By Jeff Barker
The Baltimore Sun
7:00 AM EST, February 9, 2012
So what did we learn about new Maryland defensive coordinator Brian Stewart, who met the media on Wednesday?
*That he is a student of the 3-4 defense. There are different versions of the 3-4, of course, and Stewart uses one with traditional fronts akin to those of Bum and Wade Phillips. Remember that Stewart has an extensive NFL background. He oversaw the Dallas Cowboys' defense when Wade Phillips was head coach.
*He said a key to his defenses is the outside linebacker -- such as former Terp Shawne Merriman in the NFL. "The outside linebackers are where the bread is buttered," Stewart said.
*He said he'll learn a lot about how his team adapts to the 3-4 during spring practices beginning March 10. "The first few practices are pivotal to see ... how fast they learn" and who buys in, Stewart said.
Stewart replaced Todd Bradford, whose defense ranked last in the Atlantic Coast Conference, surrendering an average of 34.2 points and 457.2 yards per game in his first season.
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