Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2014 Goal: $450.00 - To Date: $450.00 (100.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers

LOL

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-12-2010, 04:17 PM   #1
California-Steel
Bench Warmer
 
California-Steel's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 159
Member Number: 11917
Thanks: 8
Thanked 3 Times in 1 Post
Default Wow! Never practiced vs. the 4-3

Steelers begin prepping for opposing 4-3 defenses
By Mark Kaboly, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, August 12, 2010

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_694536.html

Bruce Arians promised the Steelers will run the ball better this year. To do that, his offense is doing things they have never done before in training camp.

Because the Steelers struggled getting a running game going against 4-3 defensive fronts a year ago and have 10 games against teams that use four down linemen and three linebackers this year, they are preparing themselves now.

The offense spent a good portion of Wednesday morning's practice running team drills against a 4-3 front to get the players used to the look.

Not only was it the first time this camp they have done such a thing, it was the first time they have ever worked on it during practice.

"In years past, we wouldn't even practice it," Arians said. "We would just go play them. It is a real disadvantage to the offensive line."

The Steelers' offense goes up against their 3-4 defense every day during practice. When the games come around against teams that don't run that front, they are at a disadvantage.

"It is very hard for these guys to see a 3-4 blitzing defense the entire spring and the entire camp, and then go up against an entirely different defense, especially the assignment part of it in the running game," Arians said.

Seven of the Steelers' worst rushing performances a year ago came against 4-3 teams. Their five best rushing days (202 against Miami, 177 against San Diego, 173 against Denver, 152 against Baltimore, 140 against Cleveland) came against the 3-4.

"We don't get to see that defense (4-3) that much," right guard Trai Essex said. "It is not a big adjustment, but it is good that we are doing this during practice."

The offense doesn't necessarily practice the techniques of a penetrating 4-3 defense during drills, but more along the lines of what to expect out of the defense.

"If you don't practice against it, then you aren't going to get better," tackle Max Starks said.

The Steelers will get a good look at the 4-3 during preseason. Three of their four exhibition opponents run the front Detroit, the New York Giants and Carolina and the Steelers open the season with three consecutive games against 4-3 teams Atlanta, Tennessee and Tampa Bay.

"We usually throw the ball pretty well in those situations, but it is something we feel that we have to address," Arians said.
__________________
Like us on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/ATCfamily
California-Steel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2010, 04:22 PM   #2
pete74
Super Moderator
Supporter
 
pete74's Avatar
 

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: pittsburgh
Posts: 3,297
Member Number: 15921
Thanks: 97
Thanked 446 Times in 235 Posts
Default Re: Wow! Never practiced vs. the 4-3

i cant belive they wouldnt practice against a 4-3.
__________________
pete74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2010, 05:03 PM   #3
stiller39
Draft Prospect
 
stiller39's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Posts: 135
Gender: Male
Member Number: 4832
Thanks: 57
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Default Re: Wow! Never practiced vs. the 4-3

I am shocked that a professional team preparing to face a 4-3 defense would not practice against a 4-3 scheme prior to playing them.... WHAT is up with that??
stiller39 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2010, 06:57 PM   #4
scsteeler
Team Captain
 
scsteeler's Avatar
 

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Rock Hill SC
Posts: 861
Member Number: 8491
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Wow! Never practiced vs. the 4-3

Yes you would think they would run that scheme to help them play against the 4-3. I guess you would have to teach your defense 4-3 schemes run against the offense.


So Was this during the Tomlin years or Cowher year's also.
scsteeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2010, 07:00 PM   #5
pete74
Super Moderator
Supporter
 
pete74's Avatar
 

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: pittsburgh
Posts: 3,297
Member Number: 15921
Thanks: 97
Thanked 446 Times in 235 Posts
Default Re: Wow! Never practiced vs. the 4-3

Quote:
Originally Posted by scsteeler View Post
Yes you would think they would run that scheme to help them play against the 4-3. I guess you would have to teach your defense 4-3 schemes run against the offense.


So Was this during the Tomlin years or Cowher year's also.
i would love to know that as well. i guess this answers my question of why we usually play poor against a 4-3.
__________________
pete74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2010, 07:11 PM   #6
scsteeler
Team Captain
 
scsteeler's Avatar
 

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Rock Hill SC
Posts: 861
Member Number: 8491
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Wow! Never practiced vs. the 4-3

Well I hope we do well against the 4-3. I wonder if this is the beginning of the Steelers defense trying some type of Hybrid defense with the 4-3. LOL
scsteeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2010, 07:41 PM   #7
mikegrimey
Assistant Coach
 

Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,049
Member Number: 15679
Thanks: 1
Thanked 187 Times in 118 Posts
Default Re: Wow! Never practiced vs. the 4-3

No wonder every team that beat us in the 08 season (and raped the hell out of our oline) was a 4-3.


I still remember those Eagles and Giants came and how Ben could hardly drop back 3 steps before there'd be guys in his face.
mikegrimey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2010, 09:47 PM   #8
steeltheone
Living Legend
Supporter
 
steeltheone's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Harrisburg Pa.
Posts: 3,492
Gender: Male
Member Number: 6351
Thanks: 295
Thanked 391 Times in 234 Posts
Default Re: Wow! Never practiced vs. the 4-3

Wow even the PIAA high school football programs practice against the different schemes they will face. This seems very unprofessional?
__________________
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." - Vince Lombardi
steeltheone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2010, 11:16 PM   #9
Fire Arians
Anti-Spammer Mod
 
Fire Arians's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 11,080
Member Number: 16570
Thanks: 2,063
Thanked 8,009 Times in 3,351 Posts
My Mood: Yeehaw
Default Re: Wow! Never practiced vs. the 4-3

Arians doesn't need to practice against no stinkin' 4-3
Fire Arians is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2010, 01:57 AM   #10
LVSteelersfan
Living Legend
 
LVSteelersfan's Avatar
 

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 3,740
Gender: Male
Member Number: 6620
Thanks: 14
Thanked 530 Times in 375 Posts
My Mood: Yeehaw
Default Re: Wow! Never practiced vs. the 4-3

Arians needs to be fired now for not running against a 4-3 defense before games. Or is that the DC's problem? Or the HC? It is about time they did something smart like that.
__________________

COACH - Breakfast of Champions !!!
LVSteelersfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts