James Harrison thinks too much is made of switch from 3-4 to 4-3

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison says the media makes too much out of the transition of players from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense (Credit: AP Photo)

Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison says the media makes too much out of the transition of players from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense (Credit: AP Photo)

Every year during free agency and the draft analysts discuss players moving from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense or vice versa. Linebackers in a 4-3 defense often have a hard transitioning into a role in the 3-4 defense. One player that moved from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 defense this year is James Harrison.

For the last nine seasons, Harrison played in Pittsburgh’s 3-4 defense. This off-season he signed with the Cincinnati Bengals who run a 4-3 defense.

Despite the transition between the two different defense, Harrison believes too much is made from players switching between defensive schemes.

“Yes, you all do,” Harrison said, via the Bengals website. “I’m playing SAM, so I’m basically doing the same thing I do in a 3-4 defense. It’s just that I’ll switch where I’m lining up. I’ll be in a 40 or 30, stacked behind a tackle or guard or whatever it may be. And I’ll do my job from there.”

Similar to his time in Pittsburgh, Harrison’s job will be to get to the quarterback.

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