Thursday, August 1, 2013

Dick LeBeau: Godfather Of The Zone Blitz + Sanders Sets His Expectations

LeBeau Talks About Up-Temp Offenses

When Dick LeBeau talks defense, people listen. This season he's preparing Steelers defense for read-option, up-tempo games (Say: "Chip Kelly').

"You're going to see these up-tempo offenses more and more across the league, " said LeBeau. "You need to practice that, because the up-tempo is another tool offenses have now to pressure defenses," added LeBeau.

Steelers are confident in LeBeau considering there's nothing he hasn't seen in many decades of coaching.

Key Players Added + Lost:

Key Additions:

RB LeVon Bell, CB William Gay, QB Bruce Gradkowski, OLB Jarvis Jones, KR-RB LaRod Stephens-Howling.

Key Losses:

OL Willie Colon, NT Casey Hampton, LB James Harrison, CB Keenan Lewis, RB Rashard Mendenhall, T Max Starks, WR Mike Wallace

Also: Steelers released DT Omar Hunter and C Nigel Malone. Signed C Ryan Hunter and TE  John Rabe  from the Vikings.

"Losing Mike {Wallace} is unfortunate, but when Mike left, the next guy has to step up. That next guy is me." WR Emmanuel Sanders

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