1st 17th 10-6
1st 22nd 12-4
5th 7th 9-7
2nd 14th 12-4
1st 12th 12-4
1st 21st 8-8
13th 20th 8-8
the first column represents the steelers overall ranking on defense(yards allowed) the second offense(yards gained) and the third, the steelers regular season record.
these are all under tomlin.
one time in this seven year span the defense was ranked out of the top 10.
only once was the offense in the top ten.
so lets run DL out because his scheme doesnt work.
lets only use the 'stability' theory on tomlin when it comes to coaching although his product has been on a downward sprial much longer than DL.
lets draft all defense because ummm, because the offense is worse than the defense and has been every year but 1
oh, and lets give kirby an OC gig because he is a great RB coach and deserves it(because our rushing yards ranked 3, 23, 19, 11, 14, 26, and 27th).
im not happy watching all our draft picks do nothing on defense for a few years either, but its hard to argue that statistically this team wins because of DL defense.
his record here epitomizes legendary status and every person in the business agrees. talk about knee jerk reaction
1) Alex Carter CB
2) Nate Orchard OLB
3) Anthony Harris S
4) Jesse James TE
5) David Johnson RB
Where does everybody get that Lebeau refuses to change his scheme? The Steelers played more than 50% of their snaps this year without a NT. They used Troy as an ILB in an attempt to mask deficiencies. They essentially utilized at 4-3 at times with Garvin at OLB.
Lebeau made a lot of changes, all to mask the talent issues on defense.
They also stopped having Ike follow the other team's #1 WR...both Ike and Cortez played better after that...
Gay had a good season regardless...
The answer to the question is this thread is obviously... NO. He's the best DC in the country- college or NFL. If you are getting an A in school, why would you trade it in for a B? Makes no sense...
6- Time Super Bowl Champions......
IX X XIII XIV XL XLIII
2012 MNF Executive Champion
And, if you don't like YPG as a criteria, here are the defensive rankings from 2007 through 2013 in points allowed (which, for me is the best measure of a defense).
2007 - 2nd
2008 - 1st
2009 - 12th
2010 - 1st
2011 - 1st
2012 - 6th
2013 - 14th
Out of the top 10 in scoring twice not too shabby and even this year as it appeared they were getting torched they still end up 14th. I can't imagine what a defense that is ranked 20th or 21st, etc must look like.
1.22) Dante Fowler, OLB, UF
2.56) PJ Williams, CB, FSU
3.87) Ben Koyack, TE, ND
4.120) Kurtis Drummond, FS, MSU
5.152) David Johnson, RB, North Iowa
6.183) Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon St.
7.214) Lynden Trail, OLB, Norfolk St.
"Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it." -- Chuck Noll