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PostSubject: Mike Tomlin explains James Harrison's lack of playing time   Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:42 pm

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On Sunday morning, Steelers.com published a Q and A between Bob Labriola and Mike Tomlin that included Pittsburgh's coach explaining why Harrison has played in just 29 snaps this season. In short, Tomlin explained that the current evolution of offensive schemes has called for his linebackers to be more versatile as opposed to just being pass rushers.

"Without question," Tomlin said when asked if his outside linebackers' roles have evolved since he took over as head coach back in 2007. "And it’s evolved within the last decade, since I’ve been here. Outside linebacker was a rush-man’s position in the early part of my tenure. Guys like LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison were defensive-end-like. They rushed the vast majority of the time.

"With the evolution of spread football, read-option football, RPOs as the college guys call it -- run-pass options -- and all the empty backfield stuff, it has become a hybrid position, where they’re asked to do a lot of things: rush, drop in zone, play man-to-man. I just think it’s part of the evolution of football, and I think (outside linebackers) are the most significant components to the adjustments that defenses have made.

"That’s why 10 years ago, there were maybe three or four 3-4 teams in the NFL, and that’s why probably half the teams in the NFL now are 3-4 teams. You better have that flexibility in terms of getting people on their feet and playing on their feet, because of the perimeter game, the spread game, and the RPO game."
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PostSubject: Re: Mike Tomlin explains James Harrison's lack of playing time   Sun Dec 24, 2017 8:16 pm

wow no comments ? i've seen people complaining about the lack of sacks from the OLB starters..

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Tomlin was then asked if that explains why Harrison hasn't received many snaps this season. Labriola.

"Or also why Bud Dupree doesn’t have 12 sacks or why T.J. Watt doesn’t have 12 sacks," he said. "That position probably is being redefined in a lot of ways by the game. Some of the plays we’ve seen T.J. Watt make in the passing game this year -- the big-time interception in Cleveland in his first NFL game, the big-time breakup he had against Jordy Nelson in the Green Bay game a few weeks back -- and 10 years ago you never would’ve seen LaMarr Woodley even in a position to make those plays. That’s just the evolution of football. I laugh a lot of times when people ask me, what’s wrong with the production of our outside linebackers? It lets me know these people don’t understand the evolution of the game of football, and I politely answer in some way."
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PostSubject: Re: Mike Tomlin explains James Harrison's lack of playing time   Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:53 am

I laugh a lot of times when people ask me, what’s wrong with the production of our outside linebackers? It lets me know these people don’t understand the evolution of the game of football, and I politely answer in some way." wrote:


Still doe's not explain the lack of adjustments. Just sayin.

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PostSubject: Re: Mike Tomlin explains James Harrison's lack of playing time   Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:38 am

I'm sure N.E. will use him as a pass rusher. We'll get to see AV handle the old man. I know he is the exception to the rule but he is 39 yrs old and fresh= rusty.
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