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Would 2012 Defensive Changes Help?


WILL ANY OF IT EVEN MATTER?

Now we are all glad the 2011 Steelers finished with the number one ranked defense in the NFL (yards and PPG) but I can't find anyone who wouldn't trade that for a 2011 AFC North division title and first round bye. After all, the Ravens have a 25% chance at making the Super Bowl while the Steelers have only 16.7% chance. Add the injury that is playing the 8-8 Broncos, then the salt of having the game be in Denver when you are four games better than the seed above you and you get insult to injury. We are all realistic and understand that it will take not only Pittsburgh winning two on the road to open the playoffs but the Bengals going to New England to lay down an upset larger than I have ever seen to even have a sliver of hope to have a home playoff game. Now what if the defense had been a little better? Yes I said better. Would the team have had more sacks, more forced turnovers, or allowed fewer rush yards? You can argue that all phases needed to be better to beat Baltimore once or even overcome a poor showing by the offense in San Francisco. To accomplish this all Steelers fans know changes will have to occur to improve the statistics that lead to more wins, less bend but don't break. The assignment is to give me your best 25 man roster using the current players, any logical free agents, and some draft picks. To keep it fair you may only use five draft picks and nothing realistic is off limits. Mine is a good example and listed bellow since it has some players moving positions and others being released or retired. Good luck, 2012 will depend on it. Please mark starters with an * and have the positions separated, when needed.

DE:

Ziggy Hood*

James Harrison*

Cameron Heyward

Rookie DE

NT:

Brett Keisel*

Steve McLendon

Rookie DT

OLB:

LaMarr Woodley*

Lawrence Timmons*

Rookie OLB

MLB:

Jason Worilds*

Chris Carter/Stevenson Sylvester*

Larry Foote

Rookie MLB

CB:

Ike Taylor*

Keenan Lewis*

Bryant McFadden

Rookie CB

Cortez Allen

Curtis Brown

Safety:

Ryan Clark*

Troy Polamalu*

Ryan Mundy

Rookie FS/SS

Minus:

NT Casey Hampton

DE Aaron Smith

NT Chris Hoke

MLB James Farrior

CB William Gay

FS Will Allen

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