Originally Posted by Bizwah
Am I the only one worried about our run defense?
I've never thought of the 3-4 as a strong run defense. We certainly don't have the beef in the front seven that other 3-4 defenses have.
We allowed the Texans over 5.3 yards a carry. Shaun Alexander had some good runs against us....We play Thomlinson, whoever the Denver RB is, Holmes, K. Jones, Jackson, Barber, and Portis.
We have to stop the run.
If you aren't worried, then maybe do something to alleviate my fears.
Now, I am not 100% sold that we will be great against the run, but we should be better. Better simply because we have gotten bigger in our front seven, and a lot more athletic. My consternation comes from our outside LBs inexperience in the 3-4. Ware is going to be a terror in pass rush situations, but he still is a work in progress against the run.
I believe Ware will progress, but right now he is taking on every block and not getting off of it quick enough. It will come though.
As far as the size of our D, we are not as bad as most people think.
Looking at Pitt's sizes.....
Aaron smith is 298
Hamption is 325
Vanoleffan is 299
Ellis- 275- but Canty is going to play a bunch and he is 295.
Coleman is 295 and Spears and Ratlff are both 290 +.
Ferguson is 310 according to BP and Glover is bigger than Pitts backup Hoke.
LBs For Pitt
Porter is 6'3" 250lbs.
Larry Foot is 6' 233lbs.
Farrior is 6'2" 243lbs.
Haggans is a monster at 6'4" but only 243.
Ware is 6'3" 255lbs.
Dat is 5'10 240lbs.
Brady James is 6'2" 243lbs.
Al is listed at 6'2 233 but reports have him at 250lbs. Not to mention Burnette at 6'3" 240.
Throw in a 235lbs. freight train and size is roughly the same. Pitt is slightly bigger, but we will get bigger when the rooks start to play on our DL. A line with Spears and Canty at Ends and Ferguson at NT is damn big.
Inexperience really is our major achillies. Our Secondary should not be affected, they should excell this year. I believe our DL is going to excell this year. For some reason I think our MLBs are going to be fine.
Our OLBS are the ones that need to do the most adjusting. Als never played it, ware is at a new postion. Burnette's never played it and is a rook. Heck, Thorton is playing a new position and never played it.
We HAVE to pick up a vet here, IMO. Only for a steadying influence, really.
I really have evey confidence that we will be a stout defense this year that will only get better as the season progresses.
Feel any better?