Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2014 Goal: $450.00 - To Date: $450.00 (100.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Pro Bowl
8:00PM Eastern on ESPN

Thread Tools
Old 07-08-2012, 11:26 PM   #1
A Son of Martha

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Posts: 7,976
Gender: Male
Member Number: 10438
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default NFL offenses could be ready for a paradigm shift

NFL offenses could be ready for a paradigm shift

Written by Shane Clemons on 05 July 2012.

Jones-Drew_ColtsWinning in the NFL isn't all about having the best players, the best coaches, and the best team chemistry. Every team in the league is geared to maximize the chance of winning on Sunday. Having the best players is a big part of being successful on Sunday, but with 32 teams vying for the same players, finding great players is easier said than done.

Until recently, the Pittsburgh Steelers were one of the few teams in the league to run a 3-4 defense. The reason for this was that the 4-3 defense consists of players that are typically bigger than those that play in a 3-4 system (except at the NT position). The common cliche during this period was that you had to run the ball and stop the run to win games. The Steelers used the frenzy to acquire 4-3 players to their advantage.

The Steelers' defense has always been one of the most dominant groups in the league. They built their defensive dominance by picking players from a different talent pool than most of the other teams. The 3-4 players they signed wouldn't have worked as well in 4-3 systems. Consequently, the Steelers had the best 3-4 players in the league year after year, leading to consistent playoff births.

I believe we may begin to see a similar trend with some teams on the offensive side of the ball. In today's NFL, the defense is constantly focusing on stopping the pass. This has led to the development of smaller, faster players that can close gaps in coverage quickly in an effort to slow down guys like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Matthew Stafford. The obvious answer for offenses facing tight windows in coverage is to simply shove the ball down the defense's throat.

I don't believe that every team in the NFL is going to begin building huge, powerful offensive linemen that simply push the defense back, but for teams without established passers, the option of running the ball could be viable in securing enough wins to make a playoff push. Teams like the Saints, Patriots, Broncos, and Lions won't be taking the ball out of their quarterbacks' hands, but teams like the Jaguars, Browns, and Titans may be willing to run the ball against weaker defensive alignments in an effort to make up for the lack of a true franchise quarterback.

The NFL is all about adapting to an ever changing environment, and [B]I can see the return of the running game as a way of beating fast, non-physical defensive groups.[/B]

(Enough of the Airhead pass happy crap. Run the ball, control the clock, and crush your opponent which is what real Steeler football is. Once our O-Line jells and now that we have an OC whose IQ is above freezing point of water, I am looking forward to dominating games again with the run. - mesa)
mesaSteeler is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:07 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts