Originally Posted by milkman
Seriously, Hali and Houston could bring more pressure and be more disruptive if we had any imagination in our rush packages.
These guys are always lined up in the same place.
They make it easy for the offense to account for them.
What I saw last night was a defense that was more prepared and more aggressive than we've seen all season long.
Granted, the Steelers aren't exactly a high flying, high powered offense with an elite running back, an elite TE or even an elite WR (Wallace has seen his production drop big time this season). But they were more disciplined, stayed true to their gap assignments which allowed Hali and Houston to pressure and harass their QB's all night long.
It's unfortunate that it took nine games for the defense to finally look like, at least I, expected this season. It also proved that Dorsey and Jackson are overrated and unnecessary, as Pituatoa and Smith, two guys off the street, played better than Jackson & Dorsey have played all year. And Poe is most certainly progressing.
I was not a fan of Gibbs as the DC entering this season but after one game (and it's only ONE game), this defense showed it's enormous potential. We can only hope that the next GM and head coach are smart enough to maximize the talent on defense and add a few parts (ILB, Safety & CB). If so, this defense should fulfill its potential as a Top Ten defense.
As for the dance, Htis said it best: The inmates are running the asylum. Haley wasn't the answer and neither is Crennel. All we can do is hope the Chiefs get it right in 2013.