Do you recall when Mike Tomlin was hired in 2007 and all the talk was around the Steelers
potentially switching to a 4-3 defense because that's what Tomlin had coached in stints with the Vikings
Rightly so, the Steelers stuck with the 3-4 and have continued to perform at an extremely high level. But is this the year that the Steelers make the switch to the 4-3 based on personnel?
Let's consider a 3-4 lineup that looks like this:
DL: Hood - McClendon - Keisel (Former 1st rounder Heyward gets some rotational duty)
LB: Woodley - Foote - Timmons - Worilds (Stevenson, Spence???, Carter, Robinson)
Or of 4-3 lineup that looks like this:
DL: Woodley - McClendon - Hood - Worilds (Keisel and Heyward are rotational as lots of bodies are needed to keep the pressure on. On obvious passing downs we could deploy Carter and or Robinson - whoever steps up this year)
LB: Timmons - Foote - Stevenson (Spence???, Carter, Robinson, 1st or 2nd round pick)
-If Spence was healthy I could see this as a really strong front seven, however his health going into the 2013 season is a major question mark.
I believe that the defensive coaches will have a lot to think about when it comes to figuring out how to keep the best players on the field throughout the game and I anticipate that we'll stay in a 3-4 base, but that you'll see much more 4-3 or Nickel (4 down linemen) on the field than we're accustomed to seeing.
I'd like to get your thoughts. Am I crazy?