Rubin, Taylor could see field at same time

Posted by Vic Carucci on February 8, 2013 – 12:11 am

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

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Paul – What does the move from the 4-3 to 3-4 mean for Ahtyba Rubin and Phil Taylor? Will they ever be on the field together? Also, is there a potential for one or more of the linemen to be moved to linebacker?

I think there’s more than a reasonable chance that Rubin and Taylor will be on the field at the same time, Paul.

You start with the fact that both are highly talented and pretty versatile athletes. A football team always can find a way to utilize such players.

Taylor does offer more of the size and girth that would figure to make him an ideal fit for the role of nose tackle, the anchor of the three-man front. But that doesn’t mean he couldn’t be moved outside in a particular formation. And Ray Horton, the Browns’ new defensive coordinator, intends to make use of a variety of fronts.

I could see Rubin moving outside as an end. Being a larger player shouldn’t be a detriment to his working from the outside of the line, although, in a 3-4 defense, outside linebackers effectively function in a similar fashion to ends in a 4-3. So Rubin, who had been a tackle on a four-man line, wouldn’t necessarily feel that much out of place, because there still would be a defender lined up outside of him.

I also could see Billy Winn, who was a defensive tackle and end last season as a rookie, comfortably lining up at end in the 3-4. And John Hughes, another rookie lineman in 2012, could work in the middle or outside on a three-man line.

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