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I sure wish someone would tweet or post in here during the 1st half of the Steelers game tonight. What I would like to see is a running commentary regarding which of our players matches up to the position players we see for Pittsburgh and what their specific roles are.
I understand a 4-3 very well. The teams I've followed have never used a 3-4 (Vols, Titans, etc) and I, and I'm sure many of us, have a little learning curve here.
Here, supposedly, is the depth chart for the Steelers tonight.
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While all 3-4 defenses share some common characteristics, not every 3-4 defense is created equal. Tennessee's seems to have a lot in common with Alabama's, but it doesn't even seem to be completely identicaly to the Tide's system. In other words, you probably can pick up on some of the basics from watching a team like the Steelers, but don't tune in on Aug. 31 and expect to see a lot of the same things beyond the absolute basics of the 3-4 defense.
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I am a steelers fan. The 3 4 is awesome in blitzburgh (or sixburgh). The backers are coming full speed every play. As Ryan said, not all 3 4 s are the same.
I do have one secret for success though....have James Harrison on your team.
The truth is, you will probably be in your 3-4 less than half the time, especially when you are playing a spread or pass happy offense. It is probably more similar to a 4-3 but with one of the linemen standing up in those situations.
Not an expert on the Steelers (or our new scheme since you know they haven't played a game yet), but I believe the Steelers scheme in the secondary is pretty different from ours. Polamalu has free run to improvise especially around the LOS. He's all over the place. By necessity, the other safety (Clark) plays a lot of deep center field. Our safeties will be mirrors of each other more often. I think the Star in our D then plays a more active unpredictable role. I also dont think we will zone blitz like Pittsburgh does. Again, more guesses than anything.
And yes, James Harrison would help. So would Clay Matthews, if you prefer Capers' variety of the 34, which I do since I'm a Packers fan
As a Steelers fan, I second this. Harrison is a man beast.
And Troy Polumulu (spelling)
Luck just threw a pick 6 to Ike Taylor. Welcome to the NFL!
This article has a useful overview of the secondary positions in Bama's scheme
Nick Saban explains the origin of the terms. Who will fill these important roles this season?
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