I think he deserves to be back.
If I remember correctly, I was not happy with the 1st 2 games of the year but ever since the Chicago game (34d game), I thought the play calling was decent. Sometimes it could have been better but that could be said about anyone.
BTW, my feelings about the 4-3 have nothing to do with "hot" because you can argue it isn't the "fad" defense and the 3-4 is, but it has always been about the ability to sustain the talent and have a constant in-flow of new players who could contribute soonest.
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
BTW, here is something they can chew on:
2013 4-3 Defensive schemes W-L: 120-130
2013 3-4 Defensive schemes W-L: 102-93
They say it's all about finding talent that can play the scheme, yet we see teams switching to the 3-4. Why would they do it if the talent wasn't there?
The fact is the Steelers 'missed' in a few drafts and they are now paying the price. The scheme is fine. The scheme is sound.
The scheme is azzz right now.
I'm glad our offense isnt stuck on stupid like our D.... our O struggled and we went no huddle to protect Ben from a shaky OL.
If we didnt pick the right players then you adjust the scheme....
There are other examples, but the point is saying that maybe Lebeau puts TOO MUCH stock into experience (as an older guy now himself), and not enough into young, spunky guys and what they can bring. I'm in education, and I see it everyday. Schools these days, are overly populated with "experienced", tenured teachers... The young teachers have been laid-off, discouraged from the profession, etc. Because that is the system we have (last in, first out). What doesn't get accounted for, is for all the lacking in terms of experience (i.e. that's the reasoning for why veteran teachers should be kept over younger teachers), the youthful exuberance that young people can bring to the team.
So now, schools tend to lack that energy. There is a general malaise. We had a young teacher fill in for a teacher (during maternity leave), and everyone so misses that person now. Because that person was refreshing, with energy, a cheery face and attitude, and a willingness to do whatever it took.
I think our defense could benefit from that same sort of infusion. I think we are seeing it more now (inserting young ascending players).
Thank you Shoe...
The only time seniority should be used is when there is a tie. The vest said this on 30 for 30 when talking about Claurette starting as a freshman.
One thing we have to remember is Ike is a top 10 shadowing corner...lol.