Staley is the perfect hire, and here is the proof
Still skeptical? Well, all you need to do is read is review an article by Drew Crane about Brandon Staley’s tenure as James Madison University’s defensive coordinator for encouraging insights. In this story, Staley discusses his defensive philosophy at length. While he runs a 3-4 base defense, he emulated the defense by Fangio even then. Now, he’s had three years to learn from the master himself.
One of the challenges with a 3-4 is the wear and tear on defensive linemen. The Rams have gone with a light compliment of DLs, hovering between 6-7 each season. That number could go up this year.
Flex your muscles
Staley’s greatest strength lies in his ability to flex both players and scheme to maximize results. While at JMU, Staley converted a safety to middle linebacker on passing downs. Rather than remove a linebacker for a cornerback, Staley’s solution embedded a DB in the center of the field. While it ended up adding an additional DB to the field, it was confusing for opposing quarterbacks.
Staley is not opposed to changing defensive fronts to suit the game situation. That will be welcome news indeed to Rams fans.
"“I think it’s a little overstated,” Staley said. “4-3 defensive ends are pretty much 3-4 outside linebackers. Because you’re a 3-4 scheme doesn’t mean that’s all you play — we’re going to do a lot of four down man things too. Those body types that were here when we got here, they’ve been able to thrive.” – per August 2014 interview by Drew Crane"
Innovation and imagination. Two new additions to both the offensive side and defensive side of the ball arriving for 2020.