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supersteeler
01-27-2013, 07:24 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/steelers-sunday-spotlight-the-d-line-672199/


As this article suggested, the Steelers might be better off by moving Hood to NT and have Mclendon play end. I always believed Mclendon would be better at end, by making that move maybe we'll see more pressure on the QB.
Hood is strong enough to play the Nose, they were thinking of him playing it last season before Hampton took a pay cut.
As we enter the 2013 season it might not be a bad idea to at least attempt to try this option, let Hood compete for that position and see if its viable.

Heyward has to step up as he will be the replacement for Keisel, he didn't play well enough to beat out Keisel but then again he's not on the field as much.

If the Steelers are actually considering making the switch, they may be thinking Ta'amu might have too many legal matters to contend with and release him. Fangupo would be the backup to either Hood or Mclendon@ NT, so we'll see, any improvenment to get pressure on the QB will be welcomed.

Steelerphile
01-27-2013, 07:47 AM
I like the idea. Hood seems to be a good fit for NT. He is big and strong enough to hold his ground there and that seems to be the basic job description. He has some ability to make plays on the QB or behind the line, but at end, he isn't going to be a high producer with sacks and pressures. They could then draft to Outside Linebacker or DE. People on the board keep saying how Heyward is so much better than Hood. As of yet I am not convinced of that. But next year may be the time to really see what Heyward is all about.

Oviedo
01-27-2013, 10:18 AM
The article also identifies why the problems exist and it isn't on the players. The most telling is

"Not if the Steelers are going to strip away the very physical tools that attracted them to Hood and Heyward in the first place and mold them into players whose primary job is to hold up at the point of attack"

This is the problem of a Def Coord who isn't using the player's strengths because he is fixated on a system that worked for him years ago. Let these guys play so they maximize their abilities and we will get to the QB much more often.

phillyesq
01-27-2013, 03:03 PM
I don't think Ziggy Hood has the anchor to play NT. There were a few games this year where opponents opened by running to the offensive right, and Ziggy was getting blown off the ball.

I would like to see McClendon get more opportunities at both NT and DE, but he had his own problems against the run.

NorthCoast
01-27-2013, 04:10 PM
I don't think Ziggy Hood has the anchor to play NT. There were a few games this year where opponents opened by running to the offensive right, and Ziggy was getting blown off the ball.

I would like to see McClendon get more opportunities at both NT and DE, but he had his own problems against the run.

I agree phillyesq. Plenty times Hood was pushed around on the line. The biggest problem is none of the DL command double teams. They are all easily blocked one-on-one by most other OL starters. What I wouldn't give for a Geno Atkins right now.......

SidSmythe
01-27-2013, 04:48 PM
I've seen Ziggy Hood spend a lot of time at the 2nd level and we are talking NT???

McClendon is a DE if you ask me.

NJ-STEELER
01-27-2013, 05:12 PM
maybe he's getting pushed back cause he being told to stand there and take on 2 guys. if he's told to attack,and penetrate the line as fast as he can, it might be a different story

Shoe
01-27-2013, 05:17 PM
The article also identifies why the problems exist and it isn't on the players. The most telling is

"Not if the Steelers are going to strip away the very physical tools that attracted them to Hood and Heyward in the first place and mold them into players whose primary job is to hold up at the point of attack"

This is the problem of a Def Coord who isn't using the player's strengths because he is fixated on a system that worked for him years ago. Let these guys play so they maximize their abilities and we will get to the QB much more often.

That's preposterous. Hood/Heyward's "strength" is to control gaps (i.e. 3-4 scheme). That's not to say that they wouldn't prefer a gap-shooting scheme that would free them up. That's not the point though. In such a scheme (I'm presuming), DL playing more freely means LBs who run around less freely (due to taking on more blockers). It's a trade-off.

Now... getting back to Hood/Heyward. Yes, they would make more plays that way. But they aren't suddenly going to turn into Warren Sapp/Chris Doleman because of such a switch. Hood/Heyward are limited players, which suits them to 3-4 schemes. It's not like DL's system is making "great" players subjegate themselves.

The fact that neither has done much to distinguish themselves is more a commentary on their talent than it is the scheme. They're both ham & eggers.

steelmann58
01-27-2013, 05:31 PM
mclendon does get a hugh push and i think Hood being one of the strongest steelers it might work .

phillyesq
01-27-2013, 05:32 PM
maybe he's getting pushed back cause he being told to stand there and take on 2 guys. if he's told to attack,and penetrate the line as fast as he can, it might be a different story

The article suggests moving him to NT. At NT, his role even more than at DE will be to fend off two blockers, something that he's shown himself to be ill-suited for.

phillyesq
01-27-2013, 05:33 PM
That's preposterous. Hood/Heyward's "strength" is to control gaps (i.e. 3-4 scheme). That's not to say that they wouldn't prefer a gap-shooting scheme that would free them up. That's not the point though. In such a scheme (I'm presuming), DL playing more freely means LBs who run around less freely (due to taking on more blockers). It's a trade-off.

Now... getting back to Hood/Heyward. Yes, they would make more plays that way. But they aren't suddenly going to turn into Warren Sapp/Chris Doleman because of such a switch. Hood/Heyward are limited players, which suits them to 3-4 schemes. It's not like DL's system is making "great" players subjegate themselves.

The fact that neither has done much to distinguish themselves is more a commentary on their talent than it is the scheme. They're both ham & eggers.

Very well said. I do think that Heyward has a bit more upside than Ziggy Hood, but ultimately, there is a reason that these guys were available where they were in the draft.

NJ-STEELER
01-27-2013, 05:41 PM
The article suggests moving him to NT. At NT, his role even more than at DE will be to fend off two blockers, something that he's shown himself to be ill-suited for.


in this system...yes

there are other systems where the NT plays a more attacking role (for example dallas, jay ratliff is 300 LBs)

Slapstick
01-27-2013, 08:05 PM
Playing on the inside is a great deal different than playing out on the edge in space...

A move inside benefitted Willie Colon when he was healthy...I think that the same move on the other side of the LoS could benefit Hood as well...

BradshawsHairdresser
01-27-2013, 10:13 PM
The article also identifies why the problems exist and it isn't on the players. The most telling is "Not if the Steelers are going to strip away the very physical tools that attracted them to Hood and Heyward in the first place and mold them into players whose primary job is to hold up at the point of attack" This is the problem of a Def Coord who isn't using the player's strengths because he is fixated on a system that worked for him years ago. Let these guys play so they maximize their abilities and we will get to the QB much more often. $$$$ One of my biggest beefs as well...too many times, we see this team try to force players to fit the system, rather than altering the system to fit the players we have....

phillyesq
01-27-2013, 11:23 PM
in this system...yes

there are other systems where the NT plays a more attacking role (for example dallas, jay ratliff is 300 LBs)

The original author's point was that Ziggy Hood would be better suited to play NT in the Steelers defense, not in another system.

Chadman
01-27-2013, 11:53 PM
We might be overthinking the DL situation, to be honest.

We've all identified many problems with the guys- Keisel's too old, Casey's finished, McLendon can't stop the run, Hood is a bust that can't hold the line, Heyward can't get on the field & makes no plays, Ta'amu is a nutcase & will go to jail...

Yet this group never really struggled against the run. No team ran so successfully on the Steelers that you could say they were dominated.

What they didn't do was get after the QB as well as in the past, and this made the job of the LB's harder.

But- instead of blaming a lack of talent on the DL for a second, what if the reason the Steelers got so few sacks was because:
1. The OLB's could never stay healthy, and therefore never played up to their ability.
2. Steve McLendon, who is universally thought of as a pass rushing NT on this board, wasn't on the field enough.
3. Cam Heyward, who is the prototype 3-4 DE & has a college career supporting the idea he is a good pass rusher, couldn't get on the field.
4. The CB's still gave up too many short yardage completions, not allowing the DL & LB's to get to the QB.

What if those 4 reasons combined were partly to blame for the pass rushing woes? And what if Woodley stays fit in 2013, McLendon starts at NT, Heyward gets more playing time, the CB's shorten up the field on WR's..

If those things happen, could it be that the Steelers are not in as bad a position as we make them out to be?

In Chadman's opinion, the Steelers could use another DL- probably a NT type. But as far as run-plugging NT's go, it could be a case of Ta'amu & Fangupo holding that role, while McLendon is used as a pocket collapser across the line, Hood & Heyward play as DE's with Keisel..

To Chadman, what is needed on the DL, is one guy that can be rotated in that has impact- be it against the run or the pass- a guy that demands double teams. Does he need to start? It'd be nice, but no, not really. In fact, there could be an argument made that the whole DL should be rotating to get the best mix of players for any 1 situation. Why not have a DL of Keisel, Hood & Heyward on passing situations, with Fangupo, McLendon & Ta'amu on obvious running downs? Or mixing & matching to suit?

The one guy in the draft Chadman likes is Purdue's Kawaan Short- he's big enough to be of use against the run, but he spends a lot of time in the backfield too. He's an on-field presence that needs to be accounted for.

supersteeler
01-28-2013, 06:37 AM
The following numbers indicate who is getting the most pressure on the opposing QB's. As you can see Keisel is the best of the group and beside pressures he had 4.5 sacks in 2012 which is pretty good considering our scheme.

Posted: 1/26/2013 7:45 AM

Steelers 2012 QB Pressures

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Compiled by coaches off game tape:

brett keisel 40 lawrence timmons 19

ziggy hood 17

james harrison 15

lamarr woodley 15

larry foote 11

casey hampton 9

jason worilds 8

steve mclendon 6

cam heyward 4

chris carter 2

troy polamalu 1

al woods 1

Even at his age Keisel is playing at a high level, I hope we keep him until someone can prove they are better.
For a D-lineman to get those kind of numbers that keisel has especially in our defense is damn good. I'm wondering how these numbers would look with Mclendon playing the opposite of Keisel.

We can debate whether Hood can play NT or Mclendon is better suited to play DE, but until they try it we won't really know. My position is they should try it, anything they can do to make our D-line better will benefit the defense.


Btw, Keisel was a 7th. rd. draft pick, we should be seeing more from Hood as he was a #1 pick. The jury is out on Heyward because Keisel plays so well Heyward can't see the field.

flippy
01-28-2013, 07:59 AM
The following numbers indicate who is getting the most pressure on the opposing QB's. As you can see Keisel is the best of the group and beside pressures he had 4.5 sacks in 2012 which is pretty good considering our scheme.

Posted: 1/26/2013 7:45 AM

Steelers 2012 QB Pressures

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Compiled by coaches off game tape:

brett keisel 40 lawrence timmons 19

ziggy hood 17

james harrison 15

lamarr woodley 15

larry foote 11

casey hampton 9

jason worilds 8

steve mclendon 6

cam heyward 4

chris carter 2

troy polamalu 1

al woods 1

Even at his age Keisel is playing at a high level, I hope we keep him until someone can prove they are better.
For a D-lineman to get those kind of numbers that keisel has especially in our defense is damn good. I'm wondering how these numbers would look with Mclendon playing the opposite of Keisel.

We can debate whether Hood can play NT or Mclendon is better suited to play DE, but until they try it we won't really know. My position is they should try it, anything they can do to make our D-line better will benefit the defense.


Btw, Keisel was a 7th. rd. draft pick, we should be seeing more from Hood as he was a #1 pick. The jury is out on Heyward because Keisel plays so well Heyward can't see the field.

Don't forget, Keisel is sammiched between Casey and Harrison. Casey's still the only guy that must be doubled and Harrison is the only guy besides Timmons that you must block when he's coming after your QB. It frees up Keisel a lot.

Not to take away anything from Keisel. I predicted he'd be the first 3-4 DE to get 10+ sacks a year when he became a starter. That never materialized, but he's gotten more QB pressure than anyone regularly and by a large margin.

Slapstick
01-28-2013, 10:01 AM
We might be overthinking the DL situation, to be honest...this group never really struggled against the run. No team ran so successfully on the Steelers that you could say they were dominated.


This. While there were times that teams started out a game running successfully on Ziggy's side of the line, they never finished the game that way...

Ziggy didn't come out of the game. The Steelers didn't overload that side with run support. So, what happened?

Ziggy will be fine. I think that putting him in the proverbial "phone booth" could be an even better use of his functional strength...limit the amount of space in which he is required to work...as previously mentioned, that was working well for Willie Colon when Willie was healthy...both Dwyer and Redman produced 100+ yard rushing efforts running between the tackles and behind Colon...

Colon had never played guard...before this year, he was always a tackle...

Ziggy, OTOH, played inside during his entire college career...

Oviedo
01-28-2013, 10:48 AM
The running game rearely beats you in the NFL today. The passing game is much more dangerous which is why you need to optimize your DL to attack the passer not stop runners.

phillyesq
01-28-2013, 11:44 AM
The running game rearely beats you in the NFL today. The passing game is much more dangerous which is why you need to optimize your DL to attack the passer not stop runners.

And yet both of the teams in the SB have strong running games. The death of the running game has been greatly exaggerated. With the exception of the Packers and Colts, every team in the playoffs this year had a strong running game.

If you cannot stop the run and have to bring extra guys into the box, you can get torched with the pass.

Shawn
01-28-2013, 12:02 PM
I don't think Ziggy Hood has the anchor to play NT. There were a few games this year where opponents opened by running to the offensive right, and Ziggy was getting blown off the ball.

I would like to see McClendon get more opportunities at both NT and DE, but he had his own problems against the run.

Agreed, it's fitting a square peg into a round hole. It's done to validate a flop of a first round pick.

Shawn
01-28-2013, 12:03 PM
mclendon does get a hugh push and i think Hood being one of the strongest steelers it might work .

Hood doesn't play strong...actually looked like he took a step back last year. He doesn't play with leverage...doesn't play big or strong.

Slapstick
01-28-2013, 12:31 PM
And yet both of the teams in the SB have strong running games. The death of the running game has been greatly exaggerated. With the exception of the Packers and Colts, every team in the playoffs this year had a strong running game.

If you cannot stop the run and have to bring extra guys into the box, you can get torched with the pass.

How did the 49ers beat the Packers again?

phillyesq
01-28-2013, 02:48 PM
How did the 49ers beat the Packers again?

You need to be able to throw the ball and play defense as well, but you cannot ignore the running game on either side of the ball.

Slapstick
01-28-2013, 03:51 PM
You need to be able to throw the ball and play defense as well, but you cannot ignore the running game on either side of the ball.

I was agreeing with you, philly!!

The Packers completely lost their contain responsibilities on Colin Kaepernick, allowing him to run for 160 yards and two rushing TDs...and, introducing the world to the "phenomenon" of "Kaepernicking"...

Steelerphile
01-29-2013, 06:08 AM
Statistically this was Hood's best season. People try to prop up Heyward a lot a put down Hood, but Heyward is not a special player, neither is Hood a bust. Hood is strong enough to play NT. I think they should at least give that option a good look.

supersteeler
01-29-2013, 09:33 AM
NT HOOD/ FANGUPO a possibility

DE KEISEL/ HEYWARD I don't think the Steelers would release their best D-lineman Keisel stays.


DE MCLENDON/ WOODS MCLENDON better suited to play DE, IMHO


Note:
The Steelers were considering moving HOOD last season to compete with Mclendon, then Hampton accepted a cut in pay so that shelved that idea then, but it could surface again.

Oviedo
01-29-2013, 10:21 AM
Moving Hood to NT will only work if we go to playing one-gap not two gap. Let Hood be aggressive and shoot the gaps and it will work. Just having him stand there and absorb blockers won't.

steelz09
01-29-2013, 10:42 AM
The running game rearely beats you in the NFL today. The passing game is much more dangerous which is why you need to optimize your DL to attack the passer not stop runners.

I tend to disagree. I know it's a "passing league" but on defense you can't neglect the rush defense in favor of the pass or the other way around. The same goes for the offensive side of the ball.

The easiest way to lose a game in the NFL is the inability to stop the run. If you can't, a team will just continue to run the ball right down your throat. In the process of doing that, they are controlling the time of possession and they are resting their defense.

steelz09
01-29-2013, 10:47 AM
I like the idea of keeping everyone where they currently are.

I would let Fangupo, Mclendon, and Ta'mu fight out the NT spot. I would rotate the other players.

Depending on the starting NT, I would also consider rotating Mclendon at DE and more frequently rotating Heyward in.

phillyesq
01-29-2013, 11:29 AM
I was agreeing with you, philly!!

The Packers completely lost their contain responsibilities on Colin Kaepernick, allowing him to run for 160 yards and two rushing TDs...and, introducing the world to the "phenomenon" of "Kaepernicking"...

This is what happens my I post too quickly :oops:

phillyesq
01-29-2013, 11:30 AM
Moving Hood to NT will only work if we go to playing one-gap not two gap. Let Hood be aggressive and shoot the gaps and it will work. Just having him stand there and absorb blockers won't.

Ziggy Hood is not the type of player that you rearrange your defense for.

Oviedo
01-29-2013, 01:14 PM
Ziggy Hood is not the type of player that you rearrange your defense for.


Other than Kiesel which of our D-Linemen has the two gap approach worked for? It doesn't seem like McLendon, Hood or Heyward who all represent the future have thrived in that system. You change to fit the talent not pound the talent into the system. We need more pressure on the QB and the one-gap is much better at that than two-gap.

phillyesq
01-29-2013, 01:24 PM
Other than Kiesel which of our D-Linemen has the two gap approach worked for? It doesn't seem like McLendon, Hood or Heyward who all represent the future have thrived in that system. You change to fit the talent not pound the talent into the system. We need more pressure on the QB and the one-gap is much better at that than two-gap.

The jury is still out on whether either system with work for Heyward. McClendon is likely more suited to a one-gap system, but so was Hoke, and he played fine for a decade in the Steelers current system.

The one-gap system may be better at allowing the defensive lineman to generate pressure, but the Steelers have led the league in sacks with the current system. The guys who are paid to be studs - the linebackers - need to win their one-on-one matchups.

Oviedo
01-29-2013, 02:53 PM
The jury is still out on whether either system with work for Heyward. McClendon is likely more suited to a one-gap system, but so was Hoke, and he played fine for a decade in the Steelers current system.

The one-gap system may be better at allowing the defensive lineman to generate pressure, but the Steelers have led the league in sacks with the current system. The guys who are paid to be studs - the linebackers - need to win their one-on-one matchups.

Our so-called "stud" LBs arer either over the hill (Harriosn) or always hurt or both. When you don't have those "studs" anymore it is incumbant to adjust to play to the strengths of what you do have not to try to force something that isn't working. That is LeBeau's failure.

I think three straight years of decreasing sack totals mught cause any rational person to consider making changes to fix a troubling trend. But not Coach Lebeau, it is his way or the highway and he won't consider anything might work that he didn't invent.

ikestops85
01-29-2013, 05:38 PM
Our so-called "stud" LBs arer either over the hill (Harriosn) or always hurt or both. When you don't have those "studs" anymore it is incumbant to adjust to play to the strengths of what you do have not to try to force something that isn't working. That is LeBeau's failure.

I think three straight years of decreasing sack totals mught cause any rational person to consider making changes to fix a troubling trend. But not Coach Lebeau, it is his way or the highway and he won't consider anything might work that he didn't invent.

I don't understand why you say LeBeau never adjusts and it's his way or the highway. His players are always quoted as saying he constantly makes changes to the defense in an effort to improve a weakness.

Snatch98
01-29-2013, 07:19 PM
I think with Hood at the nose he has the ability to be pretty solid. It's possible he was too concerned with trying to get to the QB at end where as at the nose he's going to be trying to get to the QB but he's also going to be able to use more of his brute strength in the middle because he's not going to be on the edge dealing with a more "agile" lineman. I also don't think this spells the end for Ta'amu. He's still very young and raw and is going to need time to develop, just as most defenders need in our "exotic" defensive scheme.

Chadman
01-29-2013, 09:51 PM
Still going to suggest that a DL rotation is possibly the best way to work- but different guys on for different roles. Doesn't make them any less valuable- but it makes the guys that didn't get much gametime (McLendon, Ta'amu, Heyward etc) probably more valuable, without adding excessive amounts of pressure on them. Chadman see's no problem with a DL of Fangupo, Ta'amu & McLendon to defend a team that is getting some momentum with the running game, or a DL of Keisel, Hood & Heyward if the opposition is becoming pass heavy.

If they could somehow add Kawaan Short in the draft...

Slapstick
01-31-2013, 10:12 AM
On BTSC, there was a decent write up about switching McClendon and Hood...

Basically, putting Hood in a phone booth instead of putting him on the edge allows him to use his strength without having to move around so much...creating a top to the pocket and not allowing the QB to step up...

On the other hand, putting McClendon on the edge allows him to move and penetrate, forcing the opponent to double team him and closing off running lanes...

It all sounds very reasonable, though written by someone who is not a professional coach...

phillyesq
01-31-2013, 11:38 AM
I don't understand why you say LeBeau never adjusts and it's his way or the highway. His players are always quoted as saying he constantly makes changes to the defense in an effort to improve a weakness.

Correct. A great example is that he has played more tight man coverage at times since he has had the DBs to allow him to do so.

supersteeler
01-31-2013, 01:12 PM
All I have to say is we are fortunate to have a DC in LeBeau, even with the problems with our front seven he was able to maintain a top tier defense. Also, Carnell Lake is doing a great job with our secondary.
The main issues we have is with our offense, and I'm not blaming Haley, its the players who have to step up.
In this league now, you must be able to score enough points something the Ravens were able to do, averaging 21 a game like we did won't cut it.

If we are able to aquire a feature back in the draft or FA, get a healthy O-line & healthy Ben, improved receiver output we can improve as an offense. We'll need another TE as well, but the bottom line if you struggle to score points most likely you won't be able to play in the post season.

ikestops85
01-31-2013, 06:08 PM
Still going to suggest that a DL rotation is possibly the best way to work- but different guys on for different roles. Doesn't make them any less valuable- but it makes the guys that didn't get much gametime (McLendon, Ta'amu, Heyward etc) probably more valuable, without adding excessive amounts of pressure on them. Chadman see's no problem with a DL of Fangupo, Ta'amu & McLendon to defend a team that is getting some momentum with the running game, or a DL of Keisel, Hood & Heyward if the opposition is becoming pass heavy.

If they could somehow add Kawaan Short in the draft...

I understand what you are saying about rotating the linemen but what happens if a team is gouging us with the run and we counter with a DL of Fangupo, Ta'amu & McLendon then the opposition goes to the hurry-up and we are stuck with those guys on the field trying to rush the passer? That happened to us many times this year with Hampton being caught on the field and it looked like we were playing a man down. Casey was constantly just trying to catch his breath.

Chadman
01-31-2013, 07:59 PM
I understand what you are saying about rotating the linemen but what happens if a team is gouging us with the run and we counter with a DL of Fangupo, Ta'amu & McLendon then the opposition goes to the hurry-up and we are stuck with those guys on the field trying to rush the passer? That happened to us many times this year with Hampton being caught on the field and it looked like we were playing a man down. Casey was constantly just trying to catch his breath.

Good point. But what if in the hurry up offense, a team uses the run 80% of the time, and the Steelers are not using a DL rotation. Say McLendon is starting at NT, and can't stop the run. Then what?

It's hard to defend a hurry up offense at any time- personell on the field will ALWAYS be an issue in that case.

supersteeler
02-08-2013, 09:57 AM
Given a choice which 3 Steelers would you prefer to start on our D-line?

1. Heyward & Hood DE's Mclendon NT / Ta'amu


2. Keisel & Mclendon DE's Ta'amu NT / fangupo


3. Hood & Keisel DE's Mclendon NT/fangupo

4. Heyward & Keisel DE'S Mclendon/Hood alternate at NT / Ta'amu fangupo


Just Curious.

Slapstick
02-08-2013, 10:12 AM
My opinion (for next year):

NT - Hood - Backups - Ta'amu, Fangupo

SDE - Heyward - Backup: Woods

WDE - Keisel - Backup: McClendon

I would also rotate a bit more liberally than has been traditional...

supersteeler
02-10-2013, 07:18 AM
My opinion (for next year):

NT - Hood - Backups - Ta'amu, Fangupo

SDE - Heyward - Backup: Woods

WDE - Keisel - Backup: McClendon

I would also rotate a bit more liberally than has been traditional...


JMO, but I think Ta'amu is probably the best suited to play NT, he was drafted for that purpose. I'm thinking the Steelers want to see if he can overcome his legal issues first, that's why they kept him.
Fangupo was added for insurance in case things didn't work out for Ta'amu and for depth as a backup.

If Ta'amu is successful in his legal matters, most likely they will have him compete with Mclendon for the starting position, however if he isn't enter Hood. They considered it before and might do it again asking Hood to switch to NT or compete for the position.


Hood is reported to be one of the strongest players on the roster, if he could only transfer that to the field, maybe @ NT would be a better fit. I'm not sure the Steelers consider Mclendon to be the next NT for years. IMO better suited for DE or backup to both positions.

I believe they did rotate Casey and mclendon this season, bringing Mclendon in on passing downs, they probably will rotate that position again this coming season regardless of who starts.
Getting our D-line squared away will be a big help maintaing a top ten defense even with the departure of some of out current players. Signing Lewis will be huge and getting a solid season from Worlids in replace of Harrison also be a big help.


Right now I'm more conserned with our offense, we need three positions filled, TE,RB, and receiver. We don't know how long it will take Heath to recover, as it is now Pauson would be our Starter at TE. We still need a TE to groom for Miller even if he comes back and for sure we have to hit it right on who we select at RB.

Slapstick
02-10-2013, 10:36 AM
McClendon only played about 8 snaps per game, on average...

Hood played hiss entire career inside until he came to the Steelers and became a 5 technique DE...the poorness of his play is dramatically overblown on this board...I think Hood can perform better in the proverbial "phone booth" instead of the edge...