Originally Posted by El-Gonzo Jackson
The NFL is all about situational football and if you don't have the right players for those situations, you get exposed and abused in that situation. Last year the Steelers got abused at the rate of 4.3 YPC by opponents and run defense starts up front.
Right, but only 2.0 YPC up the middle, or at McLendon. What was the YPC at the right side of the line, or at Ziggy Hood and rookie Jarvis Jones? It'd be interesting to see what it was against the left and right side, or Heyward and Hood respectively.
I realize that it's not just on Heyward and Hood, but with two defensive ends almost night and day talent wise controlling and sealing gaps, it's worth taking a look. Maybe the issue isn't a legitimate NT, it's another End to play opposite Heyward, and giving Jarvis time to develop.