Saturday 01st October 2016,
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Steelers Defensive Needs Keep Mounting

steelersdefenseOnce the epitome of defensive prowess, now looking for anyone to step up, the Steelers might be looking into a long haul without anything good coming out of their defense.

With little difference making talent available in the free agency market, there is a huge need to make a tremendous splash in the draft for Steelers Nation. I just don’t think there is enough wishing powder left in this world to help this poor team.

With new defensive coordinator Keith Butler taking over, things are bound to change in terms of scheme and play calling. Everytime there is a change in a football system, there needs to be leaders on the field to make sure everyone is held accountable by the players actually doing work the right way. But with future hall of fame safety Troy Polamalu deciding to retire as well as CB Ike Taylor, there is very little leadership on defense.

The Steelers brough back LB James Harrison to help groom OLB Jarvis Jones and Arthur Moats who did a fairly decent job at the position for first timers. Harrison however is now 37 years old and most likely trying to collect a paycheck while getting great seats to watch his favorite football team play. The inside linebacker position isn’t bad however. Ryan Shazier played pretty well when he was healthy, and Lawrence Timmons kept the little bit of toughness that the Steelers had last season alive for the time he could. So these positions seem to be covered, at least in a decent manor so as to focus on worse depth at other spots.

The front line will be played by a combination of Steve McLendon and Daniel McCullers and most likely have Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt playing the tackle position. You tell me how that would sound to you if your favorite team would send these guys to stop opposing offenses.

And then their secondary. Their incredibly big hole at secondary. Without Ike Taylor, who had an incredibly dissapointing season last year, the cornerbacks available are: William Gay, Cortez Allen, B.W. Blake, and Antwon Blake. Does not get any better at safety with Shamarko Thomas and Mike Mitchell as the projected starters at the moment.

Basically as it stands right now, Keith Butler just sign up for the biggest headache of his career. Or, if he succeeds, for the biggest accomplishment in the career of any defensive coordinator in the history of the NFL. Quite possibly. It won’t happen if it stays this way.

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