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 Post subject: Black Monday
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Jack Del Rio and Chuck Pagano have both been fired. More coming?

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 Post subject: Re: Black Monday
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Fire John Harbaugh, I mean when was the last time he even made the playoffs?

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Surprised the Giants haven't cut McAdoo loose yet...


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Surprised the Giants haven't cut McAdoo loose yet...


If you're serious, they did this a couple weeks ago

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 Post subject: Re: Black Monday
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Thanks COS.

Pagano was also already fired. Caldwell, Lewis, Fox, Arians are all primed to be fired as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Black Monday
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Fire John Harbaugh, I mean when was the last time he even made the playoffs?

:lol: :lol: :lol:

People on this board would be calling for Tomlin's head if the roles were reversed.


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 Post subject: Re: Black Monday
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Fire John Harbaugh, I mean when was the last time he even made the playoffs?

:lol: :lol: :lol:


Then, if Tomlin fails to reach the Super Bowl, it will be the perfect opportunity to dump Tomlin, hire Harbaugh and satisfy a large contingent of Steeler fans. Steelers problems solved.


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Can we PLEASE kill two birds with one stone? I say we start the Haley to the Bengals rumor right here and now.

Haley out the door after the season and the Bengals maintain fighting the Browns and the Ravens for the bottom half of the division for the next forever.

To me; it would be a Steeler match made in heaven.


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COS wrote:
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Surprised the Giants haven't cut McAdoo loose yet...


If you're serious, they did this a couple weeks ago

Must be the grog Steeler77 :lol:

Giants have already hired new gm and started cleaning house

Chuckie is going to be new raiders coach/gm with ownership position

As I said over a Month ago. The espn mnf nonsense was all a venting against the network because he was leaving

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I’m not the biggest Tomlin fan in the world, but imagine the bidding war for him if the Steelers ever cut him loose.


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I’m not the biggest Tomlin fan in the world, but imagine the bidding war for him if the Steelers ever cut him loose.


And the Steelers will be smart and find someone like the rams coach

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Can we PLEASE kill two birds with one stone? I say we start the Haley to the Bengals rumor right here and now.

Haley out the door after the season and the Bengals maintain fighting the Browns and the Ravens for the bottom half of the division for the next forever.

To me; it would be a Steeler match made in heaven.


Marvin is saying tonight Mike Brown won’t fire him

Ahaahaaaaaaa. Happy new year

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Surprised the Giants haven't cut McAdoo loose yet...


If you're serious, they did this a couple weeks ago

Must be the grog Steeler77 :lol:

Giants have already hired new gm and started cleaning house

I've just lost any/all passion I once had for the NFL anymore. I only participate here and by watching Steelers. Today I watched the red zone channel for the first time in weeks. Usually I can't be bothered with anything NFL outside Pittsburgh. Why I didn't know McaDoo was fired I guess. Or maybe I just don't give a fuck about anything else but Steelers. So yeah beth, I did drink my fair share of Brandy Eggnogs with the wifey today while preparing dinner. No excuses. I just don't like the NFL anymore.


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 Post subject: Re: Black Monday
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Jon Gruden to the Raiduhz....
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/2192 ... ship-stake


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 Post subject: Re: Black Monday
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Fire John Harbaugh, I mean when was the last time he even made the playoffs?

:lol: :lol: :lol:

People on this board would be calling for Tomlin's head if the roles were reversed.


True, and deservedly so.

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Steelafan77 wrote:
BethlehemSteel wrote:
COS wrote:

If you're serious, they did this a couple weeks ago

Must be the grog Steeler77 :lol:

Giants have already hired new gm and started cleaning house

I've just lost any/all passion I once had for the NFL anymore. I only participate here and by watching Steelers. Today I watched the red zone channel for the first time in weeks. Usually I can't be bothered with anything NFL outside Pittsburgh. Why I didn't know McaDoo was fired I guess. Or maybe I just don't give a fuck about anything else but Steelers. So yeah beth, I did drink my fair share of Brandy Eggnogs with the wifey today while preparing dinner. No excuses. I just don't like the NFL anymore.

Keep your chin up. Goofy owes Rooney #7

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FOx and Caldwell just got the boot

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 Post subject: Re: Black Monday
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Since I'm home nursing a hangover today might as well post some shit. :)

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#Ravens long-time coordinator Dean Pees tells me he's informing his team this morning that he's going to retire, effectively March 1. One of the great defensive minds steps away, and Baltimore has a big void. https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/947801720456806400
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According to breers and crapreport Matt Patricia, https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/947812234830450688 Mike Vrabel https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/ ... 7264734208 and Steve Wilks https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/947841836521017344 are all candidates for the Lions coaching vacancy.
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Three candidates the #Colts are expected to interview: #Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, #Chiefs OC Matt Nagy, #Chiefs ST coach Dave Toub. There will be others, of course.https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/947808870474403841
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Giants now have submitted requests to interview Patriots’ DC Matt Patricia and OC Josh McDaniels for their HC job, per source. This could be Patricia’s landing spot.https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status ... 9074393088
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 Post subject: Re: Black Monday
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thank goodness I wont have to listen to grudens annoying ass announcing any more! and his ass kissing segments! hes a prick..


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 Post subject: Re: Black Monday
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thank goodness I wont have to listen to grudens annoying ass announcing any more! and his ass kissing segments! hes a prick..

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 Post subject: Re: Black Monday
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No 'ToddTheWatcher' news bits yet?

Interesting Patricia and McCheatals into the Giants search, it's rumored it will be Belichick

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Cardinals’ HC Bruce Arians is expected to retire from coaching, per league sources. Leaving the game on his terms. Another HC vacancy expected. https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status ... 4378473474


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Cardinals’ HC Bruce Arians is expected to retire from coaching, per league sources. Leaving the game on his terms. Another HC vacancy expected. https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status ... 4378473474


B2B holding out hope that when Haley goes to the Cowboys, Brucie will return as OC. ;)

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Cardinals’ HC Bruce Arians is expected to retire from coaching, per league sources. Leaving the game on his terms. Another HC vacancy expected. https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status ... 4378473474


I think Haley gets an interview at Arizona. Once McDaniels gets hired or stays it will all shake out.

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Cardinals’ HC Bruce Arians is expected to retire from coaching, per league sources. Leaving the game on his terms. Another HC vacancy expected. https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status ... 4378473474


I think Haley gets an interview at Arizona. Once McDaniels gets hired or stays it will all shake out.

maybe gruden hires haley as offensive coordinater!!! he loves his smarts as he said on nationwide tv..


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Cardinals’ HC Bruce Arians is expected to retire from coaching, per league sources. Leaving the game on his terms. Another HC vacancy expected. https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status ... 4378473474


It’s official

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20 ... etirement/

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 Post subject: Re: Black Monday
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Bruce would be the perfect OC now that we have a line.

He's a one-trick guy but it's a hell of a trick when you have the talent.


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Agreed Tunch. Perhaps Ben can convince BA after re:Todd leaves for either dallas or arizona...


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With uncle brucie

Comes Qb hurts

I need to compile the man games lost to Palmer, Stanton and Gabbert he past 3 years

I think it’s staggering

He’s had health problems galore and I think he’s checking out for good now

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Another sign #AZCardinals coach Bruce Arians is retiring: Source says AZ put in a request for #Vikings OC Pat Shurmur. https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/947889066804211712


Total shame haley isn't getting Any requests. I fear either the Steelers or re:Todd himself have made it clear he is off the market.


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Steelers Head Coaches since 1969
Chuck Noll
Bill Cowher
Mike Tomlin

Raiders Head Coaches since 1969
John Madden
Tom Flores
Mike Shanahan
Art Shell
Mike White
Jon Bugel
John Gruden
Bill Callahan
Norv Turner
Art Shell
Lane Kiffin
Tom Cable
Hugh Jackson
Dennis Allen
Tony Sparano
Jack Del Rio
John Gruden?

Steelers had 3 Coaches. The Raiders had 17 Head Coaches, in addition to Changing Cities multiple times. Imagine how much it would suck to be a Raiders fan.


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Capers might be interesting as a consultant.


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Capers might be interesting as a consultant.

If they look at anyone I rather they interview Kevin Greene. Not as DC but as Position Coach. Wish they'd look at another DB's coach/assistant as well. Fresh eyes at both positions could result in serious improvement.


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Add another name to the #Lions head coaching search. I'm told they put in a request to interview longtime #Packers assistant Winston Moss. https://twitter.com/TomPelissero/status ... 2394649602

Not sure what the Steelers policy is about assistant coaches and interviews while still playing in the postseason. That said, the consensus out on the street is they won't allow it (distraction) as long as they're still playing for a Super Bowl. So with that a real case scenario re:Todd may miss the boat(s) as far as interviews go.


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Total shame haley isn't getting Any requests. I fear either the Steelers or re:Todd himself have made it clear he is off the market.



Or Todd Haley sucks and PIT is the only team that doesn't realize it.

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Cardinals have requested permission to talk to Munchak about head job....we should send Haley instead. — Per CrapReport


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Capers might be interesting as a consultant.

If they look at anyone I rather they interview Kevin Greene. Not as DC but as Position Coach. Wish they'd look at another DB's coach/assistant as well. Fresh eyes at both positions could result in serious improvement.


Agree about a fresh look positionally, particularly for those two positions, but a set of eyes like Capers' to look at the overall scheme couldn't hurt, either.


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#AZCardinals have put in some interview requests as they try to replace Bruce Arians: #Eagles DC Jim Schwartz & #Patriots DC Matt Patricia. https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/947904756760104960
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Another sign #AZCardinals coach Bruce Arians is retiring: Source says AZ put in a request for #Vikings OC Pat Shurmur. https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/947889066804211712


Total shame haley isn't getting Any requests. I fear either the Steelers or re:Todd himself have made it clear he is off the market.


I think the truth is a bit more obvious. He just isn’t a good candidate.


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Can we PLEASE kill two birds with one stone? I say we start the Haley to the Bengals rumor right here and now.

Haley out the door after the season and the Bengals maintain fighting the Browns and the Ravens for the bottom half of the division for the next forever.

To me; it would be a Steeler match made in heaven.

I think Butler is much more of a problem over Haley, 10X.


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Would hate to lose Munchak. He’s the only coach worth a damn


:?

Mike Tomlin, Keith Butler, Richard Mann, John Mitchell, Randy Fitchner...

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TB wrote:
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Would hate to lose Munchak. He’s the only coach worth a damn


:?

Mike Tomlin, Keith Butler, Richard Mann, John Mitchell, Randy Fitchner...

Keith Butler?
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Would hate to lose Munchak. He’s the only coach worth a damn


:?

Mike Tomlin, Keith Butler, Richard Mann, John Mitchell, Randy Fitchner...

Keith Butler?
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Butler has done a decent job imo, his defense was outstanding with Shazier and Haden both playing, led the league in sacks and set a franchise record. Losing Shazier has hurt the defense big time, but we are still winning games. Look at the Cowboys record without Sean Lee to see how much losing a big time ILB can hurt a team.


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I am sorry but those that think Haley will ever get a head coaching job are just delusional, no offense but did you not hear about everything that he did, said, while in KC?

He accused KC of bugging his office. Of undermining him, he made such an ass of himself, he became so hated that even his family was targeted. His wife had a rat put in her salad at McDonalds if I remember that right?

His relationship with Kansas City was so bizarre, so twisted that KC actually tried to get out from paying him the final year on his contract when they fired him. Head Coaching contracts are guaranteed, you still have to pay a coach if they have one year, two years left, etc.

Now, what in any of that makes anybody think that another NFL team would consider Todd Haley as a head coach?

He is just an offensive coordinator and that is all he will ever be, he had his chance and he blew it. He conducted himself in such a poor fashion as a head coach for KC that it has tainted him, stained him, he will probably will never be a head coach ever again.

It pains me that we have this dumbass as our OC, I so wish they would promote Fitchner and send Haley packing.

On another note, I want no part of Dom Capers in a consulting role or otherwise. We need consultants all right but more to the point we need some fresh faces, some new blood that has experience with 4-3 defenses, with man to man coverages. Capers doesn't help with that, all he does is bring more of the same tired Dick LeBeau concepts. I want Tomlin to bring in 4-3 guys to help evolve this defense. He did bring in Dwight Smith or was it Dexter Jackson?, a DB of his back in his Tampa Bay days to help with the secondary one offseason. We need more of that. Bring in a Shelton Quarles or a Simeon Rice to help the LBers and DL. Or better yet, you have two coaches for the LBers in Porter and Olsavsky, why not have two coaches for the DL? Give John Mitchell an assistant who is more experienced with 4-3 defenses? With developing pass rushing techniques? Why do our guys have to go to places in the off season like Chuck Smith's camp/clinic to learn this stuff?

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Would hate to lose Munchak. He’s the only coach worth a damn


Well, can he throw a challenge flag?


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I am sorry but those that think Haley will ever get a head coaching job are just delusional, no offense but did you not hear about everything that he did, said, while in KC?

He accused KC of bugging his office. Of undermining him, he made such an ass of himself, he became so hated that even his family was targeted. His wife had a rat put in her salad at McDonalds if I remember that right?

His relationship with Kansas City was so bizarre, so twisted that KC actually tried to get out from paying him the final year on his contract when they fired him. Head Coaching contracts are guaranteed, you still have to pay a coach if they have one year, two years left, etc.

Now, what in any of that makes anybody think that another NFL team would consider Todd Haley as a head coach?

He is just an offensive coordinator and that is all he will ever be, he had his chance and he blew it. He conducted himself in such a poor fashion as a head coach for KC that it has tainted him, stained him, he will probably will never be a head coach ever again.

It pains me that we have this dumbass as our OC, I so wish they would promote Fitchner and send Haley packing.


Scunge, the rat thing was while he was in Dallas w/ Parcells I believe. I agree about what happened w/ the KC job and no one will put him in charge of another team ever again unless its somewhere like maybe Cleveland. Factor in him yelling and cussing @ the franchise QB who has gone on the record that "he does this all the time but you guys don't see it." so I don't see him getting much else after this gig.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:29 am 
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I am sorry but those that think Haley will ever get a head coaching job are just delusional, no offense but did you not hear about everything that he did, said, while in KC?

He accused KC of bugging his office. Of undermining him, he made such an ass of himself, he became so hated that even his family was targeted. His wife had a rat put in her salad at McDonalds if I remember that right?

His relationship with Kansas City was so bizarre, so twisted that KC actually tried to get out from paying him the final year on his contract when they fired him. Head Coaching contracts are guaranteed, you still have to pay a coach if they have one year, two years left, etc.

Now, what in any of that makes anybody think that another NFL team would consider Todd Haley as a head coach?

He is just an offensive coordinator and that is all he will ever be, he had his chance and he blew it. He conducted himself in such a poor fashion as a head coach for KC that it has tainted him, stained him, he will probably will never be a head coach ever again.

It pains me that we have this dumbass as our OC, I so wish they would promote Fitchner and send Haley packing.

On another note, I want no part of Dom Capers in a consulting role or otherwise. We need consultants all right but more to the point we need some fresh faces, some new blood that has experience with 4-3 defenses, with man to man coverages. Capers doesn't help with that, all he does is bring more of the same tired Dick LeBeau concepts. I want Tomlin to bring in 4-3 guys to help evolve this defense. He did bring in Dwight Smith or was it Dexter Jackson?, a DB of his back in his Tampa Bay days to help with the secondary one offseason. We need more of that. Bring in a Shelton Quarles or a Simeon Rice to help the LBers and DL. Or better yet, you have two coaches for the LBers in Porter and Olsavsky, why not have two coaches for the DL? Give John Mitchell an assistant who is more experienced with 4-3 defenses? With developing pass rushing techniques? Why do our guys have to go to places in the off season like Chuck Smith's camp/clinic to learn this stuff?


I thought the same regarding Capers. Same reason I can’t stand Butler anymore. Wish you would be the consultant!


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Oh, I wish I could be a consultant, Suwanee88.

I just think it is so ironic that people keep wanting/waiting for Bud Dupree to emerge as that double digit sack man, or want more sacks from Watt, but we just set the single season team sack record with 56!

You look at the breakdown of those sacks:

Defensive Line 23 sacks
Outside Linebackers 17 sacks
Inside Linebackers 10 sacks
Cornerbacks 5 sacks
Safeties 1 sack

Only 30% of your sacks came from your OLBs!!! And just 23% of those sacks came from your starting OLBs.

Interior pressure is everything, it is the fastest way to the QB. This season you had Cam Hayward as one of the best interior pass rushers in the NFL, his 11 sacks were right there at the top. Then you look at what Vince Williams was able to do, his 8 sacks were better than either Watt or Dupree! Then the mighty mite Mike Hilton was often used as that 4th rusher, blitzing from anywhere and everywhere, and he was up near the league leaders in terms of blitzing/pass rushing among defensive backs. Those 3 players accounted for 24 sacks, a DE/DT, an ILB and a 3rd CB/Nickelback.

Now, people can argue with me all they want, but what Butler did this year, is it really that far off from a 4-3 defense? The way he utilized TJ Watt in particular, and also Bud Dupree, weren't they playing as if they were in a 4-3 defense? They were dropping into coverage more then ever before, Watt was dropping almost 40% of the time. That is not your typical 3-4 OLB production. In fact the way Watt and Dupree were used this year is more like a 4-3 OLB.

And yet, 56 sacks? Hargrave and Tuitt have so much potential as sack artists. They only contributed 5 sacks this season. I have to believe that a true 4-3 defense where you feature and exploit the talent along the defensive line would enable this team to be even more productive. All you really need is 6 good/great defensive linemen for a rotation. Many would have you believe that it takes 7,8,9 really good players to make up the defensive line in a 4-3. Baloney.

You look at Minnesota, they play a 4-3 and they rotate 3 DEs and 3 DTs. That is it, yeah, they have more defensive linemen than just 6 but those 6 are getting the vast majority of the snaps.

I remember the Seattle Seahawks when Kieth Butler played ILB for them. That team was a 3-4 defense but they did not use their OLBs as pass rushers. No, they relied on Jeff Bryant, Joe Nash and Jacob Green, the defensive line to generate the pass rush, and those 3 defensive linemen, collectively combined for almost 200 sacks. It has to be funny for Butler, almost like Back to the Future for him, as the defense he is currently coaching is eerily similar to what he played under in Seattle all those years ago.

Yes! That is what I want too. I want Javon Hargrave to be like NT Joe Nash and have 7, 8 and 9 sacks for a season. Cam Heyward is already producing like Jacob Green and Jeff Bryant did. Tuitt can and will join Cam if given a chance.

The strength of this team is the defensive line. The strength of Colbert recently is the ability to draft and find defensive linemen. Ziggy Hood and Cam Thomas aside, you look at the track record of Heyward, Tuitt, Hargrave, the development of Walton and bringing in Alualu. What is more realistic, Colbert being able to add another Heyward, Tuitt, Hargrave to the defensive line, or finding the next Von Miller?

This team is 90% of the way there to switching to a 4-3 defense, all it would take is one off season of acquiring more players in the draft and free agency. But they also need to shake up the coaching, they need to bring in say two more assistant coaches, one for the secondary to help Carnell Lake and one for the defensive line to help John Mitchell, that are more versed in the 4-3.

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