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There's been a lot of talk this offseason about our defense(rightly so). A lot has been mentioned about our OLB's and their jobs and potentially switching sides. There's been some talk of going to a hybrid look, as well as talk of going to more sub package stuff. BTSC put out a great article that explains something we might be seeing a lot more of this upcoming season. 

https://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2018/6/4/17408350/steelers-may-use-more-4-3-looks-to-improve-run-defense-in-2018-keith-butler-mike-tomlin-nfl-news 

This article breaks down how we might be using Dupree and Watt this season. I, personally, like this direction. Watt seems like an ideal candidate to play the Sam spot in a 4-3. This gives Dupree less to do(set the edge - rush the passer), which is probably a wise decision. I would recommend giving this article a look. It clears up a lot of things being discussed around here. 

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I'll also get the discussion going by saying this: 

Maybe our potential reliance on the 4-3 is one of the reasons why we did not address with ILB with the draft. Perhaps they feel confident in a linebacking corps of Watt - Bostic/Williams/Matakevich - <-- One of those guys/One of the Safeties.

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6 hours ago, MOSteelers56 said:

I'll also get the discussion going by saying this: 

Maybe our potential reliance on the 4-3 is one of the reasons why we did not address with ILB with the draft. Perhaps they feel confident in a linebacking corps of Watt - Bostic/Williams/Matakevich - <-- One of those guys/One of the Safeties.

Maybe the  coaches and FO are trying to get their delusional worth from the RD1 dupree pick and in the process will compromise the D despite allowing dupree to pad his stats 9_9  Watt was clearly better than dupree in all phases as a rookie and despite having an injury for a bit.  If anything they should allow Watt to flourish instead of trying to prove the RD1 pick of dupree. 

dupree got pancaked in the playoffs by a TE and ranked 3rd worst of all the players at his position via PFF. Instead of trying to prove their RD1 pick in dupree was valid, they should have drafted or signed a UFA to replace him, and never gave him the 5th year option.  I hope Adeniyi makes the team and somehow gets playing time but that too will be difficult is dupree is healthy. 

Not only is this boom or bust for dupree, but with the coaches forcing the issue, it could also bust the D or break it down up front. We needed better pass rush, and this is worse pass rush. Getting stats (sacks) vs bad teams means nothing when you play the good teams and it showed.  

This offseason had different issues to address, but I thought edge would have been one priority. Signing bell didn't help, and now we have to live with this.  If dupree stays healthy and is at ROLB, there won't be anymore excuses. He couldn't outplay RT's, how is he going to do vs a LT who is usually better? These coaches and FO are somehow delusional when it comes to dupree from what I have observed thus far. 

 

The run D was the worst and I understand making changes to address this, good to see they recognized something needed to change but how they are going about it is another story.  I just don't see dupree as a starter anywhere and we will have to watch this for one more season. He is a fish out of water as a LB in a 4-3. He was a slow off the snap DE, and just doesn't have the instincts to play 4-3 LB from what I have watched.   But lets see if he can start to learn how to play 4-3LB  in the NFL 9_9

The 133.5 yards per game allowed during that stretch would have the Steelers ranked 31st in the NFL, while their 5.1 yards per carry would rank dead last.

 

There was one problem with this: like any inside backer, the Sam must be instinctive and must recognize things quickly. But these didn’t seem to be areas where Dupree excelled — which brings his use at the Sam in 2018 into question.

 

Does anyone else here think dupree at 4-3LB would be a fish out of water?

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