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RuthlessBurgher
06-18-2009, 01:50 PM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_629989.html


Steelers' Tomlin addresses weighty issue
By John Harris, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, June 18, 2009

As Steelers coach Mike Tomlin delivered a not-so-subtle conditioning message to his players at the end of voluntary practices last week, one of his intended targets was nose tackle Casey Hampton, who is entering the final year of his contract.

Perhaps it was no coincidence that Tomlin also praised defensive lineman Ziggy Hood, the team's first-round pick.

At the start of training camp last year, Tomlin held Hampton out for the first week, when he failed to complete a conditioning run. When asked if Hampton is in better shape this year, Tomlin didn't exactly give Hampton a ringing endorsement.

"I'm always in a wait-and-see position (with Hampton)," Tomlin said.

When it came to Hood, a 4-3 defensive tackle at Missouri who is learning to play 3-4 defensive end, Tomlin had plenty of good things to say.

"The one thing that stands out about (Hood) is him running to the football," Tomlin said. "He covers a lot of ground for a big man. It's unique for his position.''

According to Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell, end is more difficult to learn than nose tackle.

Hood, though, has an advantage in that he is a natural one-gap defensive tackle, the type the coaching staff prefers (Hampton is a natural two-gap.).

One-gap nose tackles are counted on to attack and shoot the gap between the center and guard and make plays in the backfield. Two-gap nose tackles are expected to read and tie-up multiple offensive linemen, thereby allowing linebackers to make plays.

Perhaps Tomlin's comments regarding Hampton's conditioning is a signal that Hood could receive playing time at nose tackle early in his rookie year.

Also, the Steelers have veteran backup Chris Hoke, who started three games last season, when Hampton was injured, and rookie Ra'Shon Harris, a sixth-round pick out of Oregon.

For the moment, at least, Hood will play outside.

"I just know defensive end right now," Hood said. "That's what I'm working on. My goal is to focus on my job, not on anything else. If they move me to nose tackle, I'll have to pick up even more. With me playing end, I kind of know what the nose is doing.

"I've got great teachers, especially with Hoke and Big Hamp. With those guys teaching me, I'll be able to adjust to anything.

"I'll just have to be able to put more weight on, plus become a better player at that position if they decide to move me. Not to say I'm going to develop as much as Casey, but I'll probably be a little quicker. Maybe on passing downs, I can come in and aid them a little bit."

Like Tomlin, Mitchell addressed Hampton's conditioning issues after the Steelers drafted Hood in the first round.

"Casey, I think he was embarrassed when he came back (to training camp last summer) with the weight situation," Mitchell said.

If Tomlin doesn't think Hampton's conditioning is where it needs to be at camp, Mitchell sounded like he believes Hood - the first defensive lineman taken by the Steelers in the first round since Hampton in 2001 - can play defensive end and nose tackle.

"He is not going to have any problem learning our scheme because we ask our defensive ends to do a lot," Mitchell said. "It is easy to play nose tackle because we do a lot of things with them, but it is simple."

I don't understand why Harris would say "Hood, though, has an advantage in that he is a natural one-gap defensive tackle, the type the coaching staff prefers (Hampton is a natural two-gap.)."

Why in the world would he think that in our defensive scheme, our coaches would prefer d-lineman that attack and shoot the gap to make plays in the backfield instead of d-lineman that are able to read and tie-up multiple offensive linemen, thereby allowing linebackers to make plays. It doesn't make any sense.

SteelerNation1
06-18-2009, 01:55 PM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_629989.html


Steelers' Tomlin addresses weighty issue
By John Harris, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, June 18, 2009

As Steelers coach Mike Tomlin delivered a not-so-subtle conditioning message to his players at the end of voluntary practices last week, one of his intended targets was nose tackle Casey Hampton, who is entering the final year of his contract.

Perhaps it was no coincidence that Tomlin also praised defensive lineman Ziggy Hood, the team's first-round pick.

At the start of training camp last year, Tomlin held Hampton out for the first week, when he failed to complete a conditioning run. When asked if Hampton is in better shape this year, Tomlin didn't exactly give Hampton a ringing endorsement.

"I'm always in a wait-and-see position (with Hampton)," Tomlin said.

When it came to Hood, a 4-3 defensive tackle at Missouri who is learning to play 3-4 defensive end, Tomlin had plenty of good things to say.

"The one thing that stands out about (Hood) is him running to the football," Tomlin said. "He covers a lot of ground for a big man. It's unique for his position.''

According to Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell, end is more difficult to learn than nose tackle.

Hood, though, has an advantage in that he is a natural one-gap defensive tackle, the type the coaching staff prefers (Hampton is a natural two-gap.).

One-gap nose tackles are counted on to attack and shoot the gap between the center and guard and make plays in the backfield. Two-gap nose tackles are expected to read and tie-up multiple offensive linemen, thereby allowing linebackers to make plays.

Perhaps Tomlin's comments regarding Hampton's conditioning is a signal that Hood could receive playing time at nose tackle early in his rookie year.

Also, the Steelers have veteran backup Chris Hoke, who started three games last season, when Hampton was injured, and rookie Ra'Shon Harris, a sixth-round pick out of Oregon.

For the moment, at least, Hood will play outside.

"I just know defensive end right now," Hood said. "That's what I'm working on. My goal is to focus on my job, not on anything else. If they move me to nose tackle, I'll have to pick up even more. With me playing end, I kind of know what the nose is doing.

"I've got great teachers, especially with Hoke and Big Hamp. With those guys teaching me, I'll be able to adjust to anything.

"I'll just have to be able to put more weight on, plus become a better player at that position if they decide to move me. Not to say I'm going to develop as much as Casey, but I'll probably be a little quicker. Maybe on passing downs, I can come in and aid them a little bit."

Like Tomlin, Mitchell addressed Hampton's conditioning issues after the Steelers drafted Hood in the first round.

"Casey, I think he was embarrassed when he came back (to training camp last summer) with the weight situation," Mitchell said.

If Tomlin doesn't think Hampton's conditioning is where it needs to be at camp, Mitchell sounded like he believes Hood - the first defensive lineman taken by the Steelers in the first round since Hampton in 2001 - can play defensive end and nose tackle.

"He is not going to have any problem learning our scheme because we ask our defensive ends to do a lot," Mitchell said. "It is easy to play nose tackle because we do a lot of things with them, but it is simple."

I don't understand why Harris would say "Hood, though, has an advantage in that he is a natural one-gap defensive tackle, the type the coaching staff prefers (Hampton is a natural two-gap.)."

Why in the world would he think that in our defensive scheme, our coaches would prefer d-lineman that attack and shoot the gap to make plays in the backfield instead of d-lineman that are able to read and tie-up multiple offensive linemen, thereby allowing linebackers to make plays. It doesn't make any sense.
Yeah, seems like Harris is trying to create a story where there isn't one. Either way, this will most certainly be Hamp's last yr in the Burgh.

Jigawatts
06-18-2009, 02:31 PM
All you have to do to motivate Hampton is make him angry. Was it against the pats*
last season that he was penalized for some kind of phantom holding call then on the
next play he shot out of a cannon and tried to destroy the quarterback?

Oracle
06-18-2009, 03:18 PM
i have to admit, the hood pick still confuses me a little bit. i think he's a solid athlete but i just don't see him as dominate DE or NT in a 3-4 even if he gains weight. maybe there's a change of scheme in the steelers future and in 2-3 years the pick will look genius. i'm just going to reserve judgement for now because i'm certain lebeau/tomlin/colbert had a LENGTHY conversation about this and they must have some plan.

stlrz d
06-18-2009, 08:59 PM
All you have to do to motivate Hampton is make him angry. Was it against the pats*
last season that he was penalized for some kind of phantom holding call then on the
next play he shot out of a cannon and tried to destroy the quarterback?

Actually it was 2 plays later...but yes, it was Cassel who felt his wrath. Tomlin's comment was that they need to make him angry more often. :D

RuthlessBurgher
06-18-2009, 09:19 PM
All you have to do to motivate Hampton is make him angry. Was it against the pats*
last season that he was penalized for some kind of phantom holding call then on the
next play he shot out of a cannon and tried to destroy the quarterback?

Actually it was 2 plays later...but yes, it was Cassel who felt his wrath. Tomlin's comment was that they need to make him angry more often. :D

I think that was the real reason behind Tomlin forcing him on a diet during training camp. He wanted to make him mad. Nothing makes Hampton angrier than taking away his Twinkies. Losing the weight was just a side effect to the desired effect of pure anger.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
06-19-2009, 09:00 AM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_629989.html


Steelers' Tomlin addresses weighty issue
By John Harris, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, June 18, 2009

As Steelers coach Mike Tomlin delivered a not-so-subtle conditioning message to his players at the end of voluntary practices last week, one of his intended targets was nose tackle Casey Hampton, who is entering the final year of his contract.

Perhaps it was no coincidence that Tomlin also praised defensive lineman Ziggy Hood, the team's first-round pick.

At the start of training camp last year, Tomlin held Hampton out for the first week, when he failed to complete a conditioning run. When asked if Hampton is in better shape this year, Tomlin didn't exactly give Hampton a ringing endorsement.

"I'm always in a wait-and-see position (with Hampton)," Tomlin said.

When it came to Hood, a 4-3 defensive tackle at Missouri who is learning to play 3-4 defensive end, Tomlin had plenty of good things to say.

"The one thing that stands out about (Hood) is him running to the football," Tomlin said. "He covers a lot of ground for a big man. It's unique for his position.''

According to Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell, end is more difficult to learn than nose tackle.

Hood, though, has an advantage in that he is a natural one-gap defensive tackle, the type the coaching staff prefers (Hampton is a natural two-gap.).

One-gap nose tackles are counted on to attack and shoot the gap between the center and guard and make plays in the backfield. Two-gap nose tackles are expected to read and tie-up multiple offensive linemen, thereby allowing linebackers to make plays.

Perhaps Tomlin's comments regarding Hampton's conditioning is a signal that Hood could receive playing time at nose tackle early in his rookie year.

Also, the Steelers have veteran backup Chris Hoke, who started three games last season, when Hampton was injured, and rookie Ra'Shon Harris, a sixth-round pick out of Oregon.

For the moment, at least, Hood will play outside.

"I just know defensive end right now," Hood said. "That's what I'm working on. My goal is to focus on my job, not on anything else. If they move me to nose tackle, I'll have to pick up even more. With me playing end, I kind of know what the nose is doing.

"I've got great teachers, especially with Hoke and Big Hamp. With those guys teaching me, I'll be able to adjust to anything.

"I'll just have to be able to put more weight on, plus become a better player at that position if they decide to move me. Not to say I'm going to develop as much as Casey, but I'll probably be a little quicker. Maybe on passing downs, I can come in and aid them a little bit."

Like Tomlin, Mitchell addressed Hampton's conditioning issues after the Steelers drafted Hood in the first round.

"Casey, I think he was embarrassed when he came back (to training camp last summer) with the weight situation," Mitchell said.

If Tomlin doesn't think Hampton's conditioning is where it needs to be at camp, Mitchell sounded like he believes Hood - the first defensive lineman taken by the Steelers in the first round since Hampton in 2001 - can play defensive end and nose tackle.

"He is not going to have any problem learning our scheme because we ask our defensive ends to do a lot," Mitchell said. "It is easy to play nose tackle because we do a lot of things with them, but it is simple."

I don't understand why Harris would say "Hood, though, has an advantage in that he is a natural one-gap defensive tackle, the type the coaching staff prefers (Hampton is a natural two-gap.)."

Why in the world would he think that in our defensive scheme, our coaches would prefer d-lineman that attack and shoot the gap to make plays in the backfield instead of d-lineman that are able to read and tie-up multiple offensive linemen, thereby allowing linebackers to make plays. It doesn't make any sense.
Yeah, seems like Harris is trying to create a story where there isn't one. Either way, this will most certainly be Hamp's last yr in the Burgh.

Yup, thats what I read here. Coach didn't get on his hands and knees and praise the ground Casey walks on and it means that he is out of shape. Compliments to Hood must be veiled shots at Hamp.

He suggests that Hood could move to NT because fat Casey is too fat. Ziggy says that he has only played outside. He talks about both Tomlin and Mitchell "addressing" the Hampton situation. That simply means that they answered questions that were asked to them. Interesting school of journalism.

Whats next?

Mitchell: "Coach Tomlin, is it true that you are plotting a coup to overthrow the government?"

Coach: "Of course not!!!"

Tomorrows headline: "Coach Tomlin addresses military coup conspiracy"

steelernation77
06-19-2009, 11:02 AM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_629989.html


Steelers' Tomlin addresses weighty issue
By John Harris, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, June 18, 2009

As Steelers coach Mike Tomlin delivered a not-so-subtle conditioning message to his players at the end of voluntary practices last week, one of his intended targets was nose tackle Casey Hampton, who is entering the final year of his contract.

Perhaps it was no coincidence that Tomlin also praised defensive lineman Ziggy Hood, the team's first-round pick.

At the start of training camp last year, Tomlin held Hampton out for the first week, when he failed to complete a conditioning run. When asked if Hampton is in better shape this year, Tomlin didn't exactly give Hampton a ringing endorsement.

"I'm always in a wait-and-see position (with Hampton)," Tomlin said.

When it came to Hood, a 4-3 defensive tackle at Missouri who is learning to play 3-4 defensive end, Tomlin had plenty of good things to say.

"The one thing that stands out about (Hood) is him running to the football," Tomlin said. "He covers a lot of ground for a big man. It's unique for his position.''

According to Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell, end is more difficult to learn than nose tackle.

Hood, though, has an advantage in that he is a natural one-gap defensive tackle, the type the coaching staff prefers (Hampton is a natural two-gap.).

One-gap nose tackles are counted on to attack and shoot the gap between the center and guard and make plays in the backfield. Two-gap nose tackles are expected to read and tie-up multiple offensive linemen, thereby allowing linebackers to make plays.

Perhaps Tomlin's comments regarding Hampton's conditioning is a signal that Hood could receive playing time at nose tackle early in his rookie year.

Also, the Steelers have veteran backup Chris Hoke, who started three games last season, when Hampton was injured, and rookie Ra'Shon Harris, a sixth-round pick out of Oregon.

For the moment, at least, Hood will play outside.

"I just know defensive end right now," Hood said. "That's what I'm working on. My goal is to focus on my job, not on anything else. If they move me to nose tackle, I'll have to pick up even more. With me playing end, I kind of know what the nose is doing.

"I've got great teachers, especially with Hoke and Big Hamp. With those guys teaching me, I'll be able to adjust to anything.

"I'll just have to be able to put more weight on, plus become a better player at that position if they decide to move me. Not to say I'm going to develop as much as Casey, but I'll probably be a little quicker. Maybe on passing downs, I can come in and aid them a little bit."

Like Tomlin, Mitchell addressed Hampton's conditioning issues after the Steelers drafted Hood in the first round.

"Casey, I think he was embarrassed when he came back (to training camp last summer) with the weight situation," Mitchell said.

If Tomlin doesn't think Hampton's conditioning is where it needs to be at camp, Mitchell sounded like he believes Hood - the first defensive lineman taken by the Steelers in the first round since Hampton in 2001 - can play defensive end and nose tackle.

"He is not going to have any problem learning our scheme because we ask our defensive ends to do a lot," Mitchell said. "It is easy to play nose tackle because we do a lot of things with them, but it is simple."

I don't understand why Harris would say "Hood, though, has an advantage in that he is a natural one-gap defensive tackle, the type the coaching staff prefers (Hampton is a natural two-gap.)."

Why in the world would he think that in our defensive scheme, our coaches would prefer d-lineman that attack and shoot the gap to make plays in the backfield instead of d-lineman that are able to read and tie-up multiple offensive linemen, thereby allowing linebackers to make plays. It doesn't make any sense.
Yeah, seems like Harris is trying to create a story where there isn't one. Either way, this will most certainly be Hamp's last yr in the Burgh.

Yup, thats what I read here. Coach didn't get on his hands and knees and praise the ground Casey walks on and it means that he is out of shape. Compliments to Hood must be veiled shots at Hamp.

He suggests that Hood could move to NT because fat Casey is too fat. Ziggy says that he has only played outside. He talks about both Tomlin and Mitchell "addressing" the Hampton situation. That simply means that they answered questions that were asked to them. Interesting school of journalism.

Whats next?

Mitchell: "Coach Tomlin, is it true that you are plotting a coup to overthrow the government?"

Coach: "Of course not!!!"

Tomorrows headline: "Coach Tomlin addresses military coup conspiracy"

I'm glad that everyone read this like I did. Why would we every switch to a one-gap 3-4? That's what the Cowboys run and our defense is way better against the run. Harris is just inferring way too much. Who says the staff prefers one-gap linemen? John Mitchell has been the d-line coach for years and Hampton has started for years. Terrible writing by Harris.

papillon
06-19-2009, 11:28 AM
i have to admit, the hood pick still confuses me a little bit. i think he's a solid athlete but i just don't see him as dominate DE or NT in a 3-4 even if he gains weight. maybe there's a change of scheme in the steelers future and in 2-3 years the pick will look genius. i'm just going to reserve judgement for now because i'm certain lebeau/tomlin/colbert had a LENGTHY conversation about this and they must have some plan.

We all assume he was going to be a DE to replace Smith or Kiesel in the 3-4 and early on a pass rushing DT when the Steelers play a little 4-3 in certain situations. I don't believe the Steelers have their goal for Hood as a NT in the 3-4. As many have mentioned as well, Lebeau won't be here forever and when he does retire that may signal a switch to the 4-3 as the base defense :stirpot and move Hood inside at that time.

Pappy

MaxAMillion
06-19-2009, 09:03 PM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_629989.html


Steelers' Tomlin addresses weighty issue
By John Harris, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, June 18, 2009

As Steelers coach Mike Tomlin delivered a not-so-subtle conditioning message to his players at the end of voluntary practices last week, one of his intended targets was nose tackle Casey Hampton, who is entering the final year of his contract.

Perhaps it was no coincidence that Tomlin also praised defensive lineman Ziggy Hood, the team's first-round pick.

At the start of training camp last year, Tomlin held Hampton out for the first week, when he failed to complete a conditioning run. When asked if Hampton is in better shape this year, Tomlin didn't exactly give Hampton a ringing endorsement.

"I'm always in a wait-and-see position (with Hampton)," Tomlin said.

When it came to Hood, a 4-3 defensive tackle at Missouri who is learning to play 3-4 defensive end, Tomlin had plenty of good things to say.

"The one thing that stands out about (Hood) is him running to the football," Tomlin said. "He covers a lot of ground for a big man. It's unique for his position.''

According to Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell, end is more difficult to learn than nose tackle.

Hood, though, has an advantage in that he is a natural one-gap defensive tackle, the type the coaching staff prefers (Hampton is a natural two-gap.).

One-gap nose tackles are counted on to attack and shoot the gap between the center and guard and make plays in the backfield. Two-gap nose tackles are expected to read and tie-up multiple offensive linemen, thereby allowing linebackers to make plays.

Perhaps Tomlin's comments regarding Hampton's conditioning is a signal that Hood could receive playing time at nose tackle early in his rookie year.

Also, the Steelers have veteran backup Chris Hoke, who started three games last season, when Hampton was injured, and rookie Ra'Shon Harris, a sixth-round pick out of Oregon.

For the moment, at least, Hood will play outside.

"I just know defensive end right now," Hood said. "That's what I'm working on. My goal is to focus on my job, not on anything else. If they move me to nose tackle, I'll have to pick up even more. With me playing end, I kind of know what the nose is doing.

"I've got great teachers, especially with Hoke and Big Hamp. With those guys teaching me, I'll be able to adjust to anything.

"I'll just have to be able to put more weight on, plus become a better player at that position if they decide to move me. Not to say I'm going to develop as much as Casey, but I'll probably be a little quicker. Maybe on passing downs, I can come in and aid them a little bit."

Like Tomlin, Mitchell addressed Hampton's conditioning issues after the Steelers drafted Hood in the first round.

"Casey, I think he was embarrassed when he came back (to training camp last summer) with the weight situation," Mitchell said.

If Tomlin doesn't think Hampton's conditioning is where it needs to be at camp, Mitchell sounded like he believes Hood - the first defensive lineman taken by the Steelers in the first round since Hampton in 2001 - can play defensive end and nose tackle.

"He is not going to have any problem learning our scheme because we ask our defensive ends to do a lot," Mitchell said. "It is easy to play nose tackle because we do a lot of things with them, but it is simple."

I don't understand why Harris would say "Hood, though, has an advantage in that he is a natural one-gap defensive tackle, the type the coaching staff prefers (Hampton is a natural two-gap.)."

Why in the world would he think that in our defensive scheme, our coaches would prefer d-lineman that attack and shoot the gap to make plays in the backfield instead of d-lineman that are able to read and tie-up multiple offensive linemen, thereby allowing linebackers to make plays. It doesn't make any sense.
Yeah, seems like Harris is trying to create a story where there isn't one. Either way, this will most certainly be Hamp's last yr in the Burgh.

Yup, thats what I read here. Coach didn't get on his hands and knees and praise the ground Casey walks on and it means that he is out of shape. Compliments to Hood must be veiled shots at Hamp.

He suggests that Hood could move to NT because fat Casey is too fat. Ziggy says that he has only played outside. He talks about both Tomlin and Mitchell "addressing" the Hampton situation. That simply means that they answered questions that were asked to them. Interesting school of journalism.

Whats next?

Mitchell: "Coach Tomlin, is it true that you are plotting a coup to overthrow the government?"

Coach: "Of course not!!!"

Tomorrows headline: "Coach Tomlin addresses military coup conspiracy"

I'm glad that everyone read this like I did. Why would we every switch to a one-gap 3-4? That's what the Cowboys run and our defense is way better against the run. Harris is just inferring way too much. Who says the staff prefers one-gap linemen? John Mitchell has been the d-line coach for years and Hampton has started for years. Terrible writing by Harris.

The greatest Steeler (NFL) defense of all time was a 4-3 defense. You can win championships with either defense if you have great players.