This is obviously a fan article... not expert analysis. I mean, there may be nuggets of truth in there, but e.g. James Harrison is not a viable option anymore. The writer correctly states that he cannot run anymore (which is 100% right), and thinks that is acceptable? You HAVE TO be able to run! Three years ago, we played the Texans and they ran ALL OVER US one game. It was largely because our defenders were too slow, causing gaping holes.
BTW, our turnover (lack of) problem is DUE to our lack of speed. Nothing else. I'm not saying Jarvis is speedy because he isn't. And I'm still in the jury-is-out boat on him. BUT, he is clearly a better option than an old, slow James Harrison. If Chris Carter was the option, then yeah--I'd be saying sign Harrison.
Guys and gals,
If you play fantasy football, go to the FF forum here and read my thread. I'd appreciate some feedback on it.
So is the proportion of sacks by the DL in the Steelers 3-4 lower than in 3-4s used by other teams? Has it been lower for the last few years than in 2005 and 2008? Please note I said "proportion", not absolute numbers. Anyone care to look it up? I don't care, just asking.
But until you watch other team's defenses, you can't really judge this one.
Since 2008, the Steelers defense:
4th best in opposing QB pass % completion: 57.6%
7th best in opposing # of completions: 1,900
and.... wait for it:
#1 in fewest passing yards allowed: 18,643
The fact is all defenses are looking horrid against the pass because that is what the league wants. The days of Mel Blount flattening WRs are over. Gotta start getting used to the 'tackle the catch' defense of today.
#1 in fewest TDs allowed by passing....
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What the LeBeau naysayers will throw out there, NC, is your statistics mean nothing. LeBeau's system doesn't pass the "eye test". Whatever the hell that is. Personally I think they need glasses.
Ahh yes. The 'eye test'. The eye test relative to what is the question? Steelers defenses of the past? Invalid. Rules have changed dramatically in the last 3 years. This year will only get worse with the non-contact rules on WRs.
The 2008 Steelers defense is arguably one of the greatest of all time. If you use that as the measuring stick it will make all other Steeler defenses look lacking.
Last edited by NorthCoast; 08-31-2014 at 11:53 PM.