Flippy, I agree that Fangupo fits the Steelers prototype at NT going back to Joel Steed.
Originally Posted by flippy
Ta'amu had intriguing size/strength - I have visions of him as a NT in the mold of Williams out in SD in his prime or any of those other huge NTs. Again, that was based on potential and college film, not as much on his production. Given his potential, I would have liked to see him get one more year in Pittsburgh. I understand the cut -- this is mostly the optimist in me.
From what I saw of Arnfelt, I think he could be an effective backup at DE. I'm glad that the Steelers kept him on the PS.
I don't understand the cut and I don't understand other cuts, non-cuts, and non-signings. I think Tomlin might be one of the smartest & dumbest person I've seen.
Originally Posted by phillyesq
You don't trade up and draft Ta'amu if within 2 years you cut him because he's more of a 4-3 style player. You just absolutely wasted the pick. That's idiocy at it's finest. I don't know whats more idiotic.... releasing Ta'amu or releasing Hawthorne... or keeping Whimper... or not signing Starks.... or wait, there are to many to count....
It seems like this team under Tomlin's direction can't make 2 back-to-back good moves. It's like 1 step forward, 2 steps back.
I think you are right but that puts us back to the same elusive problem we have had for the past couple of years...we need a dominant NT to make LeBeau's defense work and we don't have one. Same old problem with the 3-4...the players you need for the DL are elusive to find or take years to develop or p[rove they can't develop.
Originally Posted by Slapstick
But Tomlin did not say that he was a 4/3 player, a poster here did. The Steelers absolutely saw him as a nose tackle, AS DID MOST DRAFT EXPERTS at the time:
Originally Posted by steelz09
Alameda Ta'amu Scouting Report
By Charlie Campbell
Constantly fills his gap
Powerful bull rush
Generally plays with good pad level
Very difficult to move at the line of scrimmage
No problem anchoring
Taking plays off?
Nose tackle only, can't play other tackle techniques
Summary: Ta'amu is one of the few quality zero-technique prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft. The zero-technique lines up over the head of the center and is an essential performer in a 3-4 defense. Ta'amu has the size and bulk to occupy blockers while holding his ground at the line of scrimmage.
Taamu is EASILY and OBVIOUSLY better suited to play nose. Heck the Cardinals who run a 3/4 could not grab him soon enough.
The reason why Taamu was cut is kinda simple. Fangupo beat him out and we dont carry a ridiculous number of people at that position. We are three deep (McClendon, Woods, and Fangupo) at a position that features ONE player at a time and Taamu was the fourth man.
I too liked Taamu's potential, but he needs to win te job no matter where he was drafted.
Last edited by Captain Lemming; 09-03-2013 at 05:23 PM.
Defense was fine (statistically better) when Hoke started for injured Casey. The team was 17-1 in games Hoke started. I am not saying Hoke was better but that the whole idea that our defense hung on the value of Hampton is WAY overblown.
Originally Posted by Oviedo
The best recent Steeler career backup at any position was an undrafted free agent nose tackle from BYU. Sounds alot like Fangupo......
Last edited by Captain Lemming; 09-03-2013 at 05:38 PM.
Both Ta'amu and Dwyer put themselves in virtually the same position:
They each needed to give the team a very compelling reason to keep them, despite their various off the field behaviors....
Neither one did...
I just don't see his potential at NT. Maybe he develops? He's definitely massive enough. And probably has the strength. But I just never saw it in him. He never really got a low enough pad level and enough leverage on opposing Cs and I think that's why he didn't look so strong at the point of attack.
Originally Posted by Captain Lemming
I personally loved getting Fangupo and thought since the day we signed him that he's gonna one day be our future NT. That kid is as strong as an ox. And I think the NT controlling the LOS in the middle is the key to Lebeau's whole D. I think we're pretty deep for the first time in ages on the DLine and I'd love to see the Steelers get a rotation going to keep all of these guys fresh.