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PostSubject: Stephon Tuitt is a Force to be Reckoned With   Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:33 pm

Stephon Tuitt is a Force to be Reckoned With

September 9, 2016
By Jon Ledyard

The advent of high-octane offenses have changed the way teams build their defenses. The 46 defense is a largely a relic as nickel and dime packages have become ubiquitous. Jon Ledyard breaks down the impact that defensive end Stephon Tuitt has had for the Pittsburgh Steelers pass defense.

Since the turn of the century, the ever-growing prevalence of zone blocking schemes across the collegiate and NFL landscapes have changed the way offensive linemen are evaluated and valued. Where hulking people-movers were once desired across the board, athleticism and movement skills are now at a premium. The 2016 NFL Draft offered evidence of this fact, as slow-moving, big-bodied offensive linemen like Vadal Alexander, Sebastian Tretola, and Spencer Drango all fell to the draft’s third day, while traditionally undersized, yet athletic guards like Joe Thuney, Cody Whitehair, and Isaac Seumalo all went off the board by the middle of the third round.

As this transition continues, so does one on the opposing side of the ball. The overwhelming dominance of nickel packages in the passing league of the NFL have led to the decline of the nose tackle position in favor of putting more versatile, athletic defensive linemen on the field at all times. Range and short-area quickness have never been more valued up front, as defensive coordinators work diligently to compete with the evolving type of player coming their way across the trenches.

If you were sculpting the ideal modern 3-4 defensive end, your finished product would probably look a lot like Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt. Blessed with incredible size at 6’5”, 305 pounds, Tuitt’s range and ability to play sideline-to-sideline sets him apart in a league searching for more players who offer his abundance of tantalizing traits.

Tuitt (#91) aligns himself as a tilted 3 technique on this play from a preseason matchup with New Orleans, playing off the outside shoulder of Saints right guard Andrus Peat (#75). New Orleans runs outside zone to the right, and Peat is charged with reaching Tuitt’s playside shoulder to seal the defensive end inside...

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PostSubject: Re: Stephon Tuitt is a Force to be Reckoned With   Sun Sep 11, 2016 8:39 am

Let's hope him and Cam get some pressure on Cousins.
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PostSubject: Re: Stephon Tuitt is a Force to be Reckoned With   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:33 pm

Hargrave too

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PostSubject: Re: Stephon Tuitt is a Force to be Reckoned With   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:37 pm

on an aside, Steve McLendon already has 2 sacks in the first half against the Bungals...

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PostSubject: Re: Stephon Tuitt is a Force to be Reckoned With   Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:06 pm

Steelers intent on returning to era of Blitzburgh

Ralph N. Paulk | Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

Linebacker James Harrison has been around long enough to realize a great defense isn't built on paper.

“Right now, we'll see where we're at in the first game because many of us didn't play much in the preseason,” Harrison said. “We have an idea, but I feel like we haven't achieved anything yet because achievement isn't anything until you hold up the Lombardi (Trophy).”

The Steelers begin the regular season on “Monday Night Football” at Washington with what could be a prime-time defense. It's a young, seemingly talent-rich unit challenged mostly by its lofty expectations of rekindling the Blitzburgh era.

“I would call this defense complete because we have playmakers at every level,” linebacker Vince Williams said. “It's something you rarely see in the NFL today. We believe we have a great front four, so we'll let those guys go free, then mix it with some blitzes, as well. We have the personnel to do a multitude of things.”

The Steelers went to training camp with the idea of being more aggressive. The plan is to blitz more, but they also are convinced the front can apply pressure on its own.

While Harrison isn't ready to boast, inside linebacker Ryan Shazier can't contain his enthusiasm.

“I think we are a fast, smart defense,” said Shazier, second on the team last season with 87 tackles. “We have all the key pieces to establish a great defense. We have more of an idea what we're trying to do than last year. It's amazing how much better we are.

“So many people can get to the ball at once. But it's also about the want-to and the willingness to be the best. It's going to be hard for people to take that away from us.”

Shazier said the strength of the defense is speed. He doesn't expect to lose much even with second-year linebacker Bud Dupree out with a groin injury, in part, because an experienced Arthur Moats is a more-than-capable replacement.

“We've taken great strides through the preseason, so we're very confident,” Moats said. “We've got a lot of experience as a group. I feel like we're ready to show it consistently.”

The Steelers defense would like to establish a more consistent pass rush. They'll need to get after Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, who broke several Redskins passing records in 2015.

“We'll show everyone what we're about on Monday — that we are an aggressive team,” defensive end Stephon Tuitt said. “We'll do whatever it takes to disrupt a play anywhere on the football field.”

Defensive coordinator Keith Butler hopes he can aggressively rush without blitzing. It's the desired option for defensive ends Cam Heyward and Tuitt, who put up identical numbers in 2015: 39 unassisted tackles and 15 assists, and a combined 13 1⁄2 sacks.

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PostSubject: Re: Stephon Tuitt is a Force to be Reckoned With   Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:34 am

Time to see what this defense is made of. Shut down the run and make Cousins have rushed throws and that will definitely help out the offense.

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