Poodle is looking to find himself a decent 3-Technique Defensive Tackle. Probably nothing surprising there. What’s sent the world into a tizzy is that if you follow this link and read the little sidebar next to the main article, you’ll see that someone outside of an actual football program has gone and explained what the hell “3-Technique” actually means.
The author of this little blurb lets the masses behind the curain with:
The “3-technique” describes where the defensive tackle lines up and how he plays. The 3-gap is between the offensive guard and tackle, shaded to the guard’s outside shoulder, opposite the 1-gap where the nose tackle lines up between the center and guard. Ideally, the “3-technique” tackle will control the gap and keep his feet moving, forcing everything back to the inside as he frees the nose tackle, end and linebacker on his side to make plays.
Men everywhere who previously just smiled and nodded whenever their comrades would use “3-Technique” in a conversation are now just dying for the first opportunity to try out their new-found vernacular. This is bound to cause an explosion of, “I really like how [name of defensive tackle] is using the 3-Technique today,” that will probably soon rival, “Man, [name of quarterback] is really doing a nice job reading thru his progressions.”