Harrison is going to be out for a while and that means Timmons is switching over to OLB. Timmons has proven that he can be dominant in coverage and the run game. What if he exhibits that same dominance as a pass rusher, so much so that he makes the Steelers question putting him back in the middle?
Couple this with the fact that the defense is aging: Casey Hampton and Aaron Smith both seem to be at the ends of their careers and one or both may be off the roster come next season. Farrior is also showing his age and will not be around forever. With a lack of depth in the middle, this could strike a serious blow to the 34 defense.
Now, what if the season falls apart and the Steelers end up picking in the front end of the draft where miraculously, a complete stud 4-3 lineman is available to them: Do the Steelers draft this lineman and make the transition to a 4-3?
We know that Tomlin has a history with the 4-3, and there is the potential that players that are already on the roster could excel in the 43 package. If everything fell into place, would you be in favor of switching to the 4-3?