Is anyone here confident about any one particular unit of the defense for the future? What I mean is are we set on the DL? at LB? at CB? what about at Safety? for the say the next 3 years or so? The way I see it pretty much the entire defense needs to be overhauled and if we're ever going to switch to the 4-3 it should now before we start drafting for the next wave of young defenders. That not withstanding other then Cameron Heyward we're hurting at DL. We have no guarantee starter at NT and Ziggy Hood only ever shows flashes that he can play.
LB is probably our strongest position defensively going forward and that's only because we have Timmons and just drafted Jarvis Jones. Worilds has looked good taking over for Woodley, but we have no way of getting rid of Woodley which means we can't resign Worilds and the other ILB spot opposite Timmons is up for grabs and mot likely the starter isn't even on the team yet.
The CB position is in so bad of shape we may need to find 2 starting CBs with how Ike has gone downhill and Cortez Allen just hasn't progressed enough to be deemed next years #1 or #2 CB and we have no one else of the team even vying for a future starting spot.
Then we have the safety position where Ryan Clark must have been kidnapped and replaced with an imposter before the season and for as good as Polamalu has looked versus how he's looked the previous few seasons you can just tell his career is winding down. Is Shamarko Thomas the future? Well he better be with all the other positions we have to replace, but even if he is we still need another safety as well.
We are in deep poop defensively going forward. I just don't see how this ends up badly for a few seasons a least. So I ask is the time now for Dick LeBeau to step down? I mean after the season of course. Also is it time to change to the 4-3? What is the plan going forward for this old defense? Would anyone trade for Woodley? Ike Taylor? Would you resign Worilds if Woodley was traded? What is he #1 need we have on defense? Personally I've thought for a long time it as been NT, but I'm beginning to think getting a #1 CB might be more important in this new pass happy NFL. What do we do with Ziggy Hood? What about at the ILB position opposite Timmons? Tell me your plan going into the offseason and into next year for the defense.