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LeBeau stands by his defense

Dick LeBeau defended his defense, the object of Warren Sapp’s scorn and derision, after practice on Thursday.
But he didn’t take it easy on his players when asked what happened in the 35-7 loss to the Ravens.
“We’ve got work to do,” the venerable defensive coordinator said. “We helped a team that didn’t need any help. They beat us and we’ve got to do something about that.”
The Steelers sacked Joe Flacco just one time and yielded an astonishing 5.5 yards per carry. LeBeau said it’s not that the Ravens had their way with the Steelers because of a superior game planning or better scheming.
“Looks like they won most of the battles,” LeBeau said, “and that’s what we’re working to fix.”
LeBeau said the Steelers will substitute liberally during the first month or so of the season to keep players fresh. That presumably means Larry Foote will again get some time with the first-team defense Sunday against the Seahawks.
LeBeau said the substitution patterns early in the season are done more with the warmer weather, not the collective age of the defense, in mind. When asked about Sapp saying the Steelers’ defense is old and slow, LeBeau gave his players a vote of confidence.
“It’s like the guy that got up and said ‘This could be the last day of my life,’ ” LeBeau said. “Sooner or later you’re going to be right but they ain’t right yet. We’ll be back.”

– Scott Brown

Comments

  1. Jopa-n says:

    Good to hear he’s being active with dealing with the problems or atleast what the current perception is of the problems. The answer I would be afraid of is a coach connected to such a dismantling saying, “We just had a bad game all at once. Those things happen. We are not fixing what isn’t broken. We just need to stay the course and things will be fine.”

    There is time and cicumstance where not changing anything at all is O.K. This, was not one of them. It’s good to hear LeBeau is willing to accept and adjust rather than deny and make excuses to stay the course. Be it not wholesale moves but atleast adjustments enough to better find an area of satisfaction closer to the long time standard that is expected from his troops.

  2. Steelers7thHeaven says:

    Will see what the D brings this week against the Seahawks, hope Warren is wrong, as I have some doubts….hope I am wrong, but they looked slow and out of sink, they started to hit harder as the game worn on against Baltimore, as they tried to match their intensity, but ive been saying 15 games to go, is a long time for the aging Defense, hope my gut is wrong, and they have one (maybe two last stands) to get #7 and maybe 8……WOW wouldnt that be GREAT!!!

  3. dave crowley says:

    sapp has no clue what he is talking about. he would not even start for this old d even in his prime! keep the haters coming, faulk and sapp.i love it’s us against the world. let’s go steelers!

  4. WIsco says:

    Good thing last week was only week 1. It’s a long race…and we’ll get things together.

    Sure, we got beat and lost alot of 1:1 battles at the point of attack. Our guys are proud and will bounce back.

    It’s not like we lost an AFC Championship game and didn’t get a chance to go to the Super Bowl. The Ravens know what that feels like.

    It’s not a single elimination game, where we have to sit the whole off-season and see our hated rivals keep playing. The Ravens know what that feels like.

    It was week 1. We get to go on to week 2. This isn’t boxing….just b/c the Ravens beat us doesn’t mean they get our Super Bowl XL or XLIII rings. And, it doesn’t mean they get the 2008 or 2010 AFC Championships. It just means they are 1-0 and we’re 0-1. Long season ahead…..alot of work to do, but definitely do-able.

  5. eyeheartbrucearians says:

    On Oct. 30 against the Pats, maybe the Steelers defense can come out for pregame warmups wearing long, white beards.

  6. jason says:

    it’s not as if sapp ever did shit against this D. I was on business trip in tampa for MNF the year the bucs won the SB…we spanked that ass real good. lmao. only in america can some idiot like sapp make millions and not know his ass from a hole in the ground.

  7. David says:

    Troy getting fine is a joke, they are talking illegal hits, and here we come to a tackle we all know is against the rules, but it is not an illegal hit, this tackle Troy made all ready has its penalty, Stupid Roger Goodell, already picking on the Steelers…..

  8. carlos says:

    If Troy is fined, then the Ravens’ kicker should be fined too! During the kickoff, the kicker horse-collar tackled Brown. How come this one is different from Troy’s?

  9. Sonny D says:

    Lets face it the league fines the Steelers at will. I think Sapp did the Steelers a favor.

    Lets hope it helps motivate them more, not that they should need that.

    Time for the players to step up and not have a repeat of 2006 and 2009

  10. Mike K says:

    Carlos,
    Because it was done by the Steelers. The pundits, experts, writers, etc, when they have nothing else to write about start screaming “too old”. 36 is old? Wish I was 36 again. Before you start dropping the age card…why not come to Florida and the speed camp that Farrior and company come too and try to last one day with the “Old men.” It has nothing to do with age. We were getting smacked in the mouth and didn’t respond. Same old stuff we saw in the SB and Baltimore had almost a year to study tapes and put together a game plan to use the weaknesses against us. #1 on the list is McFadden who could’t cover a pop warner player. An O-line that can’t figure out whether they are pass blocking or run blocking and just stand up instead of driving with power, forget protecting the quarterback. They haven’t done that in years. A D that was being chop blocked and knocked on their butt and whose Hall of Fame coach couldn’t figure out how to counter it. Finally, fumble fingers running back whop always seems to drop the ball in crucial situations. The Ravens always kills us with passes to the TE. I guess we figured that with Heap gone our troubles were over. Guess what? The TE still ran free.

  11. Mike K says:

    Carlos,
    Because it was done by the Steelers. The pundits, experts, writers, etc, when they have nothing else to write about start screaming “too old”. 36 is old? Wish I was 36 again. Before you start dropping the age card…why not come to Florida and the speed camp that Farrior and company come too and try to last one day with the “Old men.” It has nothing to do with age. We were getting smacked in the mouth and didn’t respond. Same old stuff we saw in the SB and Baltimore had almost a year to study tapes and put together a game plan to use the weaknesses against us. #1 on the list is McFadden who could’t cover a pop warner player. An O-line that can’t figure out whether they are pass blocking or run blocking and just stand up instead of driving with power, forget protecting the quarterback. They haven’t done that in years. A D that was being chop blocked and knocked on their butt and whose Hall of Fame coach couldn’t figure out how to counter it. Finally, fumble fingers running back who always seems to drop the ball in crucial situations. The Ravens always kills us with passes to the TE. I guess we figured that with Heap gone our troubles were over. Guess what? The TE still ran free.

  12. Bill Z says:

    Another stupid fine by King Goodell.

  13. JDub81 says:

    The only oldness on the Steelers team is the Defensive Coordinator himself ….Dick LeBeau. Time for a change… he was totally outcoached by the Ravens Offensive Coordinator. His schemes are predictable and he cannot get the team off the field in 3rd down situations. Missed tackles, a secondary that can’t cover (except Ike), a stagnant rush by the DEs, a non existance blitz spelled a recipe for disaster. Now they will go out and beat the Seahawks and the team will feel good about itself but the fact still remains the defense got dogged and it will be a blueprint for our opponents.

  14. James Thompson says:

    Even if Mr. Sapp’s comments were in any way on the money, the last thing the Steelers need is to have an NFL Network commentator who never played for them tell them that. After all, if the Steelers were a younger team, this ex jock turned analyst would likely say that they lacked experience and they were missing their veterans. And so, one should take this nonsense as mostly trash talk and nothing more.

  15. James Thompson says:

    The Commissioner certainly likes to fine us, doesn’t he? But then, while the Steelers may well sometimes deserve these stupid fines more than they’d care to admit, ganging up on them solves nothing since that only encourages them to push the envelope still more…

  16. jason says:

    Roger Goodell is a POS.

  17. Carl says:

    JDub81, your comments about Dick LeBeau are completely asinine dude, borderline blasphemy even. this is the same defense that has dominated virtually an entire decade. Nobody was calling for LeBeau’s job when we got pasted by the Patriots last year. This past weeks game was on the players, period. Now let’s all back away from the ledge, we will recover and still be in the thick of things this year.

  18. Scott P says:

    This is all over reaction. When it is all said and done, the Steelers will finish the season in the top 3 or 4 on Defense again this year. That said, they really have to find a way to replace McFadden and Gay.

  19. Scott P says:

    Goodell needs to have his ass kicked…..seriously.

  20. eyeheartbrucearians says:

    As a motivational tool, perhaps the Steelers could paste Sapps comments to a mirror and hang the mirror on a locker room wall and take a good, long look at themselves.

  21. Harold says:

    As I said earlier during training camp, the O needs to pick it up this season and take some pressure off the D. The way the league is going O is the new defense. With all the fine weapons at Ben’s disposal we need score and keep the other teams D on the field. Can we play ball like NE and let Ben throw for 400 plus yards and 7 TD’s a game rather than always staying close and depending on the big D play to save our butts. We still have an above average D even with age creeping in, but please O take some of the pressure off of them for once. GO STEELERS GO

  22. David says:

    I think the owners need to get together and have a sit down with Lord Goodell and have a serious talk with what is finable, and what is not. Not all tackles should merit a fine, just a penalty of what the assessed penalty is, be it 15 yards or 10 yards, you can’t fine every call….. hores collar tackle has a 15 yard penalty to it, it doesn’t have waivers, or conditions attached to it, i mean for crying out loud, every hear the phrase, ” whose watching the guards”…… well if the shoe fits, wear it!….

  23. David says:

    on Sapps comments, ……………………
    …………………., nd thats just how I feel about Sapp.

  24. Dick says:

    It’s time to turn on the offense. We have the weapons to score a lot of points and we’re not using them to our best advantage. I’d like to see more no huddle with 5 receivers going downfield more frequently. Turn up the heat on opposing defenses and if we get a lead, go for the jugular. Don’t sit on it. We have some of the finest receivers in the league along with a top notch QB. We need to give Ben more protection and maybe, just maybe, bring Flozell Adams back for the left tackle spot. I believe there is a lot of room for improvement up front. Also, Ben should be calling his own plays. This would allay any confusion especially in a fast moving offense. The league is favoring everything toward the offense — llet’s go for .it. The defense is getting some age but, is still good. A little more help from the offense can make a big
    difference. I believe we can score 30 to 40 a game if we cut loose. Our defense would settle for that.

  25. Dick says:

    On Warren Sapp, his last name says it all. He sounds frustrated to me from getting his “you know what” kicked by the Steelers over the years.

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