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Old 12-30-2007, 10:44 AM   #1
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Default LeBeau must go!

With all the talk about the offense, the real problem is the defense. Big Ben has to bring them back from behind too many times. I don't care if the defense is statistically number one, they don't put enough pressure on the QB. Their only pressure comes from blitzing and then they get burned when the the opposing team picks up the blitz.

Tomlin should go to the 4-3, which he prefers. His defense was strong in Minnesota and he also learned under Dungy in Tampa Bay. Tampa's defense was very tough up front with a young Warren Sapp and Booger McFarland up front. They left linebackers like Derrick Brooks free to run and pursue.

Maybe I still miss the real Steel Curtain of the 1970's when the front four dominated and created tons of pressure on their own. I think they should go back to the 4-3, and that means it's time for LeBeau to retire.
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Old 12-30-2007, 10:49 AM   #2
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With all the talk about the offense, the real problem is the defense. Big Ben has to bring them back from behind too many times. I don't care if the defense is statistically number one, they don't put enough pressure on the QB. Their only pressure comes from blitzing and then they get burned when the the opposing team picks up the blitz.

Tomlin should go to the 4-3, which he prefers. His defense was strong in Minnesota and he also learned under Dungy in Tampa Bay. Tampa's defense was very tough up front with a young Warren Sapp and Booger McFarland up front. They left linebackers like Derrick Brooks free to run and pursue.

Maybe I still miss the real Steel Curtain of the 1970's when the front four dominated and created tons of pressure on their own. I think they should go back to the 4-3, and that means it's time for LeBeau to retire.



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Old 12-30-2007, 11:04 AM   #3
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Be careful what you wish for.
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:05 AM   #4
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Default Re: LeBeau must go!

While I've been a bit unhappy about the lack of a consistent pass rush this season, I really can't say I have a problem with Dick Lebeau as a DC. The Steelers D suffered injuries to several key players this season and though some might say the backups should be ready to step in, it isn't always that simple. Aaron Smith's season ending injury was a HUGE blow to the Steelers front line, as well. If the Steelers should win the SB this season, I look for Lebeau to hang up his hat, but I, for one, wouldn't mind if he stayed on until he decides it's time.
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:31 AM   #5
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No matter how successful someone is or has been there is always a time to pass the torch. There was no possible way Tomlin would not have brought Lebeau back this year. Steeers fans would have blown a gasket. Next year a different story. The question is who?. You don't get rid of a hightly sussessful defensive coordinator with a great reputation unless you have someone who can fill his shoes. Maybe his schemes have got predictable, It does seem we are just a fraction short of getting the the QB but we do still have the #1 D in the league. Is it time to move on? possibly , but in no way shape or form do I blame our defensive struggles on LeBeau. This is the worst tackling Steelers team I have ever seen. We are known for our steady tackling and big hits. This year has been pathetic. Polamalu has not made any big plays this year. Ike would lead the world in interceptions if he could catch. Harrison has been the only playmake on the D this year. Hard for me to blame D L
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Going to a 4-3? Sure, as soon as we get the personnel to run it, which we don't have, and only after the OL is rebuilt, which I feel is a much higher priority right now. Please think back a few years to "Timmah" Lewis, and then see if you can really still complain about LeBeau.
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The obvious solution is to make Arians the D coordinator as well
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While I've been a bit unhappy about the lack of a consistent pass rush this season, I really can't say I have a problem with Dick Lebeau as a DC. The Steelers D suffered injuries to several key players this season and though some might say the backups should be ready to step in, it isn't always that simple. Aaron Smith's season ending injury was a HUGE blow to the Steelers front line, as well. If the Steelers should win the SB this season, I look for Lebeau to hang up his hat, but I, for one, wouldn't mind if he stayed on until he decides it's time.
I think Aaron Smith is OK, but I can't remember the last he time he had a sack and I think that's what they need from the defensive line.
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I think Aaron Smith is OK, but I can't remember the last he time he had a sack and I think that's what they need from the defensive line.
DEs in a 3-4 really don't rack up sacks - their role is to tie up opposing O-linemen, which frees up the LBs to get sacks, which Smith does a more than adequate job at. And Smith is an absolute beast against the run - look at the Jax game as proof of that.
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Default Re: LeBeau must go!

Agreed that the role of the DL is to stop the run and tie up the OL, but Ed.B. today said Big Snack has not been as dominant as in years past - that may have a cascading effect throughout the interior D

The front 7 is getting some major age on it - LeBeau may be writing checks his D is getting too old to cash

LB was addressed (hopefully) in the 2007 draft - Since OL has to be the 2008 priority I guess the hope/plan is that the current DL does not need new blood until 2009

I could see LeBeau leaving on his own
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