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fordfixer
11-14-2010, 01:25 AM
Put up or shut up for Steelers CB McFadden
By John Harris, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, November 14, 2010
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 09249.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_709249.html)

Tonight's game against New England at Heinz Field is huge for Steelers cornerback Bryant McFadden. The pressure is rising, and McFadden's value is falling like Blockbuster stock.

There are indications, if you know where to look, that McFadden's status as the starting left corner is becoming more precarious each day. Local journalists aren't permitted to report what occurs at practice, but there were signs last week that a shakeup in the secondary could be forthcoming.

That's not why the Steelers re-acquired McFadden on draft day -- to bench him in the middle of the season. However, rival offensive coordinators are targeting McFadden at a high rate.

The NFL is a copycat league. When one team experiences success against a player or team, everyone piles on. That's what's occurring with McFadden, a six-year veteran and former second-round draft choice.

Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer targeted wide receiver Terrell Owens 14 times in the Steelers' 27-21 win Monday night. Owens responded with a game-high 10 receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Several of those catches were against McFadden, but no big deal. Owens is a future Hall of Famer with 151 career touchdown receptions. However, it was troubling how easy Owens made his 27-yard touchdown catch look against McFadden in the fourth quarter.

McFadden lined up at least 10 yards off the line of scrimmage, and Owens still beat him handily. Palmer made a great throw, and Owens ran a great route and make a great catch. McFadden made it too easy for Owens by not pressuring him in the 5-yard area where defensive backs are permitted to jam and re-route receivers.

A week earlier, New Orleans wide receiver Marques Colston blew past McFadden for a 16-yard touchdown reception. Again, McFadden failed to jam Colston at the line of scrimmage.

Following tonight's game against Wes Welker and the Patriots, the Steelers will face other elite receivers such as Anquan Boldin of the Baltimore Ravens, Santonio Holmes of the New York Jets and Owens a second time. It's now or never for McFadden.

papillon
11-14-2010, 07:45 AM
With whom do you replace Mcfadden if he fails? Gay? Butler? Lewis? Madison? I think not.

I think you have to try and protect Mcfadden as best you can, maybe play more cover-2 to his side, blitz him off the corner more, give him more underneath help or whatever else you can do to try and hide him as much as possible.

Pappy

Oviedo
11-14-2010, 10:04 AM
Again this shows how stupid Harris is. McFadden is playing LeBeau's scheme. He is not choosing to line up 10 yards off the LOS, he is being told to. If Harris knew anything he would also know that you can't "jam" a receiver beyond 5 yards.

The fact that this guy actually gets paid for this crap is a disgrace.

Steelhere10
11-14-2010, 11:34 AM
BM need to be benched, he straight out suck. The td and yards he is giving up while playing 10 yards off is unacceptable. Maybe Butler who knows but something nerd to be done.

Steelhere10
11-14-2010, 11:36 AM
BM need to be benched, he straight out suck. The td and yards he is giving up while playing 10 yards off is unacceptable. Maybe Butler who knows but something nerd to be done.

Steelhere10
11-14-2010, 12:17 PM
BM need to be benched, he straight out suck. The td and yards he is giving up while playing 10 yards off is unacceptable. Maybe Butler who knows but something nerd to be done.

ANPSTEEL
11-14-2010, 12:30 PM
The only corner on the roster that they let play press coverage is Ike.

BMac doesn't have the speed or athleticism to do so.

He is a marginal zone corner and needs the space off of the LOS to have a chance; not to mention a safety rolled over top.

Butler, imo, is the only guy on the bench that has the skills to potentially be a starting corner.

Lewis is McFadden v2.0.

stlrz d
11-14-2010, 01:34 PM
Again this shows how stupid Harris is. McFadden is playing LeBeau's scheme. He is not choosing to line up 10 yards off the LOS, he is being told to. If Harris knew anything he would also know that you can't "jam" a receiver beyond 5 yards.

The fact that this guy actually gets paid for this crap is a disgrace.

Yup. Harris is awful.

birtikidis
11-14-2010, 01:55 PM
Again this shows how stupid Harris is. McFadden is playing LeBeau's scheme. He is not choosing to line up 10 yards off the LOS, he is being told to. If Harris knew anything he would also know that you can't "jam" a receiver beyond 5 yards.

The fact that this guy actually gets paid for this crap is a disgrace.
Could you imagine how fired up crash would be if he DL actually let Bmac press? god his receiver would have 20 catches for 500 yards and 25 touchdowns.

fordfixer
11-14-2010, 08:58 PM
BM need to be benched, he straight out suck. The td and yards he is giving up while playing 10 yards off is unacceptable. Maybe Butler who knows but something nerd to be done.


How long have you been repeating your self like this? :lol: :lol:

Steelhere10
11-15-2010, 01:58 AM
BM need to be benched, he straight out suck. The td and yards he is giving up while playing 10 yards off is unacceptable. Maybe Butler who knows but something nerd to be done.


How long have you been repeating your self like this? :lol: :lol:Sorry i got pumped. :Blah

Djfan
11-15-2010, 02:01 AM
BM need to be benched, he straight out suck. The td and yards he is giving up while playing 10 yards off is unacceptable. Maybe Butler who knows but something nerd to be done.


How long have you been repeating your self like this? :lol: :lol:Sorry i got pumped. :Blah

I read it three times and still can't figure out what that last sentence means!

steelblood
11-15-2010, 01:39 PM
Again this shows how stupid Harris is. McFadden is playing LeBeau's scheme. He is not choosing to line up 10 yards off the LOS, he is being told to. If Harris knew anything he would also know that you can't "jam" a receiver beyond 5 yards.

The fact that this guy actually gets paid for this crap is a disgrace.

Yup. Harris is awful.

I third that!

steelblood
11-15-2010, 01:46 PM
With whom do you replace Mcfadden if he fails? Gay? Butler? Lewis? Madison? I think not.

I think you have to try and protect Mcfadden as best you can, maybe play more cover-2 to his side, blitz him off the corner more, give him more underneath help or whatever else you can do to try and hide him as much as possible.

Pappy

I think you start having McFadden split time with Butler. Most of the writers said Butler was the best man corner in camp (with the possible exception of Ike). When we want to go mostly man, go with Butler. When possible, get Butler some reps in zone. Hopefully, he'll develop and be ready come playoff time.

Dee Dub
11-15-2010, 01:47 PM
With whom do you replace Mcfadden if he fails?

Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling that's who. He is a perfect 3-4 CB.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VCHpKga3kk

steelblood
11-15-2010, 02:03 PM
With whom do you replace Mcfadden if he fails?

Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling that's who. He is a perfect 3-4 CB.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VCHpKga3kk

He really struggles with smaller, quicker receivers imho. His change of direction speed is average, I feel.

Dee Dub
11-15-2010, 02:20 PM
With whom do you replace Mcfadden if he fails?

Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling that's who. He is a perfect 3-4 CB.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VCHpKga3kk

He really struggles with smaller, quicker receivers imho. His change of direction speed is average, I feel.

I didnt say he was the best cover guy...but he fits perfectly into the 3-4 zone blitz. This guy can blitz, support the run defense, play bump and run, he's physical, and he will go after the ball at it's highest point. I think him being injured early on will enable him to be available in the lower part of the first round.

He too me is similar to Antonio Cromartie but he unlike Cromartie is a physical force.

williar
11-15-2010, 05:15 PM
Can we please find some corners who can cover receivers without spotting a 10 yard cushion, break up passes and intercept some balls. I'm tired of these quasi linebackers we draft for corners. We need some quick, athletic, ballhawking DB's. It's time to reinvent our defensive backfield/scheme. I think what we have now worse than the days of Washington and Charred Scott.

Dee Dub
11-15-2010, 05:25 PM
Can we please find some corners who can cover receivers without spotting a 10 yard cushion, break up passes and intercept some balls. I'm tired of these quasi linebackers we draft for corners. We need some quick, athletic, ballhawking DB's. It's time to reinvent our defensive backfield/scheme. I think what we have now worse than the days of Washington and Charred Scott.

See above...just watch the youtube link on Dowling and tell me he isnt the one.

SteelCzar76
11-16-2010, 01:34 AM
Can we please find some corners who can cover receivers without spotting a 10 yard cushion, break up passes and intercept some balls. I'm tired of these quasi linebackers we draft for corners. We need some quick, athletic, ballhawking DB's. It's time to reinvent our defensive backfield/scheme. I think what we have now worse than the days of Washington and Charred Scott.

See above...just watch the youtube link on Dowling and tell me he isnt the one.

While your playing Dub,..Dowling's stock is apparently dropping a bit as of now due to his inexplicable desire not to play with a knee injury that he can supposedly practice at full speed with. Perhaps there's a chance that even with him performing well at the combine he could still be on the board from 15-25 ? You might just get your wish.