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Switching Sides For Dupree and Watt?

Discussion in 'Steelers Talk' started by AskQuestionsLater, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Yes. His speed rushes can be more effective.

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  2. No. Regardless of where he lines up, he still cannot set the edge.

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  1. AskQuestionsLater

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    Given the amount of heat that faced Dupree during the entirety of the season, it is safe to assume that the Kentucky product has not lived up to the expectations of being the next "Big Thing" in Pittsburgh. His counterpart in T.J. Watt, has lived up to those expectations for his rookie season.


    However, what if a switch could help him? Could a switch with T.J. Watt being the LOLB and Dupree being the ROLB work in his favor? An article by Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports seems to think so:



    https://www.dkpittsburghsports.com/2018/03/09/friday-insider-steelers-consider-flipping-watt-dupree/



    However fellow members, what are your personal thoughts?
     
  2. Jammasterc

    Jammasterc Well-Known Member

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    Watt needs to go after the QB.
     
  3. TheMatrixHasYou

    TheMatrixHasYou Well-Known Member

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    You want the better pass rusher coming from the QB's blindside.
     
  4. Lizard72

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    not enough options. I think he needs to flatten out his speed rush and generate more bend to make it effective.

    Would like to see him plant and use more power. He's a former DE! Play like one!
     
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  5. groutbrook

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    Pretty much exactly what his draft profile showed as his weaknesses. He was a reach in the first round, it turns out he would have been a reach in the 3rd round.
     
  6. steelersrule6

    steelersrule6 Well-Known Member

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    I thought there was going to be some improvement in Dupree's game last season, he worked with pass rush specialist Chuck Smith last offseason.
     
  7. mac daddyo

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    He will be getting some pressure from the likes of chickillo (whom I think has made steady improvement) and Adams that will want to prove he belongs this year and huguenin that played pretty well in the preseason last year. He's also a big guy and former team mate of buds. Still wonder if bud could do damage from inside.:cool:
     
  8. pjgruden

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    I still think Bud is probably the best option to replace Shazier currently on this team. No, they're not the same players, but Bud's speed could definitely be used in the interior in pass protection and run support, instead of setting an edge on the outside.
     
  9. thorn058

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    Any talk of switching position is premature at this point until they make moves via free agency or the draft. If they continue on the hybrid defense route using heavy sub packages with pressure coming from the Dline and DB blitzes with LB's dropping back into coverage then I wouldn't switch Dupree to the other side or to the inside. If the return to a more traditional 34 with heavy doses of run stuffing and outside pressure Bud could flourish.
     
  10. CK 13

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    Dupree's swan song has been written. Switching positions will not change the outcome and lessen Watt's production. I hope to see Chickillo get more snaps. And moving the brittle Dupree inside Is not a good idea and really wouldn't happen anyway.
     
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  11. JackAttack 5958

    JackAttack 5958 Well-Known Member

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    Never fear, I'm sure Porter will be able to coach him up this upcoming season. :rolleyes:
     
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  12. thorn058

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    Your obvious sarcasm and well documented disdain for Porter aside Jack, it might be a marginally true statement. The infusion of new blood in the coaching staff as well as like Mac pointed out lots of raw talent and like I said if they go back to a more tried and true Lebeau style 34 could mean Porter shows Dupree how to get after the QB. I mean he isn't far off.from putting things together.
     
  13. FootballAnalyst98

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    Dupree is not very good. Lot of talent but a poor football skill set.
     
  14. JackAttack 5958

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    Great players don't often make great coaches and that's the case with Porter. I don't think he's a guy that, through proper fundamentals and technique, can make an average player good, a good player very good, and a very good player great. And besides that he's an idiot. I'd like to remember him as just being the great Steeler linebacker that he was and not an idiot of a coach. I wish he'd just go away.
     
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  15. Watt Wack

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    Even as a player he was overrated - worth his draft spot, for sure (3rd) - but overrated. He'd have some hot spans and gobble up a lot of sacks vs. the likes of the Browns, but he was never a "wrecking machine" like Lloyd or Harrison.
     
  16. Watt Wack

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    "According to sources, the Steelers were not unhappy with the production they got from Watt in his rookie season or Dupree in his third, but they would like to see both take another step."

    Yea, sure Steelers. "Not unhappy" is akin to Tomlin saying Jarvis Jones was providing "solid play" in the 2016 season. These guys are often full of s--t.
     
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  17. Blast Furnace

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    Wait, what??? Jack doesnt like Porter :th jawdrop2:

    I had no idea!
     
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  18. JackAttack 5958

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    You know me, Blast. I like to keep my opinions to myself. ;)
     
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  19. Disco1981

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    But therein lies the problem...He doesn't have the power
     
  20. thesteeldeal

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    Looked more like he trained with Jaclyn Smith....
     
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  21. thesteeldeal

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    "Obviously "
     
  22. thesteeldeal

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    In theory maybe but he seems afraid of contact and putting his nose to the fan.....so no it probably wouldn't work. The thought of him switching sides and going against typically the best OL on a team,that being the LT gives me the chills and not in a good way. (See JJ).....Here's to hoping Adams or Huguenin can be our Hilton/Golson scenario....
    I always liked Chick and I think he's still on the rise and needs to be given more of a opportunity.
    Unless NE scoops him up and Vrable-izes him.....ugh!
     
  23. Ender

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    I think Bud lacks the instincts to play ILB. I'm hoping he was playing injured last year and that he will have a huge rebound season.
     
  24. thesteeldeal

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    Him and Tuitt.....maybe Cam should switch sides.....
     
  25. thorn058

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    Sorry hit the rating while scrolling again.
     

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