Generally a LDE isn't considered a "Sack Artist" in a 4-3 base defense. He is a run stopper first, pass rusher second. A RDE is the exact opposite. Pass rusher first and foremost, run stopper second.
If we faced a team in our division that had a left handed QB, I suspect we would have move our RDE's to the LDE's spot and the LDE's to the RDE's spot.
Doesn't matter. The Griffen as LB experiment is over.
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The Everson Griffen at LB experiment has ended:
Heading into Training Camp, the Vikings were hoping to move defensive end Everson Griffen into a hybrid DE/LB role. Based on what they've seen in camp and how Griffen looked in preseason game number one, the Vikings have opted to abandon this mission and have moved Griffen back to defensive end for the foreseeable future.
"We saw enough of [Griffen] at linebacker where we feel that [defensive end] is going to be better for him," Frazier said. "We talked to him Sunday night when we got back and he agrees that it's better to be able to focus on that position."
Griffen will still work in as a linebacker in third down situations but most of his snaps will come from the defensive line. Griffen also left Monday's practice after dinging his knee in team drills.
Vikings end Griffen linebacker experiment
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Actually, I would like to see that. BRob is a talented guy, but that transition is still tough.