|All is well.|
Additionally, a 3-front with a hybrid linebacker isn't wholly unprecedented in recent CU history. Remember, Super Bowl Champion Brad Jones played with his hand in the ground on a few occasions, and the Hawaiian ginger BJ Beatty also played in both the 3-point and 2-point. Sure, the Buffs often stuck themselves in a base nickel set, but there were some flashes of 3-4 every now and again.
|I'm going to miss BJ; he was fun to watch and a constant presence in the student section at basketball games.|
(Hartigan is going to pass rush no matter how he lines up, that's just what he does best.)
Specifically to this year, the semantic change to 3-4 may not matter much anyway.. It will get a little jarring if the 3-4 sticks, and the crew at "jack" starts moving around in pass coverage, but on the whole, regardless of what the linebackers are doing, this defense will still be made or broken in the defensive backfield. If the D requires a 5th DB to keep the lid on an inexperienced set of corners, any discussion of linebackers will fade.