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Old 03-25-2011, 08:38 AM   #1
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Default Steelers 4-3 defense

What are the chances the steelers change to the 4-3 defense next year. Lebeau is going to retire. Hampton is getting old. Farrior is too. Why not change over. Tomlin was a 4-3 guy before he came to pittsburgh. I can just see this coming. Let me know what you think.
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:54 AM   #2
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They would have to change some personnel pretty quickly. If they were going to do that, I'm not sure they would have franchised Woodley. Timmons would probably fit better outside in a 3-4. We would need to replace Hampton which we are going to do anyway in the next 2 years. If we do this, we would be lucky to be .500 for the 2 years following the change.
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Not going to happen. The Steelers will run the 3-4 even after Lebeau retires.
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I'm sure the 4-3 won't come around Pittsburgh for at least 5 years or so. But you never know what the future holds.
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I can't see any reason why they would change, unless they think it would help their pass defense (which is the only thing that really needs fixing on the D). Has Tomlin indicated he wanted to switch over to the 4-3?
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Not bad, at least we made it until March this year before the first "Steelers switching to 4-3?" thread was started.....
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Default Re: Steelers 4-3 defense

Next year? No chance in hell.

I could see it happening sometime in the near future (like 5 years maybe) if other teams keep switching to the 3-4 and figuring out how to beat it.

I don't think we'll attempt any type of switch until Hampton, Kesiel, Smith, and Harrison are all gone though. Maybe then we could make Hood a DT and Woodley a DE or something. But it would require some major personnel changes and right now in the immediate future would just be too complicated for whatever benefits it would pay off. Not to mention the staples we would have then (Hood, Woodley, maybe Worilds and somebody we draft this year) might not be anywhere NEAR as effective in a 4-3 scheme at the NFL level.

I actually like the 3-4 better anyway though
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i would like to switch back to the 4-3 in a few years. it was nice running the 3-4 when only a few other teams were but now that everyone seems to be switching to it i wouldnt mind going back to the 4-3 in a few years. Hampton, Kesiel, Smith, Troy, Harrison and Farrior will all be gone by then anyway
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