Forget the 4-3: Steelers Aren’t Switching Anytime Soon

February 26, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It keeps getting kicked around by writers, analysts, and fans. The same reasons emerge.
"Mike Tomlin has a 4-3 background."
"The Steelers are drafting 4-3-type players."
"The 4-3 is the 'in' system now."
Wrong, wrong, and wrong.
First of all, Tomlin is a Tampa 2 guy. If anything, the Steelers would adopt that system—which, judging by the team's secondary, would be something akin to professional suicide.
Secondly, the Steelers are not drafting 4-3-type players. They are drafting versatile defensive players who can be adapted to their needs in the 3-4. Ziggy Hood is not a 4-3 end or tackle necessarily as much as he is a good defensive lineman.
Finally, the 4-3 is not the "in" system. The 3-4 is. The Green Bay Packers adopted a 3-4 defense this year. Several other teams are doing it, considering it, or have done it. Part of the reason, believe it or not, is that the Steelers have had so much success operating the 3-4 defense.
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