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Old 01-10-2014, 06:58 PM   #101
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Default Re: Those interested in Louis Nix

EH.

I was never a big Foote fan, but he was really solid after he came back from Detroit.

He was better until he got hurt than most Steelers fans think. Not a difference maker, but solid.

They missed him greatly this year, more than Hampton.

Williams was really shaky overall. Consistently just made bad reads and blew assignements. He is a hice physical talent, is big and can run for his size, and made the ocassional big hit. But, he was a substandard starter.

There is a reason his play decreased and they ended up with Polo as a LB/Monster back.

Not to mention the playcalling aspect.

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It's Donnie Edwards.

I used to watch Donnie a lot. He was a tackling machine. And, RBs almost never got past hm.

The problem was that at a certain point, those tackles went from "behind the LOS" to "at the LOS"... and eventually "three yards past the LOS."

Foote rarely let RBs get past him, but he was not "stopping" the run. Three yards is still a good gain.
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:59 PM   #102
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Actually the same thought came to me when I was doing my homework on the post, the similarities between the team then and now, and the potential for the team to really rebound next year.

I just disagree on NG.

Again, especially in light of the league changing so much offensively. Teams just don't have the inclination to try to run the ball up the gut and beat you like that any more.

It is a scoring league that the powers to be have systemically moved to take the "physical" element out of the game.

In 2000 and 2001 the league scoring average was 20.7 and 20.2.

It was 23.4 this year.

They can get a knock around vet to "take up two blockers" in the run game for 1/3 of the snaps and use the first rounder on a full time player.
I hear you, but I think that it takes a special D-lineman to "demand" a double team.

Sure, any DT can take up two blockers, but very few DTs "require" that the offense commits two blockers to him on every play.

That is what this team needs: for the opposing OC & OG to be forced to account for the NT.
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In our scheme, I'll give ya that. That's part of my issue with our scheme right now (see Houston's and San Fran's 3-4) but I digress.

That's the point I'm making though - the interior runs when McLendon was playing were held to just over 2 YPC. McLendon may not be a prototypical NT, but he's getting the job done.
Inside zone schemes involve a momentary double team block on interior linemen, like the NT, then one of the linemen slides off and goes second level to block the LB. A dominant NT normally can't be left alone on such a combination block.

McLendon, Woods, Fangopu all allow the opposing linemen to get combo blocks on our ILB . You may point to stats to say McLendon is doing a job, but what I see on tape shows it isn't the job we need done.
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