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.