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Old 08-07-2010, 05:15 AM   #1
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Default We need a leader on defense

sure we have talent, both sides of the ball, but on defense we need a leader, similar to Greg Lloyd, when he was there, no way would we have lost 4th qtr leads, lose 5 in a row, to lesser teams especially at home; no one really is that type of guy on our defense and it showed big time last yr. some players even talked about it, last yr and we need that guy, whomever it is, to step up and take the responsibility and we will be fine.
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Old 08-07-2010, 12:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: We need a leader on defense

Two things: One, as great as Greg Lloyd was, he was not a team leader. He was vocal on the field, but not a leader. And the second is, we HAVE a leader...James Farrior is a GREAT Team leader on Defense. He's been our defensive Captain for 7 years! So your point is lost...at least to me it is.
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Old 08-07-2010, 12:46 PM   #3
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Two things: One, as great as Greg Lloyd was, he was not a team leader. He was vocal on the field, but not a leader. And the second is, we HAVE a leader...James Farrior is a GREAT Team leader on Defense. He's been our defensive Captain for 7 years! So your point is lost...at least to me it is.
I don't find the point to be lost. Sure he's a leader but for seven years? You gotta put in new captains or at least prepare for a new one.
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Old 08-07-2010, 01:01 PM   #4
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Default Re: We need a leader on defense

When you're on the field, you rely on what your DC tells you to do. When things are going bad on the field, you want a vocal leader yes, Farrior is one of them, but not the only one. Troy is normally a quiet, do it by his actions type of player. But Ryan Clark is a vocal leader. And I think Ziggy Hood has the High-excitability type of personality to pump-up his teammates. So we are more then covered.
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Old 08-07-2010, 03:48 PM   #5
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Its a good point. They need an infusion of young, bad ass, head hunting players.
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Two things: One, as great as Greg Lloyd was, he was not a team leader. He was vocal on the field, but not a leader. And the second is, we HAVE a leader...James Farrior is a GREAT Team leader on Defense. He's been our defensive Captain for 7 years! So your point is lost...at least to me it is.
A team leader that should not be starting does not make matters any better.
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A team leader that should not be starting does not make matters any better.
James Farrior has one down year and he suddenly shouldnt be starting?

Steeler fans turn on players so fast, its hilarious.

As far as young players and leaders....LaMarr Woodley has great leadership ability...as does Ziggy Hood according to his college coaches and teammates.

We definitely need some young players to step up on defense, but we are fine with leaders at this point.
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James Farrior has one down year and he suddenly shouldnt be starting?

Steeler fans turn on players so fast, its hilarious.

As far as young players and leaders....LaMarr Woodley has great leadership ability...as does Ziggy Hood according to his college coaches and teammates.

We definitely need some young players to step up on defense, but we are fine with leaders at this point.
I love James, but he just looked slow last year. I think he has just lost too much.
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Default Re: We need a leader on defense

Farrior is a coverage ILB that has lost way too much speed. He can't cover 4th string RBs in the flats anymore. He needs to ultimately switch positions with Timmons and be substituted out on 3rd downs. I'd move Harrison on the inside and let Worilds/Gibson play LOLB on 3rd and long. THAT would be a scary combination. Imagine a blitz, Woodley, Timmons, Harrison and Worilds/Gibson...anyones line wouldn't know who was coming and each of these guys are equally as dangerous.
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James Farrior has one down year and he suddenly shouldnt be starting?

Steeler fans turn on players so fast, its hilarious.

As far as young players and leaders....LaMarr Woodley has great leadership ability...as does Ziggy Hood according to his college coaches and teammates.

We definitely need some young players to step up on defense, but we are fine with leaders at this point.
Its not turning on James, love the guy. You just dont get any better at 35. This love affair with keeping guys around to long will cost us in the end.
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