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Steelers Mailbag: Will the Steelers ever switch to a 4-3 defense?

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We wanted your questions, and you provided plenty. Take a look at some of the questions, with our answers, in the first BTSC Steelers Mailbag of the season.

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Tuesday on Twitter we posted a simple request for some questions surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers and the upcoming 2015 season. We received far more than we expected, so we selected a few and will answer them in this article. Look for more 'BTSC Steelers Mailbag' sessions in the future by following us on Twitter (@btsteelcurtain).

From: Vino (@Depeche_Recknor)

Q: Will the Steeleres always stay in the 3-4 defensive scheme? What could happen to make them do so?

A: There has been a great deal of talk about the Steelers moving from the 3-4 to a 4-3 since Mike Tomlin took over as head coach. He coached the 4-3 while the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, but as Tomlin has said for years, he will coach the system which best suits his players. A switch from the 3-4 to the 4-3 is not as many seem believe. The Steelers have been drafting players who fit the 3-4 scheme for years, and to change such a system would take many years of transition. A transition period which isn't often acceptable in today's NFL standards anymore. With the team promoting Keith Butler as their new defensive coordinator, the 3-4 will be here to stay for years to come; however, if you watch the Steelers defensive packages, sub packages are used almost more than the base defense. So, in a sense, the team has transitioned away from the 3-4, just not to the 4-3 defense.

From: Mega - Berry (@BBibler1970)

Q: Do you think that (DeAngelo) Williams could be good enough to create a 1-2 punch like he was in Carolina or just fill the rest needs?

A: I believe DeAngelo Williams is still capable of being successful in the NFL, but the question is do the Steelers want him to be a 1-2 punch back, or just someone to take some carries away from Le'Veon Bell. The answer, in my opinion, is they don't want anyone to take away from the versatility Bell brings to the team. Nonetheless, Williams is more than capable of proving his worth, and will have the perfect stage to do so in the first three games of the season while Bell is suspended. If he plays well, he could see more carries when Bell returns. After all, Bell getting more breaks throughout the game will only keep him rested and healthier down the stretch. However, if the Steelers will deploy a backfield like Williams had with Jonathan Stewart in Carolina? I don't think so.

From: Alex (@Steel_dlc24)

Q: What are the possibilities of the Steelers keeping only 2 quarterbacks?

A: Steelers fans are not fans of Landry Jones, and rightfully so. The man hasn't shown any promise in his first two seasons in the NFL, but your question is a good one. After Ben Roethlisberger and Bruce Gradkowski the Steelers are looking at Jones, Tajh Boyd and a mixture of Devin Gardner and Tyler Murhpy. If the team isn't in love with any of the possibilities for the No. 3 QB spot, going with only two quarterbacks is an option. However, the Steelers rarely go into a season without a No. 3 QB. Whether it was Dennis Dixon, Charlie Batch or Brian St. Pierre, there was always someone able to step in who knows the system if Roethlisberger and his back-up went down. Sure, the team could try to put someone like Murphy on the practice squad, but it is a risky move. If I were a betting man I'd bet against the Steelers carrying only 2 QBs into the 2015 season.

From: Fritz (@fritztheyodelor)

Q: What if (let's hope not) Mr. Pouncey suffers an injury? Who steps in?

A: The versatile Cody Wallace would take over for the team, just as he did in 2013 when Pouncey was lost for the year and Fernando Velasco was also injured. Other than Wallace, Beachum has taken snaps at center, but the thought of moving your anchor at left tackle to center would be a disaster. The team could also look at UDFA rookie B.J. Finney who was a center at Kansas State to help fill in.

From: Heather (@SteelersGal86)

Q: Who leads the team in sacks and interceptions this year?

A: With sacks I feel it could be spread evenly among several players, but I will go with someone not being talked about too often. Arthur Moats. Moats has proven he can get to the quarterback when on the field, and he will have plenty of opportunity to do so as he is the likely starter at the left OLB position. For fun, I'll give Moats 10 sacks in 2015. As for interceptions, I will go with William Gay. Gay has a knack for being in the right place at the right time, but it will be between Gay and Cortez Allen for who brings down the most INTs in 2015. I'll say Gay finishes with 5, while Allen has 4 in a close second place.

Thanks for the questions folks! Look for another 'BTSC Steelers Mailbag' next week!