Interesting note I read about McLendon
[QUOTE=phillyesq;588448]Kind of a flawed article, as it didn't even account for plays over the guards.
We all saw the Steelers get gashed with run plays up the middle - big plays - and we all saw that this simply isn't the same Steelers defense. Part of that is McClendon's inability to draw a double team. Timmons in particular is much better when he is clean, and he doesn't seem to do a great job of fighting off guards. The entire defense will be better with a stronger force inside.
I'm not saying that the Steelers need to invest a first rounder in a NT, but they do need to get more stout up front.[/QUOTE]
Consider this interesting tidbit, about our mediocre at best run defense, and the role McLendon had in it. Every 50-yard run we had against our defense this year... that is: Terrelle Pryor, AP, Tannehill and Daniel Thomas' 50-yard burst, Forte...
[B]McLendon wasn't on the field for any of them.[/B] Take that for what it is (if true). For me, I still see [U]a lot[/U] of value in taking a guy like Nix, if he should somehow fall to 15. But to the people being hard on McLendon, it is a fact that seems to go against the notion that he is the reason for our porous run defense.