play one scheme over the other won't matter so long as the players are making plays.

Do you have a preference? 3-4, 4-3? Other? What are your thoughts on Bidwill's comments?

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