I have to be honest here, I generally dislike Peter King. He seems to take half truths, off hand comments and hearsay and turn them into football stories. He makes PFT look like the Wall Street Journal in comparison at times.
Yes Zimmer did have some experience in Dallas running a 3-4. He did so, from what I understand, reluctantly as he has far more experience, and preference, running a 4-3. I’m not saying we shouldn’t explore the idea as this idea comes up almost every year, but his “insider info” on this comes from an offhand remark made at a camp of a team that runs a 3-4 and has the personnel to do so. What are we going to do put Haynesworth at NT? I highly doubt it. With a tweak here and there our defense, running a 4-3 could be very good. Why blow that up? I can’t see it.
I think saying we should “expect the unexpected” from Shanahan in personnel moves is a little silly too. Dan made it clear that Allen is going to have the final say in personnel matters, and although I’m sure there will be input from all parties, Shanahan is not going to have full control here. Shanahan may have made more than his share when he was pulling all the strings, I’d have to take a closer look to be sure. Regardless, that shouldn’t be an issue here.
King can afford to be dismissive about Campbell, Allen and Shanahan cannot. The position of QB might be filled by a rookie we draft in the first couple of rounds this spring, but maybe not. I mentioned in another post that it would be foolish for us to tip our hand in any way. We need to keep our options open and keep other teams guessing. It will put us in a better position draft wise if we want to take a certain player or trade down. EVERYONE in football knew we wanted Campbell a few years back and we got fleeced for it. That’s bad planning and we can’t allow it to happen again.
That’s why I don’t read King much.