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Old 08-24-2014, 02:19 PM   #61
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Okay, so I just read the article. This guy lost all previous credibility when he suggested playing McCullers. It may not be rocket science but he does need to know to play the line. It's obvious that McCullers has either never been coached, or he hasn't listened to a word of any coaching that he has gotten, and he just counts on his size. I hope that he has never been coached. Just standing there and being a blocking dummy may have worked in high school, but NFL interior lineman aren't high schoolers. If you watch him play, he is beat on every play, and that will only work against the guys who aren't going to make their cuts.
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Old 08-24-2014, 02:46 PM   #62
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Playing NT isn't rocket science, but it isn't as easy as "pushing forward", either. That oversimplification is a little dangerous and takes away from some of the best NTs in the league, such as Dontari Poe.
Our best player on defense over the past two years has been Timmons. Our second best defender, at least in the pre-season has been Shazier.

We need a BIG NT, capable of holding his ground, or taking on more than one blocker to allow Timmons and Shazier to shine.

It might be smart to play big Dan a bit, and rotate in McClendon.

Unfortunetely our corners for this year are going to be a weak spot. Why the Steelers ignroned the positon in the draft and free agency is another thread.
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Old 08-24-2014, 02:49 PM   #63
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Our best player on defense over the past two years has been Timmons. Our second best defender, at least in the pre-season has been Shazier.
Shazier was our best defensive player in the first game, but definitely not in this last game against the Eagles.

he allowed the Philly TEs to catch 6 passes for 70 yards and 5 of his 6 tackles were made more than 8 yards past the line of scrimmage...
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Old 08-24-2014, 03:34 PM   #64
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The worst thing we could do for McCullers is play him. He needs to go back and relearn everything. That means much work in practice. The guy needs one on one time with a coach. If he gets into real games too soon he may never become ready to play, and then we are right back to where we are now, only with no one in development.
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Old 08-24-2014, 03:44 PM   #65
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Shazier was our best defensive player in the first game, but definitely not in this last game against the Eagles.

he allowed the Philly TEs to catch 6 passes for 70 yards and 5 of his 6 tackles were made more than 8 yards past the line of scrimmage...
Ture. But how much of this was our system, and how much was on him?

I think Shazier's biggest weakness is lack of size. He needs a 2 gap NT to shine.
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Again, it's the pre season and add in the distraction from the weed incident.

Tomlin just needs to get the team focused and ready for opening day. Like someone said in another thread, there were no injuries. That's the most important thing. We have the personnel to make the postseason this year.
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Not really. It was kind of like the wildcat. Once there was enough video on it, it wasn't that difficult. We're having problems now because we don't have a consistent outside pass rush or a number one cornerback with Ike's drop off. An offense that constantly spreads out leaves the ends vulnerable, and that's the worst place for an offense not to account for.
All i was trying to say is that a lot of people every year say that X team exposed the Steelers with a quick hitting spread offense. This has happened for over ten years in a row
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I think Shazier's biggest weakness is lack of size. He needs a 2 gap NT to shine.
I agree, the NT position is definitely a huge need for the Steelers. McLendon is not the answer there...
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I agree, the NT position is definitely a huge need for the Steelers. McLendon is not the answer there...
Depends on If Big Dan works out but there is plenty of NT prospects in next years draft. But I doubt we'll spend a top 2-3 pick on a NT
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All i was trying to say is that a lot of people every year say that X team exposed the Steelers with a quick hitting spread offense. This has happened for over ten years in a row

It is and part of it is based on scheme. Dick's system worked much better when five years ago when we had better pass rusher, and Ike and Troy in their prime.

I actually think Shazier and Timmons are pretty good cover guys. Right now we have a double handicap. Average CB's who play off by design, and a pass rush not up to Steeler standards.

Teams with QB's who excel at quickly finding the open man can nickel and dime us all day long with un-contested passes, and those with larger TE's or WR's can hurt us deep. Ike used to be able to match up with the bigger / faster receivers. Not sure if he can these days.
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