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mesaSteeler 04-12-2011 07:25 AM

More evidence Steelers need CB help
More evidence Steelers need CB help
April, 11, 2011 Apr 11 4:00 PM ET

By James Walker
With the reigning AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers thin at cornerback and Ike Taylor about to hit free agency, we have more statistical evidence why it's vital for Pittsburgh to address this need in the offseason.


Percentage of offensive snaps with three or more wide receivers and defensive snaps with three or more cornerbacks.

Year 3+ WRs 3+ CBs
2010 48.2 48.5
2009 46.1 44.9
2008 45.7 43.4

Source: ESPN Stats & Information
According to ESPN's Stats and Information, NFL offenses are increasingly using three or more receivers, which dictates personnel on defense. In 2010 teams lined up three or more receivers on offense 48.2 percent of the time, up from 46.1 percent in 2009 and 45.7 percent in 2008.

As a result, defenses needed to use three or more cornerbacks on 48.5 percent of snaps last season. For Pittsburgh, that means some combination of backups William Gay, Anthony Madison and Crezdon Butler would need to see the field on nearly half of the defense's plays.

The Green Bay Packers, who run a West Coast offense, won Super Bowl XLV in February primarily by utilizing multiple-receiver sets to take advantage of Pittsburgh's lack of secondary depth. Passing teams like the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots also were able to expose this weakness last season.

Thanks to various rule changes the past several years, it's harder than ever to defend the pass, and it's up to the Steelers to adjust. Pittsburgh rarely uses first-round picks on cornerbacks because its primary focus is dominating the line of scrimmage. But statistical evidence suggests the Steelers might want to reconsider and invest more resources into pass defense.

pete74 04-12-2011 06:48 PM

Re: More evidence Steelers need CB help
we do need a CB but there is no way were taking one in the 1st. unless we traded up for Smith who i personally think will be better then Prince there isnt another corner who is 1st round material when we choose. i think we will grab one in the 2nd then again in the later rounds

taztroy43 04-12-2011 11:09 PM

Re: More evidence Steelers need CB help
IMO i think Prince would be a better fit in our defense because Smith tends to be more of a finess type of player....and there is no way I would touch Smith with all those off the field issues and distrations!!! there is just no way... Smith=Talib......yeah I would rather have Amukamara any day....and he fits better in our system than Smith IMO....shoot...I would even take Dowling or Brown over Smith.....but thats just me....:tt04:

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