Dec 6, 2009; Glendale, AZ, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive line coach Karl Dunbar against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Vikings 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Karl Dunbar Pumped About Jets Defensive Line


Karl Dunbar is excited about his new job as the defensive line coach with the New York Jets. He loves his linemen, how they can mix up fronts to confuse an offense, but he is most excited about running the look brought to football by Rex Ryan’s dad, Buddy.

“We’re going to play a lot of that 46 defense,” Dunbar said with a grin. “You get in that 46 defense, you’re going to get a lot of one-on-one blocks, and when we put athletic guys on the field, bad things happen for the offense.”

The 46 defense is one variation of a 4-3 front, with four down linemen and eight men in the box. Dunbar has a long history with it, dating back to his days as a defensive lineman for the Arizona Cardinals from 1994-95, when Buddy Ryan was his head coach and Rex was his position coach.

Quinton Coples, Dunbar says, might give the Jets a lot of time to use looks with 4 down linemen. The base has been 3-4 under Rex, but they are more versatile with the current group of players. And Karl thinks that the 46 will do well.

“As much as our guys do well in it, you’re going to see it,” said Dunbar, who coached stars like Jared Allen, Kevin Williams and Pat Williams in the past six seasons with the Vikings. “We put in the 46 today, and coach was telling the front we still call it the 46 because of his daddy, and we’re going to play it the way his daddy taught it.”

As seen over the last couple of days, the new coaches are certainly excited about the guys they have on their roster. It’s easy to feel that way in May of course. Let’s see what happens come camp, and the regular season.

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  • SeanLDurham

    Interesting…… And to think I was called an “idiot” when I suggested this. Jets have better personnel for a 4-3 but they are still very well capable of playing the 3-4!