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I-Want-Troy's-Hair
05-11-2008, 11:59 PM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_566982.html

If healthy, McFarland good for Steelers

By John Harris
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, May 12, 2008

I like what Jacksonville did in the NFL Draft. The Jaguars needed a pass rusher to keep pace among AFC playoff teams and drafted not one but two.

If I'm offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, I love what the Steelers did in the draft -- selecting a running back, wide receiver and a tackle among the top four picks.

If I'm defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, I hate what the Steelers did in the draft -- no true defensive linemen taken following a season in which his unit registered only four sacks in 100 pass attempts in its three biggest losses (New England and Jacksonville twice).

Veteran free agent defensive lineman Anthony "Booger" McFarland is probably looking pretty good to the Steelers right now.

Signing McFarland would allow the Steelers to save face.

The Steelers needed to improve their defensive line depth. They didn't, unless you count signing three undrafted free agents as tackling the problem head-on.

Compare that with Jacksonville trading a total of five draft picks to select defensive ends Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves in the first two rounds.

Getting back to McFarland, who missed all of last season with a torn patellar tendon, the Steelers should be first in line for his private workout June 4 in Tampa, Fla.

"He's still a free agent. He's still unsigned," agent Karl Bernard said of McFarland, who helped the Indianapolis Colts win a Super Bowl in 2006. "He's chomping at the bit to get with a team."

McFarland also won a Super Bowl in Tampa Bay with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. That might explain McFarland visiting the Steelers in March, although he didn't leave with a contract.

Bernard said McFarland's knee is improving. But that's what a player's representative is supposed to say.

To demonstrate he can still be an effective player, McFarland will hold a workout next month for potential suitors.

"Just to show where he is and what he's able to do," Bernard said. "He's going to go through a series of drills indicating that he's healed from the injury."

If healthy, McFarland is a proven run-stuffer and pass rusher.

Some might call McFarland a gamble, but it appears the Steelers are in a gambling mood.

Consider that defensive end Aaron Smith is 32 and coming off a biceps injury.

Also consider the Steelers are gambling that a defensive line whose key components will all be 30 and older in 2008 won't wear down under the strain of the 16-game grind.

Asked recently if the Steelers still want to add another defensive lineman, director of football operations Kevin Colbert said, "If they can be had and they can fit financially, then we are not going to close the door on that. Are there defensive linemen available in free agency? We hope so."

For Colbert's sake, they'd better do more than hope so.

Rhee Rhee
05-12-2008, 02:46 AM
just one thing about booger that makes me hesitant...

he's played in a 4-3/cover 2 defense his entire career... isn't there some sort of learning curve when it comes to the 3-4? isn't that why it took awhile for guys like troy polamalu and woodley and such to develope?

Galax Steeler
05-12-2008, 05:05 AM
just one thing about booger that makes me hesitant...

he's played in a 4-3/cover 2 defense his entire career... isn't there some sort of learning curve when it comes to the 3-4? isn't that why it took awhile for guys like troy polamalu and woodley and such to develope?

I am sure they would be a learning curve but they probably think he could switch pretty quick.

DACEB
05-12-2008, 05:45 AM
just one thing about booger that makes me hesitant...

he's played in a 4-3/cover 2 defense his entire career... isn't there some sort of learning curve when it comes to the 3-4? isn't that why it took awhile for guys like troy polamalu and woodley and such to develope?

With the D-linemen it's all about gap technique. The coaching staff must be confident Booger can handle those responsibilities.

moedap
05-12-2008, 07:34 AM
If he is healthy and can be had relatively cheaply I say go for him. Otherwise I wouldnt panic about our D-Line. The pressure on the QB in D.L.s system comes from the LB's and unless we are going to switch to a full time 4-3 I dont see a drastic need to get DE'e that are sack specialists. We have already reloaded on the potential QB hunters. The DL needs to be dedicated to playing their techniques and running their stunts that are designed to eat up the opps OL. Once our LB's get to the QB like yesteryears the DL will get more sacks. And as long as our "old" men at DL stay healthy they should be able to accomplish that. Nick Eason was also a 4-3 DT lineman. He was probably use to having 1 gap responsibility and had to learn the techniques required to watch 2 gaps our 3-4 DE
s have to watch. He should be a more competent backup this season.

lilyoder6
05-12-2008, 09:43 AM
this would be a good pick up-... gives us depth and such....

we just need to get some players to come in 4 keisal and smith and not have a huge dropoff of talent at that pos.

steelreserve
05-12-2008, 12:34 PM
isn't there some sort of learning curve when it comes to the 3-4? isn't that why it took awhile for guys like troy polamalu and woodley and such to develope?

Huh?

Woodley was already kicking ass by the end of his rookie season, when he was barely supposed to be playing. Polamalu was one of the best defenders in the league by the first year he saw much real playing time. I'm not too worried about a veteran like this guy learning the ropes.

El-Gonzo Jackson
05-12-2008, 12:56 PM
just one thing about booger that makes me hesitant...

he's played in a 4-3/cover 2 defense his entire career... isn't there some sort of learning curve when it comes to the 3-4? isn't that why it took awhile for guys like troy polamalu and woodley and such to develope?

Converting a 4-3 DE like Woodley, Porter, Haggans, etc to an OLB is a learning curve because they have to be responsible for coverage.

A 4-3 DT is an "interior lineman", that is he plays inside and not outside the OT or TE. A 3-4 DE is also an "interior lineman" and should have no problem picking it up.

I like the move if it happens. He just needs to be healthy enough to pass a physical.

BettisFan
05-12-2008, 01:25 PM
Hes a beast if healthy , lets hope he will be ready

BlastFurnace
05-12-2008, 03:26 PM
We need help there...even if it's just for this season. I'd sign him.

Dino 6 Rings
05-12-2008, 04:39 PM
Ok, this is just me, but I can't stand the name Booger...really...I'd rather have no depth on our D-line than put my faith in a cat named Booger...

Boogey would be cool, or Boogieman, or Boondoggle...but "Booger"...I can't deal with it. It just rubs me the wrong way.

steelreserve
05-12-2008, 04:44 PM
Why not? We've had guys named Duce and Dookie each of the last two years. At this rate, if we were the Browns, we'd have drafted a guy named "Steamer."

JanBr7
05-12-2008, 05:29 PM
If he's healthy it might be worth a one year deal to beef up the line.

But of course, Colbert and Tomlin didn't actually ask me....:flap:

MasterOfPuppets
05-12-2008, 06:16 PM
just one thing about booger that makes me hesitant...

he's played in a 4-3/cover 2 defense his entire career... isn't there some sort of learning curve when it comes to the 3-4? isn't that why it took awhile for guys like troy polamalu and woodley and such to develope?
didn't kemo vonolholven (sp) come from the 4-3 ....... :huh:

El-Gonzo Jackson
05-12-2008, 07:34 PM
didn't kemo vonolholven (sp) come from the 4-3 ....... :huh:

Yeah, he played DT there and if i remember correctly, Dermontti Dawson said he was one tough guy to play against, so when he became available in 2000, the Steelers picked him up.

NJarhead
05-12-2008, 07:48 PM
Steelers to pick a booger again?


:rofl:

BettisFan
05-12-2008, 10:25 PM
Ok, this is just me, but I can't stand the name Booger...really...I'd rather have no depth on our D-line than put my faith in a cat named Booger...

Boogey would be cool, or Boogieman, or Boondoggle...but "Booger"...I can't deal with it. It just rubs me the wrong way.

Lol i think Booger is tight i mean hes known by booger so we cant change that

tony hipchest
05-12-2008, 11:28 PM
Why not? We've had guys named Duce and Dookie each of the last two years. At this rate, if we were the Browns, we'd have drafted a guy named "Steamer."

lol. maybe we can get the steelers to change the mascots name to "Steamer McBeamer".

NJarhead
05-12-2008, 11:36 PM
lol. maybe we can get the steelers to change the mascots name to "Steamer McBeamer".

:rofl:

Forgive me for not talking the football talk on this one, the undertones are killing me!

Dino 6 Rings
05-13-2008, 09:37 AM
Why not? We've had guys named Duce and Dookie each of the last two years. At this rate, if we were the Browns, we'd have drafted a guy named "Steamer."

Seriously...Duce, that's ok, cause its like Cards, but I never referred to Najeh has Dookie, that also made me ill and in fact, I had wiped it from my memory, now more than ever I hope Najeh doesn't make the team. Dookie...come on. The Bus, now that's a nickname, or Blonde Bomber, Silverback or The Count, but Dookie and Booger, wtf kind of team are we running? Is this the NFL meets Revenge of the Nerds or what.

Give me "Killer" and "Bone Crusher" at least. Or "Slaughter House" Or "Heart Ripper" or something anything that's violent and ugly. Or at least Psycho Ward. Freaking Booger and Dookie.

HometownGal
05-13-2008, 09:53 AM
Seriously...Duce, that's ok, cause its like Cards, but I never referred to Najeh has Dookie, that also made me ill and in fact, I had wiped it from my memory, now more than ever I hope Najeh doesn't make the team. Dookie...come on. The Bus, now that's a nickname, or Blonde Bomber, Silverback or The Count, but Dookie and Booger, wtf kind of team are we running? Is this the NFL meets Revenge of the Nerds or what.

Give me "Killer" and "Bone Crusher" at least. Or "Slaughter House" Or "Heart Ripper" or something anything that's violent and ugly. Or at least Psycho Ward. Freaking Booger and Dookie.

How 'bout we change Booger's name to "Fling-a"? :noidea:

stillers4me
05-13-2008, 09:54 AM
How about just "The Boog". Boo!

Dino 6 Rings
05-13-2008, 10:18 AM
How about just "The Boog". Boo!

might as well hand out the nickname Horse Dung or Rabbit Crap.

"here comes Horse Dung with pressure from the outside...he gets to the QB!!! Horse Dung gets his third sack of the game. And too think, they used to call this guy 'booger' but Horse Dung is so much more fitting"

honestly. I just don't get how anyone can root for a Booger.

stillers4me
05-13-2008, 10:27 AM
If he can do the job, I don't care what he's called.

Dino 6 Rings
05-13-2008, 10:38 AM
If he can do the job, I don't care what he's called.

Good point!

GO BOOGER!!!

stillers4me
05-13-2008, 10:49 AM
Good point!

GO BOOGER!!!

Won't it be funny, if he gets signed and is a total stud. Everybody that's compaining about his nickname will be screaming "Booger's da man!!" :chuckle:

lamberts-lost-tooth
05-13-2008, 11:16 AM
How 'bout we change Booger's name to "Fling-a"? :noidea:

Snot rocket.

It gives one an impression of speed and aerodynamics.:coffee:

stillers4me
05-13-2008, 11:22 AM
Snot rocket.

It gives one an impression of speed and aerodynamics.:coffee:

I like it. :thumbsup:

:chuckle:

HometownGal
05-13-2008, 11:26 AM
Snot rocket.



That snot nice, but I "dig" it. :chuckle:

I'm with stillers on this one - I don't care what he's called - as long as he brings it each and every game and "keeps his nose clean". :grin:

stillers4me
05-13-2008, 11:36 AM
That snot nice, but I "dig" it. :chuckle:

I'm with stillers on this one - I don't care what he's called - as long as he brings it each and every game and "keeps his nose clean". :grin:

:toofunny:

stlrtruck
05-13-2008, 12:16 PM
honestly. I just don't get how anyone can root for a Booger.

When he was in Tampa, he was the player that became the man on the defensive line. He was the one who started taking double teams, and allowing others to get free.

And while I don't expect him to meet that level, I do expect him to be more productive since there are going to be others who require more attention on our front 7.

steelreserve
05-13-2008, 12:34 PM
That snot nice, but I "dig" it. :chuckle:

I'm with stillers on this one - I don't care what he's called - as long as he brings it each and every game and "keeps his nose clean". :grin:

Exactly. If he does that, I don't even care if they call him "Catheter Man" or "Colostomy Bag."

WizDom-N.KnowLedge
05-13-2008, 11:45 PM
just one thing about booger that makes me hesitant...

he's played in a 4-3/cover 2 defense his entire career... isn't there some sort of learning curve when it comes to the 3-4? isn't that why it took awhile for guys like troy polamalu and woodley and such to develope?

The adjustments for a D-lineman going from a 4-3 to 3-4 is alot different than that of a DB or LB. In McFarland's case, he will go from a one gap quick penetration type, to a more 2 gap read and react type of player. In the 3-4 the lineman are asked to tie up the blockers to allow the LBs to roam. In the 4-3 the are asked to penetrate and disrupt. Bryant Young is the most recent example who had to undergo a similar type of change. He went from a UT to a DE in SF's switch to the 3-4. Hopefully, if we were to sign booger, he could have similar type of success.