Who, what, when: Breaking down my def. depth chart

Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

My guide to who I think will be starting at each position in each scenario.

Like my offensive post, this is a defensive guide to who should play and when. Enjoy!

*for all questions about nickel, I expect McCarthy or Griffin to drop out and Blidi Wreh-Wilson to move to CB. Verner moves from CB2->NB

Base 4-3-4

Defensive Line: Kamerion Wimbley, Jurrell Casey, Sammie Lee Hill, Derrick Morgan

Linebackers: Zach Brown, Colin McCarthy, Akeem Ayers

Defensive Backs: Jason McCourty, Alterraun Verner, Michael Griffin, Bernard Pollard

Run Package: 4-3-4

Defensive Line: Roptati Pitoitua, Sammie Lee Hill, Jurrell Casey, Derrick Morgan

Linebackers: Zach Brown, Colin McCarthy, Akeem Ayers

Defensive Backs: Jason McCourty, Alterraun Verner, George Wilson, Bernard Pollard

Pass Package: 4-2-5

Defensive Line: Kamerion Wimbley, Lavar Edwards, Karl Klu(uuuuuuuuuu)g, Derrick Morgan

Primary DL sub: Akeem Ayers

Linebackers: Zach Brown, Zaviar Gooden

Defensive Backs: Jason McCourty, Alterraun Verner, George Wilson (mid field), Bernard Pollard (mid field), Michael Griffin (ball hawking FS)

Goal Line/Short yardage: 5-2-4

Defensive Line: Lavar Edwards, Roptati Pitoitua, Sammie Lee Hill, Jurrell Casey, Derrick Morgan

Linebackers: Zach Brown, Zaviar Gooden

Defensive Backs: Jason McCourty, Alterraun Verner, George Wilson, Bernard Pollard

3-4 pass D: 3-4-4

Defensive Line: Roptati Pitoitua, Sammie Lee Hill, Jurrell Casey,

Linebackers: Kamerion Wimbley (rush), Zach Brown, Colin McCarthy, Akeem Ayers (rush)

Defensive Backs: Jason McCourty, Alterraun Verner, Michael Griffin, Bernard Pollard

3-4 rush D (press coverage): 3-4-4

Defensive Line: Lavar Edwards, Jurrell Casey, Derrick Morgan

Linebackers: Kamerion Wimbley (rush), Zach Brown, Colin McCarthy, Akeem Ayers (rush)

Defensive Backs: Jason McCourty, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Michael Griffin, Bernard Pollard

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