Raiders coach Dennis Allen sat down with Tim Kawakami Wednesday and one of the nuggets during a 20-minute conversation is that Tommy Kelly would be the nose tackle should Oakland employ a 3-4 defense.
Allen has been steadfast in committing to a 4-3 or a 3-4 as a base, saying only the Raiders would be “multiple’ in scheme. Most of Allen’s background (Atlanta, New Orleans, Denver) has been in a 4-3. His defensive coordinator, Jason Tarver, ran a 3-4 as a co-coordinator at Stanford last year.
Kelly has played end and tackle with the Raiders, with the general consensus being he is best suited to the three-technique _ same as Richard Seymour.
Over the past two years, with neither Seymour nor Kelly being the prototypical run-stuffing tackle, the Raiders have suffered against the run.
Here’s a link to Kawakami’s column which includes a a transcript of his talk with Allen.