Originally Posted by planetdoc
pitt runs a 4-3 defense.
the chiefs employ a 3-4 base defense.
A 4 man front has more fatties at the LOS than a 3 man front which makes it easier to defend the run.
Here is an example of the weight difference for a typical NFL defenses:
3 man front: Donald (285), Poe (350), walker/devito (305) = 940lbs
4 man front: 285 end, poe (350), Donald (285), 300 end = 1220
the defensive line is lining up against 5 x 300lb offensive lineman = 1500 lbs.
We need a guy who can do this against the run:
A hell of a lot more than we need someone who just occupies space like Jackson and Devito did last year. How great was our run defense btw with all of that "beef" and nothing beyond Poe as far as a potential disruptive presence in the opponent's backfield on run plays?
We were 22nd in total yards in run defense. 24th in YPC with a 4.5 YPC average.
Sorry, but I'm done with DL men who can only occupy space and blockers. I want an Aaron Donald who has not only demonstrated the ability to take up blockers, but can also make the plays in the backfield himself.