As I thought, the Steelers beat a pretty poor bills team. They got killed by the bucs today. We looked good last game cuz they stink.
Contrary to popular opinion, the coaches aren't dumb. McCullers has the team made. He is only specimen that fully integrates the physical requirements for the NT position. I didn't expect a lot from him when he was drafted. McClendon has tried to add weight, but it is sloppy weight and he still gets blocked out of the middle. McCullers is naturally big and not fat. He is as hard to root out of the middle as the old growth Maple tree in the yard. I'm not saying he'll be all-pro or has no faults, but he will occupy two blockers and be difficult to move. That is the important thing. I am also none too sure about whether Cam Thomas can handle the position either.
McCullers might not start out the year as the starter there, but I think he'll be active soon. I think he will be a key part of this defense at some point.
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In addition to not having a stout NT, the Steelers LB corp has gotten smaller and faster. In doing so, I wonder if they've lost too much bulk. As good as he was rushing the passer, James Harrison was a beast against the run. He set the edge and he was also a monster coming down the line. Jones, not so much. Shazier is quick and I love the speed and athleticism. But he needs to wrap up better. Timmons has always been a guy who relies more on speed than strength.
Part of the Steelers formula, in addition to having a stout NT, has been pairing a faster, more athletic ILB with a more stout run defender. Levon Kirkland, Earl Holmes, Larry Foote, etc. One bigger guy with one faster guy. Playing now mostly out of a nickel D, with smaller LBers, have the Steelers leaned too far in the other direction?
1.25 CB Eli Apple-DB-tOSU
2.58 SS Vonn Bell-DB tOSU
3.89 DT Javon Hargrave-SC State
4.123 DE-Matt Judon-Grand Valley State
6.220 RB-Tyler Erwin-San Jose State
7.229 WR Geronimo Allison-Ilinois
7.246 QB-Cody Kessler-USC
This is why they moved Timmons over to the Mack...