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DanRooney
08-13-2010, 03:51 AM
Steelers begin prepping for opposing 4-3 defenses
By Mark Kaboly, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, August 12, 2010

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_694536.html

Bruce Arians promised the Steelers will run the ball better this year. To do that, his offense is doing things they have never done before in training camp.

Because the Steelers struggled getting a running game going against 4-3 defensive fronts a year ago and have 10 games against teams that use four down linemen and three linebackers this year, they are preparing themselves now.

The offense spent a good portion of Wednesday morning's practice running team drills against a 4-3 front to get the players used to the look.

Not only was it the first time this camp they have done such a thing, it was the first time they have ever worked on it during practice.

"In years past, we wouldn't even practice it," Arians said. "We would just go play them. It is a real disadvantage to the offensive line."

The Steelers' offense goes up against their 3-4 defense every day during practice. When the games come around against teams that don't run that front, they are at a disadvantage.

"It is very hard for these guys to see a 3-4 blitzing defense the entire spring and the entire camp, and then go up against an entirely different defense, especially the assignment part of it in the running game," Arians said.

Seven of the Steelers' worst rushing performances a year ago came against 4-3 teams. Their five best rushing days (202 against Miami, 177 against San Diego, 173 against Denver, 152 against Baltimore, 140 against Cleveland) came against the 3-4.

"We don't get to see that defense (4-3) that much," right guard Trai Essex said. "It is not a big adjustment, but it is good that we are doing this during practice."

The offense doesn't necessarily practice the techniques of a penetrating 4-3 defense during drills, but more along the lines of what to expect out of the defense.

"If you don't practice against it, then you aren't going to get better," tackle Max Starks said.

The Steelers will get a good look at the 4-3 during preseason. Three of their four exhibition opponents run the front — Detroit, the New York Giants and Carolina — and the Steelers open the season with three consecutive games against 4-3 teams — Atlanta, Tennessee and Tampa Bay.

"We usually throw the ball pretty well in those situations, but it is something we feel that we have to address," Arians said.

Layin the wood
08-13-2010, 09:11 AM
Arians should know that most teams in the NFL run the 4-3 defense so you better be able to block against it! The OL already knows how to block the 3-4 so i dont think you really need to prepare for it as much. Get them ready now while its still pre-season.

coldrolled
08-13-2010, 09:12 AM
we blame our OL players...... arians says this:

"In years past, we wouldn't even practice it," Arians said. "We would just go play them. It is a real disadvantage to the offensive line."

Fire Him!

HUNT4SEVEN
08-13-2010, 02:10 PM
we blame our OL players...... arians says this:

"In years past, we wouldn't even practice it," Arians said. "We would just go play them. It is a real disadvantage to the offensive line."

Fire Him!

Exactly what i said:banging:...even if u don't see it often u should know the basic blocking schemes for it :duh:

Lunchbucket
08-13-2010, 02:21 PM
this is professional football,preparation is essential,weather you face a 3-4 or 4-3 or whatever.Can't say I understand the logic of no prepparation.

Goodfrom55
08-13-2010, 06:47 PM
Whatever 4-3 the Steelers face in pre-season will pale in comparison to the 4-3 they will in the regular season. However, seeing it, building some kind of confidence against it to develop assignments, get used to penetrating DL, should prove to be a good learning tool even if the defenses in the pre-season are largely vanilla in nature.

Real Deal Steel
08-14-2010, 02:23 AM
Arians, more and more each day gathers more and more negative sentiment towards himself. It's one thing to be stupid by not even practicing against 4-3 defenses, it's even MORE stupid to admit it to everyone!!!

I've heard enough from him. I want Arains gone!! He's not a great OC and he's obviously stupid as a bag of rocks.

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MattyVfromCT
08-14-2010, 08:52 AM
Arians, more and more each day gathers more and more negative sentiment towards himself. It's one thing to be stupid by not even practicing against 4-3 defenses, it's even MORE stupid to admit it to everyone!!!

I've heard enough from him. I want Arains gone!! He's not a great OC and he's obviously stupid as a bag of rocks.

cosigned on every single point you made. that is just ridiculous