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Old 01-18-2012, 01:29 PM   #1
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Default Ziggy Hood Moving to Nose Tackle?

In Ed Bouchette’s Steelers Chat the question was brought up and Ed seemed to think it was a possibility. It was later asked how much weight Ziggy would have to gain if he moved to Nose Tackle. Ed projected around 10 lbs. That would bring Ziggy to around the 310-315 lb range. He could easily do it. Ziggy has the frame for the position.

Ziggy could do well at the nose. He has shown since he has been with the Steelers that he is a better run stuffer than advertised. He is taking on double teams right now at Defensive End. It would be the same thing at the nose.

Even with the addition of 1o pounds having Hood play the nose would still be a positive for the Steelers. Hood will still be a 3 down player who can stop the pass and the run. He will not have to come off the field each time it is a passing situation. That would be a big lift against teams like New England. We could keep most of our base defense on the field and still stop the pass.

Hood’s play has improved drastically over the last two years. It can be seen more in his teammates than himself. Hood’s stats may not show what he is doing but LaMarr Woodley’s do. Woodley started his tear of double digit sack games as Hood entered the lineup. Teams had to use more players to block Hood giving Woodley the ability to go one-on-one on the edge. Ziggy is one of the better hand fighters I have seen in a long time. Blockers do not get to his body causing others to have to come and help out. That creates lanes for linebackers and safeties to make plays.

Another twist to this is that Steelers Rookie Defensive End Cameron Heyward would be pushed into starting duty at Left Defensive End. The Steelers just made themselves younger without even making a real move. It will be something that will take all offseason to work on but I like the sounds of what I am hearing. It could work really well
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Default Re: Ziggy Hood Moving to Nose Tackle?

Hmmmm...i like that Idea, Kiesel-Hood-Heyward
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Default Re: Ziggy Hood Moving to Nose Tackle?

yea it sounds good. Hood is more athletic then Hampton and i remember last season Smith called Hood the strongest player on the team so he could do really well. i definatly want Heyward starting next season and this is the way to get our best 3 lineman on the field together
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Sounds like an interesting idea to me. Keisel's still playing at a high level and I think we have something real special in Cam so this idea could work.
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Default Re: Ziggy Hood Moving to Nose Tackle?

I've mentioned this a while back. It would get Heyward on the field. Good move imo.
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Default Re: Ziggy Hood Moving to Nose Tackle?

That would be a mammoth of a line, Heyward and Hood are rising starts and are basically DT. Our rush defense will be amazing for years to come with that huge. It is weird saying this, but we do need to draft a DE to be Keisel's replacement as well. Hood has the natural DT ability because he did play DT and Mizzou as well. Would be a great strategic move on the Steelers part to go with this DL
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Default Re: Ziggy Hood Moving to Nose Tackle?

I think it would be a decent move, I think Hood is more athletic so I believe he would be able to evade those chop blocks that the Ravens killed us with.
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this offseason is going to be an interesting one. I think any of our DE players are big enough to play nose. well hood and heyward at least. mclendon is still serviceable as a backup. does that mean we draft another DE instead of NT? keisel has been great but he's getting up there in age.
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anyone been watching memphis this year? there's a lot of talk saying that we're likely going to draft dontari poe in rd. 1. dude's listed at 350 lbs, that's crazy. i haven't seen him play though.
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anyone been watching memphis this year? there's a lot of talk saying that we're likely going to draft dontari poe in rd. 1. dude's listed at 350 lbs, that's crazy. i haven't seen him play though.
I've seen youtube video's on him, he's a hoss. He puts up great number in the weight room, not that lifting means a great football player.
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