I agree with you. You can't take Steeler D stats as a prime indicator of effectiveness. Anyone watching this D last season realized they were not the number one D in the league. I also prefer aggressive D's, turnover/pressure/sack minded. D's who are feared, taking the action to the O rather than reacting to what the O does. Good post.
Just a couple of years ago? Who created more fear than JH? Who attacked from EVERYWHERE like Troy? Who destroyed players in the secondary like Clark?
DLs philisophy aint the issue, it is talent.
JH was breaking down, Woodley was fat and injured, Troy hobbled.
Add to that rule changes that hurts guys like JH and Clark from jarring the ball lose via big hits.
Corners who cant catch to save their lives.
Lewis lead the league in passes defensed with ZERO picks.
That is not a passive catch and tackle, that is going after the ball and cant hold onto it.
Let's pretent that was Rod Woodson?
Does that happen?
Cortez created 5 turnovers in THREE GAMES. Same pass rush, same DL Philosophy.
That aint "scheme".
Yet, we had the number 1 statistical defense.
Does that make it the best? No.
But in view of the above it is AMAZING that this defense had the success it had to rank number 1.
The problem isnt passive play, it is lacking players.
Keisel said "when we had Harrison and Woodley....." when he talked about the changes.
I just see little confidence in THIS SET of Linebackers to create pressure.
Last edited by Captain Lemming; 08-06-2013 at 04:50 PM.
This makes total sense. Our smallish LBs (Harrison included in the past few years) get swallowed up by massive 6'8 OTs that are now basically allowed to hold and hog tie a rusher. The rules, IMO, have shifted a bit in favor of the OT. You can thank James Harrison and Woodley for alot of that change.
We (as well as any team in the league) need our interior linemen (whether in a 3-4 or 4-3, the scheme dictates) to push more. Hence someone's point why guys like JJ Watt have dominated lately. Times change!
1.25 DT Vernon Butler, La Tech, 64 323
2.58 CB Artie Burns, Miami, 511 189
3.89 OLB, Alex McCalister, Florida, 66 240-Jarvis Jones replacement
4.123 S Jayron Kearse, Clemson, 64 216-hybrid type we could use in 3-3-5 defense
6.220 OT Stephane Nembot, 67 322-raw talent with ton of upside
7.229 CB Brian Poole, Florida, 510 210
7.246 WR/KR Ed Eagan, Northwestern State, 5 10 185-need WR depth and returner
One gap or two, Ziggy Hood is not going to suddenly become JJ Watt.
Worilds I think can be ok, but I've seen nothing to lead me to believe that he will be a force. I am excited about Jones. Woodley returning to form will be a major key.
Lemming...you stated "And what team has more of a rep as an "attacking" defense than this one?"
About half the teams in the NFL? I was speaking about last season as stated in my post. No one feared the Steelers D last season.