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Old 01-07-2013, 02:04 PM   #51
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If they don't play him he can't prove it. Nobody would of known Lewis was as good as he was until he got a chance to play. I remember seeing a lot of posts were people said Lewis was a bust and we needed to drop him before he got his shot this season.
As for Worlds, from his limited playing time I think he needs to start next season as well.
Those guys get a chance to prove it every day in Training Camp and Preseason.

The posts from fans here saying that Lewis is a bust, is because they dont watch preseason games and see the guy is around every ball, but lots of times was a hair late on breaking up passes, because of minor technique.

Fans label a guy a bust because he hasnt made the starting lineup in his 2nd season and isnt an impact guy. Most dont see what a guy is doing right and improving.....they only see he isnt a starter.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:03 AM   #52
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i would like to know where our ( no. 1 D) ranked on third down this past year.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:10 AM   #53
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Seems to me we sucked big time on third down this year. Maybe, just maybe, our so-called No. 1 defense isn't as good as the paper it's written on!! I know I couldn't stand to watch third and long situations all year long. Let's not kid ourselves here. There's something not right going on with this team defensively, and it's not good. Needs to be fixed even if it hurts some feelings.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:35 AM   #54
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Steelers were 5th in the league on stopping 3rd downs- opponents converted just35.4% of third downs.

Steelers fans have had a top 10 defense for 13 years so we forgot what it looks like to struggle on D.

Steelers were near the bottom in interceptions but were 17th in sacks and 18th in recovered fumbles.

Funny how being 17th and 18th is a calamity for the defense one year; but being ranked 17th would actually be decent for the offense and is acceptable year after year.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:27 AM   #55
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If the Steelers decided to with a 4-3 it would probably look like this...

DE - Heyward
DT - Mclendon
DT - Hood
DE - Woodley
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Steelers were 5th in the league on stopping 3rd downs- opponents converted just35.4% of third downs.

Steelers fans have had a top 10 defense for 13 years so we forgot what it looks like to struggle on D.

Steelers were near the bottom in interceptions but were 17th in sacks and 18th in recovered fumbles.

Funny how being 17th and 18th is a calamity for the defense one year; but being ranked 17th would actually be decent for the offense and is acceptable year after year.
This is exactly what ticks me off about some of the folks on this forum. The defense could be pitching a shutout, give the ball to the offense inside the opponent territory 2 or 3 times, but give up 30 yards on a late drive and the Steelers lose 3-0, and people on here would be calling for the defense to be broken up and for LeBeau's head.
That all being said, I think it's time to change some of the faces of the defense, get younger, and give some of these young guys a chance. Seemed to work out prety well in the secondary before all the injuries towards the end of the year, perhaps Heyward will be the stud we need since A.Smith left.
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That all being said, I think it's time to change some of the faces of the defense, get younger, and give some of these young guys a chance. Seemed to work out prety well in the secondary before all the injuries towards the end of the year, perhaps Heyward will be the stud we need since A.Smith left.
Definitely agree with you. Heyward is going to be the leader on defense I think.

Hood is holding down the LE better than people think.

Sylvester is heading into his 4th year I would like him to be given a shot if he earns it in camp.
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LE - Heyward
DT- Hampton/Ta'amu/Hood
DT- McClendon
RE- Keisel

There, shut up. Many teams would die for our D-Line.
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LE - Heyward
DT- Hampton/Ta'amu/Hood
DT- McClendon
RE- Keisel

There, shut up. Many teams would die for our D-Line.
I don't think too many teams would have Hampton and Keisel as starters.
They're run their course......time to move on to younger legs with stronger motors.
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LE - Heyward
DT- Hampton/Ta'amu/Hood
DT- McClendon
RE- Keisel

There, shut up. Many teams would die for our D-Line.
So we are switching to a 4-3???
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