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Old 05-11-2008, 11:59 PM   #1
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Default Steelers to pick a booger again?

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_566982.html

If healthy, McFarland good for Steelers

By John Harris
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Monday, May 12, 2008

I like what Jacksonville did in the NFL Draft. The Jaguars needed a pass rusher to keep pace among AFC playoff teams and drafted not one but two.

If I'm offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, I love what the Steelers did in the draft -- selecting a running back, wide receiver and a tackle among the top four picks.

If I'm defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, I hate what the Steelers did in the draft -- no true defensive linemen taken following a season in which his unit registered only four sacks in 100 pass attempts in its three biggest losses (New England and Jacksonville twice).

Veteran free agent defensive lineman Anthony "Booger" McFarland is probably looking pretty good to the Steelers right now.

Signing McFarland would allow the Steelers to save face.

The Steelers needed to improve their defensive line depth. They didn't, unless you count signing three undrafted free agents as tackling the problem head-on.

Compare that with Jacksonville trading a total of five draft picks to select defensive ends Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves in the first two rounds.

Getting back to McFarland, who missed all of last season with a torn patellar tendon, the Steelers should be first in line for his private workout June 4 in Tampa, Fla.

"He's still a free agent. He's still unsigned," agent Karl Bernard said of McFarland, who helped the Indianapolis Colts win a Super Bowl in 2006. "He's chomping at the bit to get with a team."

McFarland also won a Super Bowl in Tampa Bay with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. That might explain McFarland visiting the Steelers in March, although he didn't leave with a contract.

Bernard said McFarland's knee is improving. But that's what a player's representative is supposed to say.

To demonstrate he can still be an effective player, McFarland will hold a workout next month for potential suitors.

"Just to show where he is and what he's able to do," Bernard said. "He's going to go through a series of drills indicating that he's healed from the injury."

If healthy, McFarland is a proven run-stuffer and pass rusher.

Some might call McFarland a gamble, but it appears the Steelers are in a gambling mood.

Consider that defensive end Aaron Smith is 32 and coming off a biceps injury.

Also consider the Steelers are gambling that a defensive line whose key components will all be 30 and older in 2008 won't wear down under the strain of the 16-game grind.

Asked recently if the Steelers still want to add another defensive lineman, director of football operations Kevin Colbert said, "If they can be had and they can fit financially, then we are not going to close the door on that. Are there defensive linemen available in free agency? We hope so."

For Colbert's sake, they'd better do more than hope so.
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Default Re: Steelers to pick a booger again?

just one thing about booger that makes me hesitant...

he's played in a 4-3/cover 2 defense his entire career... isn't there some sort of learning curve when it comes to the 3-4? isn't that why it took awhile for guys like troy polamalu and woodley and such to develope?
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Old 05-12-2008, 05:05 AM   #3
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just one thing about booger that makes me hesitant...

he's played in a 4-3/cover 2 defense his entire career... isn't there some sort of learning curve when it comes to the 3-4? isn't that why it took awhile for guys like troy polamalu and woodley and such to develope?
I am sure they would be a learning curve but they probably think he could switch pretty quick.
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just one thing about booger that makes me hesitant...

he's played in a 4-3/cover 2 defense his entire career... isn't there some sort of learning curve when it comes to the 3-4? isn't that why it took awhile for guys like troy polamalu and woodley and such to develope?
With the D-linemen it's all about gap technique. The coaching staff must be confident Booger can handle those responsibilities.
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If he is healthy and can be had relatively cheaply I say go for him. Otherwise I wouldnt panic about our D-Line. The pressure on the QB in D.L.s system comes from the LB's and unless we are going to switch to a full time 4-3 I dont see a drastic need to get DE'e that are sack specialists. We have already reloaded on the potential QB hunters. The DL needs to be dedicated to playing their techniques and running their stunts that are designed to eat up the opps OL. Once our LB's get to the QB like yesteryears the DL will get more sacks. And as long as our "old" men at DL stay healthy they should be able to accomplish that. Nick Eason was also a 4-3 DT lineman. He was probably use to having 1 gap responsibility and had to learn the techniques required to watch 2 gaps our 3-4 DE
s have to watch. He should be a more competent backup this season.
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this would be a good pick up-... gives us depth and such....

we just need to get some players to come in 4 keisal and smith and not have a huge dropoff of talent at that pos.
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isn't there some sort of learning curve when it comes to the 3-4? isn't that why it took awhile for guys like troy polamalu and woodley and such to develope?
Huh?

Woodley was already kicking ass by the end of his rookie season, when he was barely supposed to be playing. Polamalu was one of the best defenders in the league by the first year he saw much real playing time. I'm not too worried about a veteran like this guy learning the ropes.
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just one thing about booger that makes me hesitant...

he's played in a 4-3/cover 2 defense his entire career... isn't there some sort of learning curve when it comes to the 3-4? isn't that why it took awhile for guys like troy polamalu and woodley and such to develope?
Converting a 4-3 DE like Woodley, Porter, Haggans, etc to an OLB is a learning curve because they have to be responsible for coverage.

A 4-3 DT is an "interior lineman", that is he plays inside and not outside the OT or TE. A 3-4 DE is also an "interior lineman" and should have no problem picking it up.

I like the move if it happens. He just needs to be healthy enough to pass a physical.
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Hes a beast if healthy , lets hope he will be ready
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We need help there...even if it's just for this season. I'd sign him.
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