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Thread: Anemic Pass Rush on Pace for Fewest Sacks Since '88

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    Thank you for confirming that we just play the templated solution and don't think outside the box or try different things. That is exactly why the opponents know exactly what is coming.
    And yet you prefer a change to a 4-3 defense, in which the opposition pretty much ALWAYS KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT IS COMING. A 4 man front in which only the front 4 rush the passer the vast majority of the time is WAY more vanilla of a scheme than LeBeau's defense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    I disagree. We have not sent Timmons enough. We have not switched Harrison and Woodley to different sides or put both on the same side. There are things we have not done.
    Well, I went to the game against Philly and they did all of those things. They move Harrison to the left alongside Worilds and moved Timmons to the outside right. Harrison and Timmons lined up next to one another in the middle on several plays. I noticed them do similar things against Cincy the next game. A game where we seemed to make some changes at halftime and shut down the Bungles in the 2nd half. I don't think they did as much movement against the Deadskins probably because they were more concerned with containment of RGIII.

    I don't think you realize how often we do this stuff. Mainly because it hasn't worked all that often this year. We can blitz all we want but if the opponent calls the right protection scheme and none of our guys are beating the one on one we are going to get burned in the secondary. That's what I think is happening this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by papillon View Post
    It has nothing to do with the "secret sauce", the players are losing their one on one match-ups more than they are winning them. The secret sauce still works, but the line cooks and sous chefs aren't quite as good as those in the past. Putting players out of position just to make a change just doesn't make any sense (to me anyhow). It's a long season and patience has always been a virtue for the Steeler organization and it will serve them well this year as well. You won't see players moving to different positions, but hopefully, what we may see is that some of the players that have been learning this year will start playing and reacting rather than thinking and then playing. The coaches groom players to play a certain position and hope they develop. We may be seeing some of those players develop on the fly this year and that would be a good thing.

    Moving players from one position to another weakens two positions, it doesn't strengthen any positions. Woodley and Harrison have been successful (double digit sacks) never moving around the football field. Would you move Polamalu to FS, after all, it's another safety position, how difficult could it be for a HOFer to move form SS to FS? Would you move Ed Reed from FS to SS? Just another safety position, right?

    The defense as a unit needs to continue to do the things they did this past week and if the offense can continue to chew up chunks of clock the defense will have limited exposure. This defense is probably only average and hopefully, by the end of the year they may be above average. They need the offense to be consistent; not a change of positions or leader.

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    I'm talking about flipping Harrison and Woodley occasionally to change the match ups. We aren't talking about them playing safety or nose tackle. They are both in outside LB rush positions but we change the match ups and force the offense to change blocking schemes. That is not radical. The Ravens do it with Suggs all the time. Matthews does it with the Packers. But Lord forbid we do anything so radical.

    When opponents have figured you out and have compensated you don't just tell players win your one on one match ups and it will be OK. The opponents are making sure you can't win those by adjusting. But we don't adjust, just more of the same.
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    I honestly don't care if they don't get another sack this year if they keep points off the board for our opponents and get off the field after third down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugar View Post
    I honestly don't care if they don't get another sack this year if they keep points off the board for our opponents and get off the field after third down.
    same here. I think sacks are an overrated stat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by focosteeler View Post
    same here. I think sacks are an overrated stat.
    I agree, as long as there is pressure you don't necessarily need to get a sack.

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    I think the defense has played pretty well recently and doesn't at all seem vanilla to me. They are mixing things up well enough to keep the opposition off-balanced. I'll ride with LeBeau personally. I don't think age has much to do with being open to change or not. They are doing it without Polamalu and a less than 100% Harrison. Like less year, when the defense ranked No. 1 but was still roundly attacked, this No. 2 ranked defense is not getting enough credit. They may not be loaded with playmakers or getting a ton of sacks, but they have played good team defense for the most part. As usual, whomever they defeat, there are a lot of whines about the opposition stinking. NY Giants should be a good test, though.

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    will somebody please change the record?

    this one is broken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikestops85 View Post
    Well, I went to the game against Philly and they did all of those things. They move Harrison to the left alongside Worilds and moved Timmons to the outside right. Harrison and Timmons lined up next to one another in the middle on several plays. I noticed them do similar things against Cincy the next game. A game where we seemed to make some changes at halftime and shut down the Bungles in the 2nd half. I don't think they did as much movement against the Deadskins probably because they were more concerned with containment of RGIII.

    I don't think you realize how often we do this stuff. Mainly because it hasn't worked all that often this year. We can blitz all we want but if the opponent calls the right protection scheme and none of our guys are beating the one on one we are going to get burned in the secondary. That's what I think is happening this year.
    I agree and think DL's been doing more to generate pressure this year than he ever has. He's been aware it's a talent issue for years. The one way he seems to be able to get pressure still in critical situations is lining both Timmons and Troy outside of Harrison/Woodley and he'll mix up the sides he puts those 2 on and sometimes he'll put them together on the same side.

    I've also seen more of looping the OLBs/DEs behind the crossing ILBs.

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