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Thread: Draft a NT, sign one in free agency or stand pat with McLendon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steeler_fan_in_t.o. View Post
    I'm not sure what the answer is...but what it isn't is standing pat with McLendon. IMO he was awful last year, and that mistake is what set off a chain of events that included: Vince Williams playing a lot of LB, Troy playing a lot of LB, too much nickel which constantly burned the team, and few positive results.
    Thats a good point. I'm not sold on Nix at 1.15 but you pointed out a major problem last year.

    Our secondary sucked but did our poor run defense make the secondary look worse than what it actually was? Probably. Don't get me wrong, I think we need CB help and definitely a FS so I'm not making excuses for the secondary.

    BUT.... When you have to line up Troy as a LB, that tells me you have zero faith in your ability to stop the run on critical downs. It wasn't VW's fault or Timmons fault. Teams were running it right down our throats which points directly at McClendon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelz09 View Post
    Thats a good point. I'm not sold on Nix at 1.15 but you pointed out a major problem last year.

    Our secondary sucked but did our poor run defense make the secondary look worse than what it actually was? Probably. Don't get me wrong, I think we need CB help and definitely a FS so I'm not making excuses for the secondary.

    BUT.... When you have to line up Troy as a LB, that tells me you have zero faith in your ability to stop the run on critical downs. It wasn't VW's fault or Timmons fault. Teams were running it right down our throats which points directly at McClendon.
    I don't think this means McClendon sux. His skills as a penetrator are better utilized at DE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Discipline of Steel View Post
    I don't think this means McClendon sux. His skills as a penetrator are better utilized at DE.
    Quite possibly but the steeler are using him as a NT so it doesn't really matter that he's a better fit for DE. We need a legit NT.

    Opposing teams don't say... "McClendon is a good penetrator DE but he's lined up at NT... so let's not run the ball up the middle".... Nope, they were running right at him.

    McClendon may not suck but he's not good.. I have high hopes for him but I think labeling him as good is a bit of a stretch at this point.

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    roster, FA or draft (not before our 3rd round comp pick)

    look at the top NTs in the league, you dont have to spend a #15 overall to find one. heck we had one and waived him and drafted him in the 4th

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    I like the kid from delaware, Kerr.

    he could be had in the 4th or 5th, or even later,IMO

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    McCullers of Tenn might be worth a shot in about the 4th. Huge player who has some upside.

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    I wouldn't touch mcullers with a 10 foot pole

    kid is lazy as hell

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittpete View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by steelz09 View Post
    Quite possibly but the steeler are using him as a NT so it doesn't really matter that he's a better fit for DE. We need a legit NT.

    Opposing teams don't say... "McClendon is a good penetrator DE but he's lined up at NT... so let's not run the ball up the middle".... Nope, they were running right at him.

    McClendon may not suck but he's not good.. I have high hopes for him but I think labeling him as good is a bit of a stretch at this point.
    I never said he was good. But he might be with a move to DE. Think about this as our starting rotation: Heyward, Nix, McClendon. The only reason McClendon was playing NT is because there was nobody else. NT is a glaring need and I would even consider moving up a few spots to secure Nix if necessary.
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    The writer says that Terrence Cody is 6 feet tall and 360.

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