I don't care what you call it but I call it a FORCE in the middle that was clearly lacking w/o Woods in the lineup! Did you not wonder what's wrong with Leonard for the first 4 games of the season as his presence was not noticed as much? Is it a coincidence, Leonard suffered a concussion that had him thinking retirement due to a 3 wk headache? Why did our D in 2018 grade so high and became respectable but in 2019 they struggled so much? It's because we didn't have that force in the middle to eat up blockers to allow our LB's to do what they do best! Why did Tony Dungy come out and say the most important position is the DT and immediately we traded for Buckner? Maybe Tony reached out to Ballard to give him his thoughts who knows but the moral to the story is a dominant Defense has a Dominant force at the DT position regardless of 1-2-3 tech terminology!
Moose, this is not rocket science to believe this D should be much improved. Let's just say we didn't add Buckner, the experience the rookies gained last yr and their projected jump in 2020 alone is enough for an improved season. Bobby O is projected to be a Star, Leonard All Pro, Turay has sack leader potential which is All Pro, Rhodes in this system could be back to All Pro, Rock Ya-Sin ready to break out, Houston already is a force, Hooker with improved pass rush could be Pro Bowl talent, ETC... It all start upfront with our 13th pick, Deforest Buckner, a former ALL PRO! Yes, Could, Should, Hopefully but its not an Einstein formula to see we should not only be good but have the potential to be GREAT!
Sorry... but not sure you even realize Al Woods is NOT a 3-tech. Never has been. Woods is a Nose Tackle. That’s not a 3-tech. It’s a 1-Tech or a 0-Tech.
Buckner is a 3-Tech. Our Nose Tackle last year was George Stewart. I believe he graded out OK. Played mostly running downs.
Hopefully this is some food for thought.