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Has the game passed Dick Lebeau?

 

 

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"Sorry I can't hear you over the din of all of my awards clanking"


 

I'm not trying to be inflammatory... but I read a reader's response to Bob Smizik's blog, and it surprised me. Here is the reply (edited slightly):

 by SteelVa, September 01, 2011 - 08:30 AM

 

The [Steelers] major, massive weakness is that of the The Great Almighty Lord and Deity of Defensive Caoching, Dick LeBeau. 

People remain mired in the PAST. LeBeu did this in 1960, did that in 1073, did this in 1984, blah blah blah. NONE of that matters in the HERE AND NOW. 

The here and NOW is this: LeBeau is capable of defending the dregs, the stumble-bums, and the incompetent offenses of the NFL. He can shut down the Carolina Panthers and Jimmy Claussen quite well. LeBeau "shuts down the run" which means NOTHING when the opposing QB throws for 300 yards, 3 TDS, and ZERO INT's and ZERO FF's. "Stuffing the run" is every bit as meaningless as a MLB manager crowing about "we stopped them from stealing bases" after a 12-1 shellacking. 

What Dick LeBeau has shown a total INability to do, is slow down, much less stop, a passing offense of ANY competence. We're constantly bombarded with tales regaling us about LeBeau's "clever, diabolical schemes and disguises". Yeah, sure. 5 years ago, it was nice. Now, it's pure folly...a total FARCE. There were no schemss, disguises, or cleverness last season when getting CARVED APART by the Pats, Saints, Jets (twice), and Packers. 

...Quite obviously, opponents have adjusted to The Supreme Lord's defensive schemes. to the point where he generates ZERO pressure and allows receivers to roam wild and free. 

The fact that Dick has been entirely too inept, ignorant, stubborn, or all 3, to ADJUST to stop those spread passing offense, speaks volumes. It's high time for The Great Deity to retire. 

One can quibble and sugarcoat and rationalize all he wants. The facts are stark, and head-in-the-sand thinking does nothing to address the real problem. 

I'm interested what the rest of BTSC think about this rant? 

I'll go first:

Dear Mr. SteelVa:

You clearly know nothing about football.

The 3-4 Zone blitz was invented in part by Dick LeBeau, and in part by others such as Dom Capers. Since I don't expect you to know football well enough to recognize that last name, let me help you: Dom Capers is the Defensive Coordinator for the the Green Bay Packers, and former Dick LeBeau protege.

In other words, the two defenses on display in last year's Super Bowl were almost mirror images of each other. How's that for the here and now? In 2008, the Steelers also faced a team that was trying to be their mirror image, the Arizona Cardinals. So, Mr. SteelVa, not only are the teams in the NFL attempting to copy Dick LeBeau's system, those that do it well are having success.

Including the Pittsburgh Steelers. Allow me to help you out, since I am not sure that you can run Google.

Pittsburgh's defense over the last six years is arguably the best in the NFL. A few years in there, it was ranked number one in almost every category... but if you average it out over the past six years, you will find none statistically better. The Steelers, not coincidentally, have also been to more Super Bowls (3) and won more (2) in the past six years than any other team. If you count Green Bay's win as a win for Dick LeBeau's defensive system... then 4 of the last 6 Super Bowls were won by 3-4 Defenses employing the fire blitz packages designed by Dick Lebeau.

Which begs the question... what have you been doing for the past 6 years? Because it sure hasn't been watching football...

Dick Lebeau's defense... by the numbers:

 

2007

Ranked 1st overall with 266.4 yards allowed per game.

Ranked 3rd against the pass with 176.5 yards allowed per game.

Ranked 3rd against the run with 89.9 yards allowed per game.

 

2008 

Ranked 1st overall with 237.2 yards allowed per game.

Ranked 1st against the pass with 156.9 yards allowed per game.

Ranked 2nd against the run with 80.2 yards allowed per game.

 

2009 

Ranked 5th overall with 305.3 yards allowed per game.

Ranked 16th against the pass with 215.4 yards allowed per game.

Ranked 3rd against the run with 89.9 yards allowed per game.

 

 

2010 

Ranked 2nd overall with 271 yards allowed per game.

Ranked 1st against the pass with 14.5 Passing points allowed per game.

Ranked 1st against the run with 62.8 yards allowed per game.


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