AFC Championship Preview: Differing Approaches

January 21, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets.  Two different approaches to building a franchise, yet with very similar results. 
The similarities are glaring from an overall philosophy standpoint.  The Steelers and Jets both rely heavily on the defensive side of the ball and love to pressure the quarterback.  They package many different blitzes and schemes to confuse an opposing quarterback, run a 3-4 base defense and tend to be a very physical ball club.  They’re also led by two defensive gurus in the Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and Jets head coach Rex Ryan. 
On offense, both love to be physical at the line of scrimmage and pound the ball with their running backs.  Yet when needed, they’re not afraid to air it out with their former first-round pick quarterbacks.  The Jets are a loud bunch who never shy away from a little trash-talk.  The Steelers are never too loud off the field, but have an essence on ...

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