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mesaSteeler
03-08-2009, 11:52 AM
Dick LeBeau's Mount Everest Expectations
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/135024-dick-lebeaus-mount-everest-expectations/show_full
by Phillip Bunting (Contributor)

March 06, 2009

Pepto Bismol could be the choice of beverage around the league for offensive coordinators, and here it is:

Dick LeBeau Steelers defensive coordinator stated there is still room for Outside Linebackers James Harrison and Lamarr Woodley to improve. Last season they both combined for 27.5 sacks.

“It's a challenge for us from a coaching standpoint to keep expanding, giving them stuff that can make us better.” LeBeau said, “I think they will get better.”

At the Steelers' South Side practice facility in Lebeau's office, that challenge points out notes covering a dry erase board.

Throughout the season, plays, thoughts, and innovations that come to mind are written down by LeBeau. Those small pieces of paper that he sorts though are thrown away after Dick separates his ideas, which may be worth a try from the ones that are worth discarding.

LeBeau said, “I've probably got 50 ideas up there.”

Practices during the offseason probably generate only has a few brainstorms of his that are not worth a look at, given LeBeau's success.

Since the 1991 Philadelphia Eagles who lead the NFL in passing, rushing, and total defense, the Steelers last season were the closest to match them. A Steelers single-season duo sack record was set by Woodley and Harrison.

NFL experience between the both of them only three years apart in years started is what lead LeBeau to the conclusion that they both still have lots of upside.

Woodley and Harrison, who is in his final contract year, will be returning among leaders on a defense last year might just lose one starter. In all likelihood to sign somewhere else is unrestricted free agent Cornerback Bryant McFadden.

Though don't expect a missing beat from the unit that has held the least points allowed for 2008 in the NFL, for the likely replacement of McFadden if he doesn't return is Cornerback William Gay in which the Steelers look high upon.

As a Louisville second-year man, Gay, while McFadden and Deshea Townsend were sidelined by injuries started last season in four games. After McFadden came back from a forearm that was broken, Gay even had plenty time playing and he did well enough.

LeBeau said, "B-Mac started (at the end of last season), but William played almost an equal number of snaps, so in my mind that question's already been answered. I think we've got a good, quality player there who should continue to grow,” After he was asked if Gay was ready to become a starter.

LeBeau is driven by squeezing talent laden Woodley and Harrison to do more and enhancing players like Gay.

In his 51st year of the NFL, as Coach or Player, he's 71 years old, though LeBeau's retirement hasn't been given any close indications.

Dick said he was “dumbfounded” of rumors, which came to light before Super Bowl XLIII, that 2008 might be his last season. LeBeau's son told him about the rumors, so he informed his players that such language didn't surface from him.

LeBeau said he is as passionate of coach as ever before.

“Who would not want to be a part of these guys buy how they played last year?” LeBeau said. “I suppose there will come a time physically when I won't be able to do it, but I don't think that time has come yet. I feel good, and these guys are a joy to coach.

“What would I be doing if I wasn't here? I'd be watching football, going to football games or writing a football book. I'd rather be coaching.”

19ward86
03-08-2009, 12:04 PM
I seriously cant believe he isnt in the HOF.

Preacher
03-08-2009, 12:34 PM
Sorry,

I couldn't get through the article... Whoever that is, he is a HORRIBLE writer. . . more likely, has a horrible or non-existant proof-reader.

Tooquickrich
03-09-2009, 11:13 AM
I seriously cant believe he isnt in the HOF.


Well, I think the main reason is you have to retire before you get consideration for the Hall. I think it's 5 years after you retire before you become eligible to be on the ballot.

sixstringlass
03-09-2009, 05:27 PM
Sorry,

I couldn't get through the article... Whoever that is, he is a HORRIBLE writer. . . more likely, has a horrible or non-existant proof-reader.

You, too? I was particularly struck by this sentence:

NFL experience between the both of them only three years apart in years started is what lead LeBeau to the conclusion that they both still have lots of upside.

I think the writer must've meant that, with only three years of experience between them, that LeBeau thinks Woodley and Harrison still have lots of room to grow.

But, besides that utterly clumsy sentence, there was a lot of passive voice, like this:

A Steelers single-season duo sack record was set by Woodley and Harrison.

...which would have read better as, "Woodley and Harrison set a Steelers single-season sack record for a duo in 2008." Or some such. Even the "duo" part could have been deleted; it's self explanatory given the two names mentioned.

Anyway, Grammar Girl shall leave you now. ;)

steelreserve
03-09-2009, 05:32 PM
There was probably an interesting story in there somewhere, but based on all the mistakes, I'd have to guess the author was high.

Sharkissle29
03-09-2009, 06:19 PM
There was probably an interesting story in there somewhere, but based on all the mistakes, I'd have to guess the author was high.

high ppl are creative, im guessing he was drunk

MasterOfPuppets
03-09-2009, 06:52 PM
Sorry,

I couldn't get through the article... Whoever that is, he is a HORRIBLE writer. . . more likely, has a horrible or non-existant proof-reader.hater .....:coffee:

Preacher
03-09-2009, 06:54 PM
hater .....:coffee:


:buttkick:

No, just trying to actually read what was written.

BTW, I love the sig. :chuckle:

MasterOfPuppets
03-09-2009, 07:01 PM
:buttkick:

No, just trying to actually read what was written.

BTW, I love the sig. :chuckle: is there any theories to the question ?

tony hipchest
03-09-2009, 07:13 PM
You, too? I was particularly struck by this sentence:



I think the writer must've meant that, with only three years of experience between them, that LeBeau thinks Woodley and Harrison still have lots of room to grow.

But, besides that utterly clumsy sentence, there was a lot of passive voice, like this:

;)ok this got me thinking... clumsy indeed. although at first i gave it a pass, assuming i know what he was talking about and knowing these blogs get edited no more than any of my posts (still dont know how i came up with "assertations"- :chuckle: )

either he meant that harrison had 5 years in the league and woodley 2 (=3- not all of which were starting) or that harrison has been a starter for 2 years and woodley 1 (=3- which he still butchered the thought) :noidea:

either way, i think the point is that the both of them are relative newbs in playing lebeaus defense (when compared to troy, foote, farrior, hampton, smith), and with a little fine tuning and the refs actually calling some holding, coach knows one can break the sack record and the other be a pro-bowler not too far behind. :tt02: