The Steelers are moving towards a D that does not have to substitute. If you play undersized pass rushers at DE throughout a game, they will get worn out and run over.
You can find a DE to rush the passer, but they are typically undersized guys who play in sub packages. I'm talking about complete DEs that can play the run and pass. They're hard to come by. Don't take my word for it; Tomlin is the one who said that it is easier to find players for the 3-4.
Look at the names on your list:
Robert Mathis - 12 years
Robert Quinn - 4 years
Greg Hardy - 5 years
Mario Williams - 9 years
Cameron Jordan - 4 years
Junior Galette - 5 years
John Abraham - 15 years
Jared Allen - 11 years
Chandler Jones - 3 years
Olivier Vernon - 3 years
Of the sack artists on that list, only two of them exceeded 5 sacks during their first NFL season...Allen and Vernon...not even Mario Williams, #1 overall pick, could record 5 sacks as a rookie...
How many exceeded 10 sacks during their first NFL season?
Regardless of position, it takes most players at least a year to acclimate to the NFL...usually, it takes more than one year for a pass rusher to accumulate a double digit sack total...
Point out all you want that none of the DE mentioned exceeded 5 sacks, but I bet all or most had more than the 1 Jarvis Jones had. Also, I bet these guys typically played more than an OLB typically plays in our system as a rookie.
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
It isn't as though those guys came into the NFL recording double digit sacks their respective rookie years...
Dion J 6'6" 250 can go to any team as DE or LB
All three coveted by EVERY TEAM IN THE NFL. All three drafted TOP 6. Despite modest college production the are long gone before we draft.
Jarvis Jones a college 3/4 LB who specializes in pass rush leading the country is ONLY a consideration of 3/4 teams, we draft him at 17. HE IS THW ONLY PASS RUSH SPECIALIST taken by a 3/4 team in the first. EVERY SINGLE TWEENER was gobbled up by a 4/3 team with a top 6 pick.
It is simple numbers. EVERYONE IN THE NFL wants 6'5' 250.
6'2" 240 pass rush specialists only gets first round interest from half the teams.
Another way to look at it is we essentially have twice the talent pool. It is easier for us because we CAN TAKE 6'6" 250, but are not LIMITED to that guy as our prototype.
The same when it comes to OUR DE options. We get Heyward and Tuitt, WHO ARE OUR PROTOTYPES, way later than prototype Dline 4/3 guys. Nix went with what could have been OUR 3RD ROUND pick.
If Woodley or Jones were 6'6" 250 the would go top 10 EASY.
Last edited by Captain Lemming; 06-18-2014 at 04:26 PM.
Never thought of Ansah as a tweener, he was full on 43 DE to me, lebeau loved him though