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Old 08-06-2012, 09:02 PM   #1
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Default Steelers could use a 4 - 3 defense package?

First off, hello all, I read this and other Steeler forums often.

When Mike Tomlin was hired I loved the pick, and was very happy about his decision to keep the Steelers d as it was. I love the 3 - 4, and no one plays it better than the steelers.......

...BUT looking at our current D-Line situation, and some of the injuries to the line backing corps, isn't it a possibilty???

We could have Kiesel, Hood, Mclendon, Heyward (not necessarily in that order)

Then have LT, Woodley, foote (hopefully spence)

for some subpackages used only in specific situations, It would throw opposing teams for a loop.. I would liken it to how the giants have that speed d-line package.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:18 PM   #2
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Default Re: Steelers could use a 4 - 3 defense package?

It's definitely a possibility, but a possibility and a success are two different things. Not with D.L. as our coordinator, but it's certainly a possibility for the near future.
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Default Re: Steelers could use a 4 - 3 defense package?

Oh, and welcome to the forum.
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Default Re: Steelers could use a 4 - 3 defense package?

I like having a 3-4 because linebackers in the NFL are so versatile.
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Default Re: Steelers could use a 4 - 3 defense package?

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I like having a 3-4 because linebackers in the NFL are so versatile.
to reiterate...
I love the 3 -4 and hope it is always our base d, but think of what opposing o-lines would think if came out in a 4-3 for a few downs. Maybe pull it out a few times a year.


Bayz, do you think kb would do this once he takes the helm.. Assuming that he has the personel.
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Default Re: Steelers could use a 4 - 3 defense package?

Lebeau has stated numerous times that they already do have a 4-3 that they use regularly to mix things up. You're wishing for something they already use.
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Default Re: Steelers could use a 4 - 3 defense package?

Doesn't this already exist? I'm pretty sure I've seen Pit line up in a 4-3 a few times.
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Default Re: Steelers could use a 4 - 3 defense package?

keisel and hood (or heyward) are not your prototypical edge rushers in a 4-3 alignment.

woodley maybe, but that means you take keisel, hood (or heyward) off the field.

for the same reasons, we wouldnt put mclendon/taamu/hampton out there as the core group of our 3-4 DL (although its reasonable to think nobody would run on us- except to the outside).
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Doesn't this already exist? I'm pretty sure I've seen Pit line up in a 4-3 a few times.
well alot of times the steelers are lined up w/ 5 men on the LOS (3 DL and 2 OLB). they dont call it a 5-2 offense though. the steelers defens is predicated on many shifts and motions, much like an offense. that is one reason the steelers defense is so hard to learn and rookie defenders take so long to develop.

lebeau has only been at this shit for 50 years.
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keisel and hood (or heyward) are not your prototypical edge rushers in a 4-3 alignment.

woodley maybe, but that means you take keisel, hood (or heyward) off the field.

for the same reasons, we wouldnt put mclendon/taamu/hampton out there as the core group of our 3-4 DL (although its reasonable to think nobody would run on us- except to the outside).


I wouldn't put Mclendon in the same grouping as Ta'amu and hampton..

Heyward Mclendon Kiesel Hood

I think it would work as a subpackage.. and scare alot of teams.
I would't want to see this personnel grouping often tho..

Use that with 2 backers 4 corners & troy..

I dunno just a thought until there is something to talk about
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