Brentson Buckner: Say Goodbye To The 3-4 Defense

August 1st, 2018

After watching endless snaps in 2018 training camp practice and studying defensive line drills against the offensive line, Joe had a question for new Bucs defensive line coach Brentson Buckner today.

“Coach, where’s the 3-4? I’m not seeing whiff of it?” Joe asked.

Buckner fired back, “You ain’t gonna see it. I got four dogs on every snap, why wouldn’t we let’em out? … That’s not the plan now,” Buckner added of the Bucs using a 3-4 front.

Of course, things can change and Mike Smith is known to be obsessed with disguising his defenses to confuse quarterbacks. But no coordinator loves anything better than lining up four legitimate pass rushers.

24 Responses to “Brentson Buckner: Say Goodbye To The 3-4 Defense”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Is the savior finally here?? He man we’ve been waiting for since Simeon Rice left? Thank god!

  2. Godeep66 Says:

    Great move.

  3. The Buc Realist Says:

    Agree with the assessment!! Too many 4-3 players on the roster too!!!! The closest thing we will see is a DE drop in coverage on an occasional 3rd and very long!!!!!!!! Besides GMC cries if he is not the de facto under tackle!!!!!!!!

  4. DB55 Says:

    Any chance we can get Buckner to suit up? He appears to be the alpha on that unit.

  5. Waterboy Says:

    Julio Jones will be pretty disappointed to hear that he won’t see that 3-3-5 defense again this season. He was probably planning to put up 300 yds on them this time around.

  6. Bucsfanman Says:

    We really never used it that much anyway. It would’ve been best used last year with no real d-line talent. This year, I agree, why bother? We should be deep for once, “should be.”

  7. AJ Says:

    I’m loving Buck more and more. This dude is legit…

  8. Pickgrin Says:

    With the DLine talent Licht brought in and is paying extra for this year – we BETTER be lining 4 up front the vast majority of snaps this year.

    If your base 4-3 can do a good job consistently – that base defense is what you want to play as often as possible/feasible.

  9. D-Rome Says:

    That’s interesting. Vita Vea with his size could be a prototypical NT. Noah Spence could be that 4th LB with his speed (when healthy).

    I’m not a big fan of the 3-4 anyway so hopefully they stick with 4-3. Mike Smith may like showing different looks but no QB was confused last year.

  10. 813bucboi Says:

    wait a minute…..who makes that call….the DC(smitty) or the dline coach(buckner)…..

    seems like buckner has pull than smitty….seems like he has the attention of the players both defensively and offensively…..

    licht was given an extension to promote buckner to HC mid season… heard it here first…..


  11. JR Allen Says:

    PEOPLE, just because you have 2 good LBs does not mean they will be good in a 3-4 scheme. because they wont. 3-4 LBs are much bigger our LBs are smaller and fast why would you even think about putting them in that scheme. NO!!!! we dont have the physical personal for that in the our LB. So Please stop asking about this.

  12. Buxfan Says:

    THANK GOD!!!

  13. Lamarcus Says:

    Naw it’s coach my scheme.


  14. Kgh4life Says:

    Jaguars never used a 3-4

  15. BuccaneerByBirth Says:

    Not worried at all. I trust Buckner

  16. m0j0 Says:

    No surprise there. We invested a lot into the D-Line, so you have to get them on the field and give them a chance to lead this defense.

  17. BucEmUp Says:

    I could really care less about the 3-4, I’ve wanted to see it but it’s not the problem.

    I would love to get a response frm a the dbs coaches saying goodbye to soft coverage though. That may have me.running down fake Mabry drink screaming for joy

  18. Brandon Wyche Says:

    Let Smith walk after this year, and promote this guy to DC if our d-line truly improves this year.

  19. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Love Buckner attitude and how he tries to get the most out of his D Line.
    That said, he has a wealth of experience to help him coach the Dline. Plenty of time to expand his role,but I think he needs gain experience in other facets of defense before he becomes the next DC.

  20. Reality_43 Says:

    Buck will be a DC within 3 years tops.
    Mike Smith was a D Line coach in college, then a DC.
    In the pros guess where he started?
    That’s right D Line then DC.

    You don’t have to coach every position 1st.
    It appears that once the D Line and linebackers have been coached successfully, teams feel comfortable moving forward.

    I really hope we can retain him. I think next year.

  21. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Well a 3-4 would actually give him 5 dogs on the line. NT, 2 DT/DEs, 2 Edge rushers.

  22. Bucballbaby84 Says:

    Yo I really am loving this defensive line coach! Straight swagger! No Filter! Keeps it real! Knows his craft! That line is going to be so freaking scary bro! He’s a Straight Dog of a coach and the Dogs on that line are going to feed this year under his coaching and his mentality! Bucs defense is back and no one thought it would happen again!

  23. firethecannons Says:

    I like this dude–good–like his attitude

  24. Brandon Says:

    Why mess around with a 3-4 when we haven’t even shown partially mastery of the 4-3? The only one confused last season when we went to the 3-4 was our defense.