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Old 09-28-2012, 09:37 PM   #1
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Default Larry Foote Says Players Donít Trust LeBeau

Steelers Foote Says Players Donít Trust LeBeau

Sep 26th, 2012 by Craig Gottschalk



Steelers linebacker Larry Foote said on Wednesday:

"Sometimes, you can get caught up in just trying to play hard and aggressive, but youíre not trusting the defense. Not the other players, but the defense. And that canít happen. The bottom line is that we have to make a play when we get a chance."

WaitÖ. what? Youíre telling me that even your players now donít trust the defensive system? Itís one thing that fans, pundits, and bloggers who think they know it all rip Dick LeBeau and his system apart week to week when the team loses. But when the players Ė one of your own defensive leaders Ė admits that when they step on the field and doubt whatís being calledÖ now thatís a problem.

Itís harsh words from Foote, but whether it comes from a place of truth or more of an excuse for not executing and making plays when they (or just Foote) need to is inconsequential. The bottom line for fans, coaches and players is that the defense needs to make plays. And that, they are not doing.

Thereís is where LeBeauís stubbornness really is beginning to hurt the team. The predictability of play calling Ė based on things Carson Palmer did during the game and said after Ė is starting to shred this defense that is banged up, bleeding, and looking for any type of relief. The absence of Polamalu and Harrison are greatly hurting the team. Young players are far from stepping up and filling their shoes. You canít call the same plays you would for your stars and starters when average Joes are on the field and expect to get the results. The defensive schemes need to change in order to accomodate for Cris Carterís inability to clear the edge like Harrison does.The middle of the field needs help with coverage to accomodate for Ryan Mundyís inability to play tight up front and then escape downfield if someone goes deep. The list goes on.

In addition, were any of these guys to have an off night Ė the rest of the system falls apart. Thereís no arguing that LeBeauís system is sheer brilliance. But it is catastrophic to have a system in place that is completely dependent upon each and every player working within the realm of perfection. That is a flawed system.

And, with the aging defense and the increased risks of players becoming injured, opposing offenses will continue to shred this defense. That you can trust.

http://nicepickcowher.com/2012/09/26...-trust-lebeau/
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:51 PM   #2
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Steelers Foote Says Players Donít Trust LeBeau

Sep 26th, 2012 by Craig Gottschalk



Steelers linebacker Larry Foote said on Wednesday:

"Sometimes, you can get caught up in just trying to play hard and aggressive, but youíre not trusting the defense. Not the other players, but the defense. And that canít happen. The bottom line is that we have to make a play when we get a chance."

WaitÖ. what? Youíre telling me that even your players now donít trust the defensive system? Itís one thing that fans, pundits, and bloggers who think they know it all rip Dick LeBeau and his system apart week to week when the team loses. But when the players Ė one of your own defensive leaders Ė admits that when they step on the field and doubt whatís being calledÖ now thatís a problem.

Itís harsh words from Foote, but whether it comes from a place of truth or more of an excuse for not executing and making plays when they (or just Foote) need to is inconsequential. The bottom line for fans, coaches and players is that the defense needs to make plays. And that, they are not doing.

Thereís is where LeBeauís stubbornness really is beginning to hurt the team. The predictability of play calling Ė based on things Carson Palmer did during the game and said after Ė is starting to shred this defense that is banged up, bleeding, and looking for any type of relief. The absence of Polamalu and Harrison are greatly hurting the team. Young players are far from stepping up and filling their shoes. You canít call the same plays you would for your stars and starters when average Joes are on the field and expect to get the results. The defensive schemes need to change in order to accomodate for Cris Carterís inability to clear the edge like Harrison does.The middle of the field needs help with coverage to accomodate for Ryan Mundyís inability to play tight up front and then escape downfield if someone goes deep. The list goes on.

In addition, were any of these guys to have an off night Ė the rest of the system falls apart. Thereís no arguing that LeBeauís system is sheer brilliance. But it is catastrophic to have a system in place that is completely dependent upon each and every player working within the realm of perfection. That is a flawed system.

And, with the aging defense and the increased risks of players becoming injured, opposing offenses will continue to shred this defense. That you can trust.

http://nicepickcowher.com/2012/09/26...-trust-lebeau/
Really, are the Steelers fans to entertain this thought? Is this possibly a play on words? No disrespect to Foote but if this were the case why didn't Farrior say this last year, or any of the other veterans? Wait a minute, didn't Foote take a break when he played with the Lions (and lost), didn't he sit behind an aging Farrior last year, sorry but before Foote points the finger maybe he needs to step up his game, take the blame on himself as a "Defensive Leader", Foote has whiffed on alot of tackles this year and quite frankly if it weren't for LeBeau's scheme he wouldn't have the tackles or the sacks he has. Bottom line, coaches call the plays as a "Defensive Leader" he needs to recognize and adjust, furthermore he and the rest of the Defense need to execute, it is what it is, now Foote wants to be a "Mouthpiece". As far as I am concerned, a true classless veteran who wants to point fingers. If he didn't buy into LeBeau's system why did he come back?
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To be honest, one could make the case that Larry Foote has been the best player on defense thus far this year...
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:12 PM   #4
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It's frustrating for us fans to watch us play big cushion zone and get eaten up by all QB's including scrubs, especially when the answer is obvious. I liked it more when our team didn't talk much to the media, but I can see how frustrating it would be for Foote to get the call from LeBeau every play and having to call it even though it didn't work two plays ago and two plays before that.
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To be honest, one could make the case that Larry Foote has been the best player on defense thus far this year...
I could see that point if he didn't look lost so much, if he were organized and took the defense over as its true leader then that would be something to expound upon. Also, consider this, I mean no offense to you, one could also look at it like Neil O' Donnell actually "Threw" the SB away against the Cowboys. With that analogy, the coaches call the plays, it is up to the players to execute, a good leader on either side of the ball have to lead their people to make plays. Instead of Foote pointing the finger at someone maybe he needs to turn the finger towards himself as the "Defensive Leader" or at least one of them.
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I wouldn't exactly be trustworthy in a defensive scheme that has screwed up most of this young season.

When you have crap like D-Linemen getting chewed out for making plays behind the line of scrimmage (Ta'amu), or benching a player who gets a sack to close out the game (Heyward), or a player who has played his ass off in training camp and preseason but has barely seen the field and is benched for a slopping veteran (McClendon), and result of this bullshit is a collapsing Defense, some feathers are going to be ruffled and frustration is going to set in.

The young guys don't trust Lebeau because he doesn't trust them. He still wants to ride his trusty veterans even though they can no longer play. Lebeau did the same crap to Ziggy Hood last year (When he was a monster at the end of 2010) by starting an ineffective and broken down Aaron Smith to open the 2011 season. Of course the Lebeau Apologists will blame the players.

It's unbelievable how much excuses are made for Lebeau's ineptitude.

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Wow, what a tale in three games, abandoned LeBeau even though the offense hasn't produced like this in years. Did anyone get the number of the bus that LeBeau was just thrown under??
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Scrape when you should have filled, LB 101, look at the McFadden run.
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Scrape when you should have filled, LB 101, look at the McFadden run.
If "Mighty Two-Gap" Casey the Hutt doesn't get dominated 1 on 1, it doesn't even matter what Timmons or Mundy does.

Casey is starting because of One Dick Lebeau.
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If "Mighty Two-Gap" Casey the Hutt doesn't get dominated 1 on 1, it doesn't even matter what Timmons or Mundy does.

Casey is starting because of One Dick Lebeau.
Casey is starting because the coaches probably feel at this point he would do better then McClendon. Mike Tomlin expects performance out of his players no matter who they are(demonstrated last year with Hines seeing decreased playing time), and unfortunately the young guys on the DL haven't come far enough yet to take plays away from the aging DL. And just because a player is young doesn't mean that they deserve to play, look at how much Chris Carter has struggled this year. The defense is in transition mode. They have young guys not ready to play yet, and they have older guys way past their prime( most evident in the poor play of the D-Line.) And top that off with the absence of two Defensive MVPs, and you've got a bad combination. I do agree though that there has also been some schematic problems with LeBeau, but there is some personnel issues to say the least.
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