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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive roster breakdown

Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:11 am
Edited on: February 6, 2011 2:53 am
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Posted by Will Brinson & Andy Benoit

Perhaps the most fascinating thing if you look (at a glance anyway) at Pittsburgh and Green Bay is that they've built their teams "properly." (AKA "the opposite of Dan Snyder.) They draft smart, and they sign smarter. At least that's what we're lead to believe, right?

Andy and I set out to check the roster breakdown for both teams. En route, we* managed to figure out not only where they're coming from, but what they'll do for their respective teams in the Super Bowl.

Name POS Acquired Scouting Report
Ziggy Hood
DE 
Drafted 32nd overall, 1st Round 2009 
First-round pick in ’09 has not shown drastic progress with playing time. Plays too tall to generate anchoring power; must get more physical in traffic.
Casey Hampton
NT
Drafted 19th overall, 1st Round 2001
The key to Pittsburgh’s vaunted run defense. A “325-pounder” who simply can’t be dislodged. Nimble lateral agility and surprising initial quickness give him playmaking prowess, too.
Brett Keisel
DE
Drafted 242nd overall, 7th round 2002
Long-deserved Pro Bowl honors were finally recognized this season. Far and away the most athletic 3-4 defensive end in football.
Aaron Smith
DL
Drafted 109th, 5th Round 1999
Venerated 12-year veteran hopes to play for the first time since tearing his triceps in October. If he can’t go, the forceful but somewhat sluggish Nick Eaton will continue to see action.
LaMarr Woodley
LOLB
Drafted 46th overall, 2nd Round 2007
His first and second steps are as effective as all but maybe six or seven pass-rushers in the NFL. Exerts tremendous strength whether he’s making a tackle or shedding a block.
James Farrior
LILB
8th overall, 1st Round 1997 NYJ; FA 2002
A 36-year-old whose downhill quickness suggests he’s 26. Instincts against the run are superb.
Lawrence Timmons
RILB
Drafted 15th overall, 1st Round 2007
Whoever's the 2nd most athletic ILB in football is barely a speck in this man’s rearview mirror. Instincts have improved precipitously. In short, he’s already a superstar (and maybe Pittsburgh’s best player on D).
James Harrison
ROLB
UDFA 2002 PIT; FA PIT 2004 Known for four or five illegal hits, but the thousands of legal ones he’s delivered have been just as punishing.
Larry Foote
5 LB
Drafted 128th overall, 4th Round PIT; FA, 2010
This defense does not skip a beat when he gives Farrior a breather. Is fantastic at blowing up the opponents’ lead-blocker.
Ike Taylor
CB
Drafted 125th overall, 4th Round 2003
Lanky cover artist who can operate in man or zone. If not for so many dropped interceptions over the years, he’d be regarded by many as a top 10 corner.
Troy Polamalu
SS
Drafted 16th overall, 1st round 2003
Llike the Steelers have a 12 on 11 advantage when he’s out there. The difference between him and other star defenders? 2 things: his calves (which give him NBA-caliber vertical leap and incredible closing explosiveness) and unwavering trust in his instincts.
Ryan Clark
FS UDFA, 2002, WAS; FA 2006
Hard-hitting, intelligent veteran leader who has decent range in coverage.
Bryant McFadden
CB
Drafted 62nd overall, 2nd Round 2005
If this defense has a weak spot, he’d be it. And that’s NOT to say he isn’t solid.
William Gay
NB
Drafted 170th overall, 5th round, 2007
OK when he can be a playmaker, but struggles when he has to be a play-stopper.
Ryan Mundy
SS Drafted 194th overall, 6th Round, 2008
Still learning. Didn’t make the costly mistakes this season that hounded him in ’09.

*Scouting smarts credited to Benoit. HTML and research credited to Brinson.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:39 am
 

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive roster breakdown

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2011 4:22 am
 

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive roster breakdown

i wonder what you look like a$$$$$$---------------h-o-l------e.  at least Brett Keisel's making mad money in the NFL this Sunday. what the hell are you doing? and i wonder if you even played a sport for that matter derp. what the phuck is a derp. your probably one of those phaggots that works in an office all day with manacured finger nails derp. your just another Pittsburgh Steeler hater who's jealous his team suks.



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 4:28 am
 

Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Roster Breakdown

Won't matter. Pit will need WR to cover Green Bay's. Db's will be exposed. Jets and Ravens have nothing like this.




Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2011 2:35 am
 

Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Roster Breakdown

It's late and I don't really feel like bashing you guys right now, but why does it say Clark is a WR and Mundy is a TE?  Surely this is a template mistake also.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 2:29 am
 

Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Roster Breakdown

DERP.

That was supposed to be Aaron Smith. It was a template thing and it's fixed now.

Apologies all around (but morons is a bit excessive for an obvious typo/form mistake, right?).

Can I offer more pictures of Brett Keisel's beard later in the week to make up for it?

--Brinson



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 2:00 am
 

Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Roster Breakdown

Jonathan Scott is not an DL.  Morons!


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