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Old 12-27-2012, 06:36 PM   #1
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Default Why Should Lebeau Go??

After 15 weeks, the Steeler‘s defense, under coach Dick lebeau, is ranked number 1 in total defense, in the league. This is a defense that is playing along side an offense that is ranked 21st in the league, averaging just 20.8 points per game. With that in mind, there are those in the media, along with fans that are calling for Dick Lebeau to step down. Lebeau said that he doesn’t want to step down yet, but that the decision is, ultimately, up to Mike Tomlin.
Dick Lebeau first became a defensive coordinator in the NFL, back in the 1980’s, with the Bengals. He invented the Zone Blitz, which was made famous by the Pittsburgh-Blitzburgh defense, taking the Steelers to Super Bowl XXX. Lebeau’s second stint as defense coordinator for the Steelers began in 2004, when he took over a struggling defense from Tim Lewis.
With Dick Lebeau as defensive coordinator, the Steelers have won 8 Division Championships, 4 AFC Championships, and 2 Super Bowls.

Please tell me? Why do we need to get rid of Dick Lebeau? Who would take over? Could his replacement be any better?
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:40 PM   #2
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Why do we need to get rid of Dick Lebeau?
We don't......he dealt with injuries, inserted green players, and wound up #1......ain't that a bitch?
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:40 PM   #3
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Default Re: Why Should Lebeau Go??

I'll leave that up to Lebeau and Tomlin. The one thing I would like to see is a more aggressive defense.
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:47 PM   #4
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Default Re: Why Should Lebeau Go??

I don't think LeBeau will go this year. I don't think he wants to go, and I don't think Tomlin wants him to go either. Why would Tomlin want him to go when the Steelers defense is ranked #1 in the league?
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:03 PM   #5
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LeBeau can go only if there is someone better…

Anyone says he should go without having a better replacement in mind needs their head examined. Outside of that there is absolutely no grounds to fire LeBeau. None, end of story, done.
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Default Re: Why Should Lebeau Go??

One can make the argument that the NFL has figured out the 3-4 Fire Blitz scheme, with its 10 yard cushions and soft coverages. That #1 ranking means sqaut if you cannot get off the field on 3rd down and guys like Matt Hasselbeck and Carson Palmer can carve up your secondary like a Thanksgiving turkey.

They were ranked #1 last year by a wider margin, and they got torched for 316 yards and 3 TDs by Tim Tebow for crying out loud.

The scheme is great for minimizing yardage and looking good in fantasy football, but it has been failing to create turnovers, get off the field on 3rd down, and consistently stop other teams from scoring in crucial game situations.

It pases the fantasy stat test, but not the eye test.

I see no reason to think Lebeau cannot adapt his gameplan and still create a winning strategy (see 2010 Patriots game), but I do think it is time for a new defensive scheme. We have the personnel for run a mean 4-3.
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Anyone says he should go without having a better replacement in mind needs their head examined. Outside of that there is absolutely no grounds to fire LeBeau. None, end of story, done.
Not even getting carved up by Matt Hasselbeck, Carson Palmer, Tim Tebow, Phillip Rivers, and Tony Romo?
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I don't think LeBeau will go this year. I don't think he wants to go, and I don't think Tomlin wants him to go either. Why would Tomlin want him to go when the Steelers defense is ranked #1 in the league?
Because despite that #1 ranking (rankings don't win Superbowls, sorry), they could not create turnovers, could not stop other teams from scoring, could not generate any pass rush, could not get off the field on 3rd down, and could not shutdown terrible QBs like Matt Hasselbeck and Carson Palmer.
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Default Re: Why Should Lebeau Go??

Playing receivers 8 yards off the ball and this "let them have the dump offs, just not the big play" has been figured out by every team in the league. It's time for a change in defensive philosophy, and that doesn't mean Butler should take over. We don't need LeBeau v2.0. I want someone that would play an aggressive, attacking defense and not a conservative one.

It's time for fresh blood.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:49 PM   #10
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Hasn't he been saying he would retire any year now? He's 75, and I can't really see him coming back yet another year.
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