So, Aaron Smith was productive in his career long before Ziggy is going to be productive. At this point, if we stretch productivity to new limits and consider Hood productive right now it has taken him twice as long as Aaron Smith to be productive, which is about right, because Smith is/was twice the player that Hood is right now.
And, remember, I'm not sure we can call Hood productive right now, he may not be productive until next year.
Here's the truth about the Steelers and the run versus the Raiders ala PFF and BTSC:
In fact, according to them, Lawrence Timmons, LaMarr Woodley, Chris Carter, and Larry Foote all played reasonably well, against the run in particular.
They tracked the quintuplets as having 12 stops and having missed only one tackle.
Outside of a Darren McFadden 64-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, the Raiders only rushed for 55 yards on 20 carries - incidentally, only one more yard than the Steelers rushed for on the same amount of carries.
The big difference was McFadden's run, obviously, and while that can't be discounted in the grand scheme, the run defense was solid throughout the game.
The Mcfadden run was on the DL as much as the linebackers. Soo, maybe get some contacts?
What you see is holes, sometimes gaping, with maybe one guy running to the hole (i.e. not in position)... that's partly what makes people think our D is "old/slow". If he were exceling at his job, it would be tough to run on us. It was something I prided on watching our D. I haven't had that "pride" in a few years now TBH. (Looking back, it coincided with #91's demise.)
Timmons came in to the league listed as being 6'1" and 234 lbs. I think those days are long gone. I also think the days of Timmons having the burst to put up 5-7 sacks, let alone do it as a part time player, are also gone.
My comment about Timmons isn't specific to the Raiders game.
It's an opinion of his run defense throughout his entire career.
Like many here have previous stated, his best year was when he split time w/ Foote. Why do you think that is?
Is it because he had Farrior... a true 3-4 ILB playing next to him. Absolutely, that helped.
Let's not forget one simple fact. Foote played the majority of the time on 1st down. On 1st down, we are typically in our 3-4 base defense. 1st down is typically a "running down". It's not a big coincidence that Foote (the superior run defender) replaced Timmons on running downs in in our base 3-4 defense.
[/B]The Mcfadden run was on the DL as much as the linebackers. Soo, maybe get some contacts?[/QUOTE]
Also add "Mundane" Mundy to your list on that play...