Last night on The Big J-O Show( actual title, you can't make that stuff up big J O), Ogden was commenting on playing the Steelers. One thing I found interesting was his opinion of how our D should play them to be successful. He said'" Pittsburgh should just play a more conventional style of D. Instead of trying all these different blitz schemes, and blocking stunts. We know that is coming, but if they just played heads up straight D we would probably have more trouble. "
I thought at first, well that is what makes Steelers D so strong, constant confusion of the offense. Then he made this point: " I have played these guys like 20 times, many of our players have played the Steelers alot. When you play a team so much , you get to know what to expect. We expect 43 to be all over the place and , corners and linebackers blitzing. The suprises have all been planned for. If they played more of a regular D, but LeBeau won't, we would have a more difficult game as we have not prepped for that. In the end we know Dick Lebeau is Dick Lebeau, and we can continue to prepare like we have."
After listening to all that, I figured he had some valid points.
I think a more of a traditional scheme on D might be in order.
We have better players, better matchups, and they have a lot of key questions. I think our better guys lined up man to man with their guys, in the most vanilla of D's have a great advantage. The Bills didn't run any intricate scheme(14pts), or the Browns(13 pts), or even the mighty 9ers D (9pts). It appears that it does not take a herculean effort to shut these cats down.
I have to believe there is some truth to what the Big J-O says, look at the historical problems we have had in these games. Lots more than lesser teams have with them.
Maybe I am wrong. But I believe we are a better defensive team than the Browns, 9ers, and Bills. If we ran the same vanilla D they did, with our better personell, we win bigger. Right?
But the best decision will be made, I am confident. That is why our Defensive Guru is Dick Lebeau not GoBenGeau!
Thank for listening, comfortable couch.