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TOPIC: Using the past to predict the layout of the Steele

Using the past to predict the layout of the Steele 2 months 1 week ago #4389

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Now that the 2018 NFL Preseason is complete Youth Vince Williams Jersey , the next step for the Steelers is cutting down the roster from 90 players to 53. When choosing the final few players to make the team, it’s important to get an idea of how crowded the roster is at various positions, as well as the team’s past of keeping any number of athletes at various spots on the field. Here are the numbers from 2015 to 2018 on how many players the Steelers kept at each position (and the average whole number during those three seasons):Initial Roster Positions by YearPosition2017201620153 Yr AvgPosition2017201620153 Yr Avg *Roster exemption for Le’Veon Bell not showing up to camp.**LeVeon Bell was suspended and did not count towards the 53.***LeVeon Bell and Martavis Bryant were both suspended and did not count toward the 53.The best place to start predicting the 2018 roster by position is the three-year average. Unfortunately, that approach yields a 54-man roster. Even though the Steelers will probably receive a roster exemption for Le’Veon Bell once again, that extra player is likely to be cut by Week 1, so one roster spot needs to go in order to be prepared for Week 1.The best place to cut down to 53 would be reducing the number of corners or safeties on the roster. After taking into account that seven CB’s were kept in 2017 in order to put Cam Sutton on the IR (he was replaced by ILB Steven Johnson, with Johnson being released days later when Bell was moved to the active roster), the Steelers have only kept 10 defensive backs in two of the last three years. Most likely they will keep 10 in 2018 and either go with six corners and four safeties, or make an even split with five at each position. That puts the roster at 53.As for positions where the Steelers might possibly keep an extra player, it’ll have to be at the expense of cutting a player from somewhere else. The positions that have the longest shot of changing in their roster numbers would be the specialties (PK, P, and LS), along with the DL, TE Youth Chris Boswell Jersey , and FB positions (2015 being the outlier when Will Johnson and Roosevelt Nix both earned a spot before Nix took over the full-time fullback duties the following season).Numerically, QB would also fall into the category of no flexibility, but with the unique situation this season, it’s become a popular discussion whether to keep a fourth player. To do that, another position group would have to lose a spot, and the most likely candidates would be along the OL or at WR. Trimming from any other position would leave the team dangerously thin. Plus, with one receiver spot going to the newly acquired return specialist Ryan Switzer, it would be difficult to drop the number of receivers to five.Quarterback isn’t the only position where there’s talk of keeping an extra player. Both RB and ILB also could benefit from having another player in the rotation, with the greater priority going to inside linebacker. One cannot forget the importance of special teams, so either position could add value, depending on the player who’s kept.After reviewing the numbers, it would be very difficult for the Steelers to keep a fourth quarterback, or even a fourth running back on their initial 53-man roster. If they’re willing to go with eight offensive linemen, that one spot might be used to add depth to the inside linebacker position Youth Xavier Grimble Jersey , where there are still concerns due to the loss of Ryan Shazier. Other than that, the Steelers will most likely stick to the formula that has brought them success over the last several years when it comes to trimming the roster.Brett Keisel condemns the current NFL trend that downplays stout defense Former Steelers’ defensive end Brett Keisel knows a little something about playing defense in the NFL. That’s why his recent Tweet can hardly be taken lightly. Although Keisel blames the demise of stout defense on the rise of Fantasy Football and all the money associated with it, that’s certainly not the only factor explaining why NFL defenses these days are hardly what they used to be.Keisel’s remarks — along with a dynamite photo that personifies the grit of what once was an intimidating Steelers’ defense — touch on a particularly raw nerve for Steelers Nation. During the past few years, we’ve watched as the Black-and-gold defense has sunk ever-further into mediocrity — to the point where nowadays the unit has practically become the laughingstock of the league. Defensive players who can no longer tackle, along with rule changes that make conventional tackling increasingly challenging, lend credence to Keisel’s charge that hard-nosed defense — the way fans expect it to be — is becoming obsolete. For lifelong devotees of the storied Steel Curtain defense, this kinder/gentler version is particularly hard to swallow. So take another long look at that photo of Keisel and his former defensive teammates, anchored by Big Snack — the ultimate monster of the middle. When you consider the overall talent and cohesion of that defense, it’s painfully obvious how far this once-mighty unit has fallen.But perhaps Keisel’s comments are the slap in the face (or the cold shower) that the Steelers and their global nation truly need right now. While Keisel seems to believe the good old days of stout NFL defenses may be gone forever, his remarks might also aim to provide some much-needed inspiration for a unit which arguably has reached the lowest ebb in team history. More than any other factor, a back-to-basics approach to recruiting defensive players appears to be strongly indicated moving forward. As important as sheer athleticism might be, it’s more important to draft rock-solid football players. Unfortunately, this defense largely lacks the kind of impact players represented by the names Hampton, Smith Womens Ben Roethlisberger Jersey , Keisel, Harrison, Clark, Farrior, Polamalu and Timmons.Brett’s message is something the Steelers and their fans definitely need to hear as the team approaches what looks like a crossroads in their season. With Halloween just around the corner, it’s certainly legitimate to question whether the weekly chocolate bar being handed out to Pittsburgh’s ravenous fan base during the season might be getting progressively smaller and less appealing. Certainly, that’s been the case in both of the Steelers’ disappointing losses before their home crowd at Heinz Field in recent weeks. Not that you need any further encouragement at this stage but, in the wake of Keisel’s comments, there’s probably no better time for the BTSC community to chime in with comments of your own regarding not only Keisel’s then-versus-now comparison, but also the larger topic of how the Pittsburgh Steelers might set about mending the “fence” in “defense” and hopefully recapturing some of their glories of yesteryear.
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