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    Keith Butler Brings Up 3-5-3 Defense In Discussing New Linebackers

    Keith Butler Brings Up 3-5-3 Defense In Discussing New Linebackers

    By Matthew Marczi
    Posted on April 29, 2019

    In case you haven’t noticed, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ profile at linebacker has certainly changed over the years. With the exception of the seventh-round flier in Tyler Matakevich, who is still holding on to a special teams spot, the players they have taken since Ryan Shazier in the first round of 2014 have been a different breed.

    That includes the likes of Travis Feeney and, to a lesser extent, Jordan Zumwalt, but the 2019 NFL Draft makes it especially obvious with Devin Bush, Sutton Smith, and Ulysees Gilbert III. Mark Barron, signed in free agency, is also of a more athletic variety, having come into the league as a safety.

    Provided that these players are able to represent themselves well, it will be interesting to see how the Steelers and Keith Butler employ them. One thing that the defensive coordinator mentioned during his post-draft press conference to discuss the selection of Smith was the use of the 3-5-3 package at the college level and how that is contributing to the production of these new, more athletic inside linebackers.

    “What everybody does nowadays in college is, they get in walk-away positions, what I call walk-away positions. Everybody is running this 3-5-3 stuff. And that 3-5-3, two of those five on the front line are usually walked out on wide receivers and stuff like that”, Butler said.

    “Sometimes you bring them in and you bring them off the edge and rush off the edge, and that’s what everyone in college is doing now”, he went on while answering a question about Smith. “He’s kind of a little bit of both”.

    Butler also mentioned Genard Avery a late-round pick of the Cleveland Browns last season who was a significant contributor as a rookie and will have a bigger role this year. “I think the kid from Memphis last year did the same thing. He ended up making the team in Cleveland. He acclimated very well into the NFL. We need guys that can play in space”.

    Perhaps seeing the sort of success that Avery had breaking into the league as a fifth-round pick caught the Steelers’ eye and helped to influence their desire to add more of this sort of player to their own roster. They started to lean more on L.J. Fort late in the year, but they lost him in free agency. Avery recorded one of his four and half sacks against the Steelers in Week One, forcing a fumble.

    If Pittsburgh is going to continue putting its inside linebackers into disadvantageous coverage situations against wide receivers, then they might as well use players who have the athleticism to run with them. That’s the thinking as the league continues to be more and more pass-oriented and defenders have to be increasingly more mobile.

    https://steelersdepot.com/2019/04/ke...w-linebackers/

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    Jury is still out on Butler.
    From the 2010-2018 season, (An 8 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

    My official proclamation: WE WILL NOT WIN ANOTHER SUPER BOWL WITH MIKE TOMLIN AS OUR HEAD COACH. SO WHY DELAY THE INEVITABLE?

    FIRE MIKE TOMLIN

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Maniac View Post
    Jury is still out on Butler.
    Boom......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Maniac View Post
    Jury is still out on Butler.
    so Butler is going to have Devin Bush cover other teams' top WRs next season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    so Butler is going to have Devin Bush cover other teams' top WRs next season?
    Hey, Levon Kirkland could do it.

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    hope this works better than the defense he said was going to take over the league last year with safeties taking the place of linebackers

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    Hybrids are here to stay. We talked about it at camp when they broke out that 2-2-7 last year then backed off it once we got to the regular season.
    Keys: 1) You have to have personnel that have multiple skill sets.... some man , can get depth on drop to zones, solid tacklers and blitz ability.
    2) Communication has to be top notch when you have so many possible moving parts. ( we have improved here but it still needs to get better)

    This will be an aspect at camp that we'll report on. And like '18 just because I may see it at Latrobe does not mean it's going to transition to Sundays in the fall.

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    you can run a 2-2-7 in camp all you want but if you trot that garbage out on Sundays a team like the ravens or pats will smash you into the ground by running the football

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Spaghetti View Post
    you can run a 2-2-7 in camp all you want but if you trot that garbage out on Sundays a team like the ravens or pats will smash you into the ground by running the football
    You have to be able to adapt your defense to whatever team/offensive strategy you are facing.

    One of the reasons the *'s have been so successful in recent years is because, on both sides of the ball, they re-order what they're doing depending on what their opponent does. They don't subscribe to this notion that "we'll do what we always do and win by imposing our will."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    You have to be able to adapt your defense to whatever team/offensive strategy you are facing.

    One of the reasons the *'s have been so successful in recent years is because, on both sides of the ball, they re-order what they're doing depending on what their opponent does. They don't subscribe to this notion that "we'll do what we always do and win by imposing our will."
    Hmmm..seeing is believing. They practiced it last year only to chicken out when the regular season started. Like Iron City said, communication is a major, major aspect when you have so much moving parts and communication hasn't been a strong suit around here.
    From the 2010-2018 season, (An 8 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

    My official proclamation: WE WILL NOT WIN ANOTHER SUPER BOWL WITH MIKE TOMLIN AS OUR HEAD COACH. SO WHY DELAY THE INEVITABLE?

    FIRE MIKE TOMLIN

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