I think what you may have here is one player is a gamer at practice/working out (Hood) and one player is a gamer during actual games (Heyward).Quote:
Make the Switch
With Ziggy Hood a continual disappointment as a starter for the Steelers along their defensive line, he left this game injured after just a dozen snaps, opening the door for Cameron Heyward to show what he could do. Hood had actually made a couple of plays in the run game before he went out, but they both came from being blocked to the ground around the point of attack and simply clogging up the intended running lane. It was certainly an interesting tactic, and given his play in the past, might be his best bet to make an impact.
Heyward showed after he came in that it simply is not the scheme that is holding Hood back, because in the same position and role he made far more of a presence of himself.
Heyward made five tackles, which is more than half of the total that Hood has for the entire season and the story is the same when it comes to pass-rushing, with a hit and two hurries exactly half of the total pressure Hood has at this point in the year. Pittsburgh has just been given the tape that justifies a switch at the position. Letís see if they notice. Make the Switch!
Steelers should give Heyward a chance to produce.
On ESPN. to date they have Hood:
10 solo tackles, 7 asst, 17 total, 1 sack zero yards, 1 tackle for loss and 2 passes defensed.
Heyward they list:
8 solo tackles, 3 asst, 11 total, 1 sack 3 yards, 0 tackles for loss and 0 passes defensed.
These other sites don't give Heyward that much production. That is not the only game Heyward has played in. He plays every game.
I don't think they can afford to sit Hood down and just play Heyward because they have three DEs, Hood, Heyward and Keisel who all need to play and rotate.
According to Footballoutsiders (http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/snapcounts) Hood has 523 snaps played to Heywards 259 (This includes the Baltimore game where he played almost all the snaps).
How is that not setting himself apart?
By the way, PFF is very respected, I tend to trust their film breakdown for the most part.
The game where Hood stood out the most to me was KC when they were running right at him. Their RB and line were going sideways to stretch out the Steelers and then their RB was cutting back as soon as their was a lane.
As a result, Hood was in a position of going backward and sideways with the play trying to ride it out and let the LBs make a play. And the LBs weren't doing their part either. The difference between last week and this week was the LBs. Harrison was going hard on the backside pursuit. And Woodley was holding the edge forcing the cut back faster and when you add that with the more aggressive pursuit from Silverback, Rice didn't have any lane/room to cut back.
The whole front 7 played about their best game of the season against Baltimore. And I think Hood was holding his end of the bargain. Again, no 3rd down conversions happened while Hood was on the field.
I think Heyward looks a lot more promising. And I think the 2 will be fine together in time. However we slice it, I'd love to see more rotation. Keisel was a good pass rusher when he came in on 3rd downs for Kimo back in the day. I wouldn't mind seeing that again and maybe letting Heyward take Keisel's spot sooner than later.
HOOD has seen the field 3 times as much as HEYWARD w/ another year of experience in front of him.
Maybe starting HEYWARD over HOOD might send HOOD a message that his play is NOT ok??