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Steelers & the 3-Tight End Set

So I was really intrigued by some of the Steelers offseason moves with both Leonard Pope and Will Johnson.

Then I came across this article about the 3-tight end set and the future of the NFL:

http://www.footballtimes.org/Article.asp?ID=218

Now, granted, what this dude is saying is a bit radical and crazy, (as in the 3-tight end set will revolutionize the NFL like the West Coast offense did), however, notice how this guy has actually been strangely prophetic:

1. First of all notice that this was written in 2009, one year before the Patriots drafted Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

2. Secondly, notice that he lists 3 teams that are the farthest ahead in embracing this idea: New England, Denver, and Pittsburgh. (Remember this was BEFORE New England drafted Gronk and Hernandez).

3. Thirdly, hasn't it been obvious that we have had a fixation on TE's? I mean, i thought it was a BA thing, but this off-season has proved me wrong, the Steelers are going with the TE philosophy--and as New England has shown us, it can work REALLY WELL if you have the Personell.

4. Even though we have tried to get TE's, the personell hasn't obviously worked out. Let's face it. Spaeth was a bust. Plus, we never had a guy like Danny Woodhead on our team to really make use of the TE's. Now we do (Rainey).

5. I don't see a big correlation with Denver, but they are drafting TE's, not sure any more than other teams though. They are also very interested in Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme in FA, but that has more to do with Peyton Manning than anything probably.

6. The magic behind the 3 tight end set is mismatches. This is what the NFL is all about anymore. Mismatches and smoke and mirrors. Kind a sad to see the days when the NFL was all about grit and straight up physicallity, but it's not anymore. One neat thing about this is that he predicts this shifts much of the focus of the offense from the QB and WR's to the RB's and TE's like the days of old.

What do you think? Coincidence or could this guy be on to something?

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