Predicting the Steelers 2013 Starting Lineup Part II: Defense

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Defensive End

Right Defensive End: Brett Keisel

Left Defensive End: Cam Heyward

Aug 19, 2012; Pittsburgh , PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) lines up against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of the game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

I know what your thinking. Where’s Ziggy Hood?! I have been wondering the same thing for the past several seasons. During Keith Butlers press conference this past weekend, Keith Butler was discussing the run defense.

Now Aaron Smith was a big loss in my opinion. We’ve got to be able to fill that void.
and I think we will, we’ve got a couple of young guys coming along…Cam Heyward is coming along pretty good.
Notice Ziggy Hood has been starting at the left spot for the past two seasons, yet Keith Butler, the linebacker coach says there is a void there. He did go on to mention Ziggy Hood:
Ziggy Hood’s got…some technical stuff that he’s gotta work on, John’s gotta work on, and John knows about that so we’re going to try to get those things clarified and worked out
Usually players have “technical stuff” that they need to work on in their 2nd to 3rd season, not the beginning of their 5th year! Ziggy Hood will be on the market next season, but unless he changes, the Steelers might be looking in another direction.
Cam Heyward has a bright future, as he always seems to make an impact when he is in the game.
Brett Keisel may be in his last season as a Steeler, but as I have stated before, Ziggy Hood doesn’t look to be pushing him out of his starting position anytime soon. I have nothing against Ziggy Hood, but the Steelers need him to step up and take it to the next level. They need their two first round picks, Hood and Heyward, to take over the two defensive end positions for the long-term.
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