A Steelers legend called out the defense for the one thing they are lacking – a playmaker. Not a leader. Not someone who can bring in 150 tackles a season. A honest, playmaker, who can step up when the team needs him to.
Rod Woodson told Lindsey Rhodes of NFL Network that the Steelers biggest issue on defense is finding the guy to step up in critical moments.
"“At the end of the day, when they lose their game against Jacksonville 42-45, your defense is a concern and I can’t remember the last time that they had a playmaker on the defensive side. Shazier was going to be that guy and unfortunately, he got hurt, but I’m just trying to figure out who’s going to be … the last time I’ve seen a playmaker on that side, Troy Polamalu was suited up for the Pittsburgh Steelers.”"
"“They need to find somebody who’s going to make a big play for this football team in critical situations when you have to have it for the defense. That’s my concern for them, it’s that, can they find a guy, did they draft a guy this year? is one of the new guys coming in going to be that guy? Who’s going to be the leader that takes charge of that defense to make them the players they need to be?”"
Well, he’s right. This team is in desperate need of a playmaker on defense. They haven’t found one in a roster full of stars, but 2018 could change some things. For the first time in a while, this unit is now ready to be an elite defense. The pieces of the puzzle are put together. Now, they just need the glue to make everything stick. But who will that glue be?