This is the look of a man who doesn't quite buy into what's happening on the field. Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

Steelers Foote Says Players Don’t Trust LeBeau


Steelers linebacker Larry Foote said on Wednesday:

Sometimes, you can get caught up in just trying to play hard and aggressive, but you’re not trusting the defense.  Not the other players, but the defense. And that can’t happen. The bottom line is that we have to make a play when we get a chance.

 

Wait…. what?  You’re telling me that even your players now don’t trust the defensive system?  It’s one thing that fans, pundits, and bloggers who think they know it all rip Dick LeBeau and his system apart week to week when the team loses.  But when the players – one of your own defensive leaders – admits that when they step on the field and doubt what’s being called… now that’s a problem.

It’s harsh words from Foote, but whether it comes from a place of truth or more of an excuse for not executing and making plays when they (or just Foote) need to is inconsequential.  The bottom line for fans, coaches and players is that the defense needs to make plays.  And that, they are not doing.

There’s is where LeBeau’s stubbornness really is beginning to hurt the team.  The predictability of play calling – based on things Carson Palmer did during the game and said after – is starting to shred this defense that is banged up, bleeding, and looking for any type of relief.  The absence of Polamalu and Harrison are greatly hurting the team.  Young players are far from stepping up and filling their shoes.  You can’t call the same plays you would for your stars and starters when average Joes are on the field and expect to get the results.  The defensive schemes need to change in order to accomodate for Cris Carter’s in ability to clear the edge like Harrison does.  The middle of the field needs help with coverage to accomodate for Ryan Mundy’s inability to play tight up front and then escape downfield if someone goes deep.  The list goes on.

In addition, were any of these guys to have an off night – the rest of the system falls apart.  There’s no arguing that LeBeau’s system is sheer brilliance.  But it is catastrophic to have a system in place that is completely dependent upon each and every player working within the realm of perfection.  That is a flawed system.

And, with the aging defense and the increased risks of players becoming injured, opposing offenses will continue to shred this defense.  That you can trust.

 

 

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  • keeger

    Uh..

    Stop repeating the same stuff. This years defense is younger than last years and the year before that. So like..they aren’t aging???

    Defensive line is sucking. that fuels everything.

  • Ross

    I was a first-person witness to how the team dismantled the Patriots last October. It was awesome, let me tell ya! I couldn’t help but be amazed at how well the offense and defense adjusted to their opponent right from the get-go. Prior to its start, I was not confident they could win and yet they played just like a team who had specifically game-planned for that exact scenario. It was exciting! Maybe it really is a been-there, done-that mentality that is the hampering the defense. I mean, look at the offense. Even without a running game, they move AND SCORE with a purpose under the new system. I’ve been watching the team for over 3-decades and it’s a bummer to see the Steeler defense perform at this level through three games. Maybe Foote is on to something. Sometimes familiarity really does breed contempt. I guess we’ll see.

  • Huckleberry

    You need to do just a little research and check Cowher’s winning percentage with and without LeBeau. Do that research and come back and tell me LeBeau is the problem. I can make a very good arguement that more than Cowher or Tomlin, Dick LeBeau is the single most important COACHING piece to the Steelers success of the last 20 years. This team has no playmakers with Troy and Harrison out.

  • woodyherman

    I wish the team kept potsy for another year while we found a replacement. Foote was let go and bombed in Detroit and he is no James Farrier.
    He has had an attitude since Timmons came in and took his job. He wanted traded and we traded him and that team did not want him more than a one year contract.
    Get on with your life’s work Foote- I rather lose them all than have a player question a man who has done so much for this franchise

  • http://www.facebook.com/vincent.g.lee.7 Vincent Guy Lee

    THE PROBLEM WITH THE DEFENSE IS THIS DICK LEBEAU IS STILL LEANING ON HAMPTON AND BRETT KESEAL THAT CANT DO IT ANY MORE RYAN MUNDY IS JUST A BACK UP AT BEST THESE LAST THREE GAMES HE SHOULD OF PUT HEYWARD MCLENDON AND ROBERT GOLDEN AND ROBINSON THE TEMPLE LINBACKER PRODUCT IN HES BEEN PUTTING PATHETIC JASON WORILDS AND CHRIS CARTER IN TO REPLACE HARRISON AND NONE OF THEM HAS PRODUCE NOTHING AT ALL LEBEAU AND TOMLINE BETTER MAKE SOME CHANGES RIGHT KNOW AND DICK LEBEAU NEEDS TO STOP BEING STUPPORN AND PUT THE YOUNGERS IN BECAUSE IF THIS KEEPS HAPPING WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE A 500 TEAM AT ALL

  • Chris Rhodes

    The problem is Timmons is a garabage 1st round pick that has no big play skills… Manning out running him in game 1, and 1 SACK all 2012 show he is a huge underachieving Middle LB who just makes tackles 3 to 5 yards down field which isn’t nothing but average. I also hurts not starting Worilds instead of Carter, where Worilds has pass rushing skills that have yet to be seeing in pushing the QB in Carter. Heck Worilds has plays like 15 plays and has 1 sack to Carter’s Zip, Null, Zero “0″ as a starter…. Time to more Worilds back in front of Carter til he becomes a man a rushing the QB. The defense will be fine with Harrison or Worilds to assist Woodley til then the pass rush and defense will struggle.

  • Nine

    Injuries will kill you and make the DC look bad. Simple as that.

  • Bodybyearl

    Hey this is our probiem pittsburgs needs to let Ike taylor and labeau go you do not call a blists with 40 seconds left in the game and to have harrison a reciever Dum Dum labeau and ike taylor couldn”t cover me and i”m 50 years old.

  • Josh

    I think Foote’s quote was taken out of context. I don’t think he was saying that the players don’t trust the play calls or Lebeau, rather, I think he was saying people are trying to do too much and playing too aggressive instead of just doing their job, staying in position and giving the defensive play calling a chance to get the job done.

  • Topspin

    No defensive penetration on running plays, no pressure/sacks on passing plays = exposure of everyone else. D-line holds ground but can’t disupt plays for losses. Even when LeBeau calls a blitz – no one gets to the QB. The system is the same system and these players are not executing it.