People Underestimate Ziggy Hood’s Importance in the Steelers Defense


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Steelers Defensive End takes a lot of heat for his performance in the Steelers defense.  He gets compared to Aaron Smith and no one likes the fact that he does not put up the numbers that Smith put up.  Hood is not Smith and nor will he ever be.  Smith was the perfect 5 tech defensive end.  He ate up blockers and still made his way to the QB.  The man had an outstanding all around game.  He is a once in a generation player.  Smith is the best 3-4 defensive end of his era.  You can not be mad at Hood for not being that guy.
While Hood is not Smith he has played above average as defensive end.  He is just now finishing his third year in the position.  He had to transition to the position and we have all heard over and over how people need 3  years to be comfortable.  Hood seemed to get comfortable this season.  He may have made fewer plays for the team but he also took up more blockers.  He made holes for his teammates and gave them the ability to make plays.  He opened up to the fact…

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