Hey that's not right. None of those guys are league leaders.
Those numbers are not normal forthe Steeler guys and I think that injuries are responsible.
If you go back over the years for Harrison, say, you will find a very different set of numbers.
Check out the 2012 stats for OLB's:
You will find the OLB leaders with tackles/assists over 100 and not too many sacks.
The most impressive combo? Ok, not an OLB at all. It's ILB Washington with 9 sacks and still 100 tackles (ok, 99)
More importantly, I bet if you did a heat map like they do in soccer of the tackles and assists for the better OLB guys you will find a lot more hits outside the hash marks and in the defensive backfield than you do for Aldon.
Aldon was catagorized as a "nickel package specialist" as a rookie.
He was more than that last year but his game needs to upgear to achieve all star OLB production.
His assists are a little disappointing, 16 ranked 80th. And, again, if you subtract sacks from tackles you get an appalingly low number of non-qb tackles. 30.5 would rank about 100th.
Now, don't get me wrong. These numbers are skewed because Fangio is sending aldon in on practically every down. And likely , for other scheme related reasons. Brooks also has a pretty low number of tackles/assists. So I think that reducing statistical production for OLB's is part of Fangio's "scheme."
Also, those numbers essentially reflect the 75% of the season he was healthy. So they're not really so bad.
But its an issue to me that there aren't more things in the plan for Aldon to do on the field. The sack production is great, but I think no one says "hey we can't run over there. Our guys will get hurt." Or, "he's going to hit us in the backfield. Can't go wide."
And did it work out for him, being a 3 down player? He got ravaged. And played the last 6 games one armed.
I am not anti-Aldon. Aldon had a pretty good senior year in college last year. So I am looking forward to continued development.
But again, his responsibilities in the 3-4 affect what we can do in the formation. And I still say that we really play more of a 4-3 with a two point rusher at right end than a traditional Steeler-style 3-4 with lots of mean, mobile powerful athletes darting around the box, confusing lineman and swarming backs.
[ Edited by brodiebluebanaszak on Apr 7, 2013 at 6:26 AM ]