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  • Steelers are running a 3-4

    People may not care, but i'm really tired of seeing us referred to in peoples writeups as:

    "Tomlin prefers the 4-3 Cover2 and I don't think they'll run it very well this season"

    We're running a 3-4. Woodley will slide up occasionally and we'll run a hybrid 3-4/4-3 system, but we're not running a 4-3 base formation or often.

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    Yep, they have a Defensive coordinator for a reason, and LeBeau isn't going to just change his defense.

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    • #3
      Plus, as BBD has pointed out, it is feasible to run a 3-4 Cover 2.

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      • #4
        if you have the personal, it really doesnt matter wat u call it, but the steelers probably run alot of different looks


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        • #5
          I can see a Hybrid...a little of both. However, i think they would be more successful with 34 because of their personell.

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          • #6
            I think they will mix it up. This year they run a hybrid, versatile, scheme. Next year you can fully switch to the 4-3.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by diabsoule View Post
              Plus, as BBD has pointed out, it is feasible to run a 3-4 Cover 2.
              Cover 2 just means thre are two safeties back, you could run Cover 2 from a 7-2 defensive front if you wanted. Tomlin's from the Tampa 2, the Dungy varriant, with a Cover 2 base. The common misconception is that Cover 2 only refers to the Tampa 2.

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              • #8
                A full switch to a 3-4 would be disastrous the way the team is built right now. I think Tomlin will use it on pass downs and try and integrate as best he can, especially towards the latter part of the season.

                They are going to run the 3-4 primarily as far as I can tell, at least for the first half of the season.

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                • #9
                  who knows. tomlin might (yes might), revolutionize and start a 3-4 cover two trend.

                  or they might just say, wtf, we'll switch to 4-3 because it's sooooo awesome. they won't have the personnel to do it for at least two years. look at how long its taken san francisco to do it? dallas?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Hurricane Ditka View Post
                    Cover 2 just means thre are two safeties back, you could run Cover 2 from a 7-2 defensive front if you wanted. Tomlin's from the Tampa 2, the Dungy varriant, with a Cover 2 base. The common misconception is that Cover 2 only refers to the Tampa 2.
                    Oh, I know. I think the Steelers would be fine if they used a Cover 2 but I don't think Tomlin is looking to switch to the Tampa 2 any time soon especially after the players he drafted this year, specifically LaMarr Woodley, who they have said will be used as and OLB.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by diabsoule View Post
                      Oh, I know. I think the Steelers would be fine if they used a Cover 2 but I don't think Tomlin is looking to switch to the Tampa 2 any time soon especially after the players he drafted this year, specifically LaMarr Woodley, who they have said will be used as and OLB.
                      LaMarr Woodley could very easily become a Tampa 2 end, and Lawrence Timmons fits the bill of a Tampa 2 LB very well. They probably won't switch this year or maybe even next year, but the personnel they drafted in April doesn't neccessarily indicate that they plan to stick with a base 3-4 for a long time.


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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by High Roller View Post
                        I can see a Hybrid...a little of both. However, i think they would be more successful with 34 because of their personell.
                        Think Baltimore's style of defense and thats what your likely to see next year.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by awfullyquiet View Post
                          who knows. tomlin might (yes might), revolutionize and start a 3-4 cover two trend.

                          or they might just say, wtf, we'll switch to 4-3 because it's sooooo awesome. they won't have the personnel to do it for at least two years. look at how long its taken san francisco to do it? dallas?

                          but this is the same pgh we're talking about...

                          Cover 2 is only a coverage. We ran the cover 2 alot last year with Smith and Polamalu back in deep coverage.

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                          • #14
                            This is insane... why would we completely modify our D?

                            Think about it, we get two new linebackers in rounds 1 and 2, one in the mold of porter, one in the mold of farrior. We re-sign Aaron Smith to a huge contract, and he wouldn't be an effective player in 4-3... we paid the guy cause he's ideal for the system we'll run. And don't get me started on the safeties... Troy would go to waste in the cover two. This is a guy that should roam the field. Casey Hampton is purely a NT. He'd be good in any system, but he's great in the 3-4. Haggans and Foote are up and comers. Smith has been impressive for a 2nd year player at FS, and Ike is built for coverage... No chance we change the system

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Dam8610 View Post
                              LaMarr Woodley could very easily become a Tampa 2 end, and Lawrence Timmons fits the bill of a Tampa 2 LB very well. They probably won't switch this year or maybe even next year, but the personnel they drafted in April doesn't neccessarily indicate that they plan to stick with a base 3-4 for a long time.
                              Yea they definitely did add some players who fit well into the tampa 2 like Timmons (OLB), Woodley (OLB), and McBean (as a DT fits the bill well). But they have a lot of other guys who don't really look like ideal tampa 2 guys. They could possibly succeed, but Casey Hampton, Aaron Smith, and Brent Keisel look like awkward fits. Their top 3 corners (McFadden, Taylor, Colclough) aren't as solid against the run as you look for a tampa 2 CB to be. Clark Haggans and Jerome Harrison are solid rushers as 3-4 OLBs, but neither look to have the size to hold up at end or the ability to play tampa 2 OLB. Harrison could possibly play SLB in the scheme but I don't really see it. They look to be built for a 3-4 and the rookies, even though they have tampa 2 potential, look to be good 3-4 guys as well.

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