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On the flip side, there is the 75-year old defensive maven with the Hall of Fame bust and the resume that is about a foot thick with glowing recommendations and stories.
Right now, it's worth nothing because the unit Dick LeBeau is in charge of is about as effective as Swiss cheese at stopping an opposing offense. LeBeau's defense looks old, slow and stuck in the mud. While they have older players and slower ones, the Steelers aren't old or slow.
They are stuck in the mud. The mud is composed of the fact that LeBeau hasn't innovated in nearly two decades. He's been complacent. He's used his great ideas for as long as they've been able to hold out.
But now, with players who aren't up to par in the secondary trying to play zone defense in a league with receivers on every roster who set speed records, a system devoted almost entirely to two outside linebackers and a strong safety and a nearly criminal lack of understanding of modern offense, the Steelers are in big trouble with LeBeau at the helm.
It wouldn't do to fire LeBeau. He's earned the right to walk away. But, he may need a nudge. A very private, very friendly nudge from Dan Rooney would help out a lot. It seems like it might be time for the genius to give way to the new order.
Consider that Ray Horton was allowed to walk and that he had taken heat for a bad secondary. Now, the Arizona Cardinals have a shutdown defense that he created. That has to hurt. It also has to point to the current guy in charge as the reason that secondary failed and is still failing today.
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