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The Chargers' 3-4 scheme has improved their overall defense and made them No. 1 in stopping the run.

Originally Published: December 15, 2004
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

A few teams dabbled with new 3-4 defensive packages, but scaled back their efforts as the season progressed. The Chargers, however, committed a full scale change to the three-man line.

The results have been stunning. A year ago, the Chargers ranked 27th on defense, giving up 349.6 yards and 27.5 points a game. The Chargers finished 4-12. Enter Wade Phillips. The long-time defensive coordinator and former head coach is a master of the simplistic 3-4 defense.

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