Going forward it looks like LeBeau and the 3-4 defense is staying but it would be dangerous to assume a few tweaks will fix this. My thoughts:
1. NT is a major area of need with both Hampton and Hoke up in age and no potential replacement on the roster. This is the major achilles heel of the 3-4 defense.
2. Everyone wants to assume that drafting a CB or Safety will help the secondary. Wrong. When was the last defensive player that LeBeau allowed to contribute his rookie year let alone start. If a talent as unique as Troy can't do it then don't expect anyone we draft this year will. Translation: Unless Keenan Lewis or Joe Burnett can take a major step forward don't expect the secondary to be any better next year.
3. As long as we play the 3-4 the one to two year "LeBeau redshirt" will still be in place. That means no immediate help at ILB with Farrior's position. No help soon with the aforementioned NT position.
4. LBs are the key to our success in the 3-4 defense. Our back ups except for Key Fox are weak and there is not a potential starter in the bunch. This is a major issue if we lose any of the starting four foe an extended time. Problem is it will be a couple years before we develop players who could push for a starting psotion because our OLB are conversion projects from college DEs. Perhaps help could be more immediate at ILB but it took a very talented Timmons two years to learn the scheme.
5. Is there a way for LeBeau to improve his schemes. Was it as obvious to everyone else this season exactly when our OLBs were going to rush and when they weren't? Can we really afford to have our CBs play 10 yards off receivers? Can we rely on a OLB pass rush when holding is not being called? LeBeau really needs to do a complete reevaluation of what this defense does and how it does it.
I think all the above are problems and will result in next year's defense having the same problems as this season and I'm a defense first and foremost fan Hope the offense can pile up points like never before because we are going to need them.