Bud Dupree: We want to be the group that revives Steelers defense

AP

The Steelers have a long history of riding strong defenses to playoff berths, but that trend has slowed in the last couple of years as the team has said goodbye to several fixtures of the unit without getting the same production in their place.

They’ve spent high picks on defensive players in each of the last three drafts with a particular focus on linebackers. Jarvis Jones, Ryan Shazier and Bud Dupree have been the team’s last three first-round selections and Dupree says that they want to be part of the core that brings about a revival of the old defensive ways in Pittsburgh.

“I want to be in that group that brings it back,” Dupree said, via Cleveland.com. “We want to bring back that hunger, that eagerness to go after the quarterback.”

Dupree said he takes particular motivation from the chance to join players like Joey Porter, Greg Lloyd and James Harrison as star outside linebackers in the Steelers system. Harrison is still around and Dupree said he’s learned a lot from the veteran about how to thrive in the NFL during their short time working together.

Expecting Dupree to turn into that kind of linebacker as a rookie may be asking too much, but the Steelers need some of their young defenders to make significant strides if there’s going to be a reprise of the old days in 2015. With a strong offense already in place, getting that would leave the team well positioned for another playoff berth.

51 responses to “Bud Dupree: We want to be the group that revives Steelers defense

  1. D is still going to be a year away. Offense is going to need to score 30+ a game. The good news is that is a real possibility.

  2. I believe the Steeler “D” is going to surprise some people this year, they’re going to be pretty good.

  3. Dupree is a step in the right direction. Just how far the entire D will improve from last year remains to be seen.

  4. Haven’t been this excited about a Steelers season since the Bus left.

    These guys are young, hungry, healthy and BIGGER since training with the man, the myth the workout legend James Harrison in Arz. DLine is already strong and the secondary will be better because, well, they can’t be much worse.

    The offense speaks for itself with the NFL passing leader, receiving leader and rushing lead runner-up, returning (and all signed through at least 2016). Throw in Martavis’ second year growth and their may not be a defense bad enough to hold this offense back.

  5. The Steelers defense will be much improved over last season. Young fresh legs with a new system.

  6. I think (hope) McCullers wins the battle at the nose and develops into the beast he is capable of. If he can anchor the middle, then the sky is the limit. Remember, the Stillers had trouble stopping the run up the middle. That will need to be addressed.

  7. IV push 50ml, D5W. Clear! Hit ’em . . . . (flatline). Calling it 0924hrs.

    Mrs Steeler, we did all we could. I’m sorry but your defense is dead. This is our hospital priest, Father Time.

  8. Wilson holds NCAA record for passing efficiency 191.8 33 touchdowns to 4 interceptions, 72% completion rate.

    Holds NFL record for most passing yards by a rookie in a playoff game (385) when he brought Seattle back from 20pt deficit in 4th qtr to take the lead with 30 seconds to go.

    Seattle’s defense lost that game, couldn’t hold for 30 seconds.

    Russell, leave Seattle, go to Chip Kelly s Eagles, follow your dream of becoming GOAT

  9. “12coltsfan12 says:
    Jun 30, 2015 12:43 PM
    Steelers D is as soft as a bag of charmin. and big ben is a fat lard. goin’ nowhere fast…”

    I see you managed to black out completely the Colts-Steelers game from last season. Not that I blame you. Ben used your defense for a roll of charmin for 60 minutes while Luck just looked on with a what’s going on here look slapped all over his face.

  10. As usual the Steelers will only go as far as their defense can carry Big Ben on its back and hand him victories. If the defense is not at least Top 5 this will be their 5th year in a row without a playoff win. Of course Big Ben has missed the playoffs even when the Steelers had the very best defense in the entire NFL. That’s just how good Big Ben is.

    And for everybody expecting Big Ben to light up the scoreboard this year here is a reality check. Including the blistering, sweet, sweet 15 points Big Ben hung in the home playoff game against the Ravens and their high school talent secondary the Steeler offense averaged 18.75 points over their last four games.

    In the last 3 games of the regular season the Steeler offense leveled off at 20, 20, and 20 points. And that was WITH (whine, sniffle, whimper) Le’Veon (sniffle, sniffle, sniffle, whimper) Bell (whimper, sniffle, sniffle, sniffle, sniffle).

  11. commenter says:
    Jun 30, 2015 11:54 AM
    Jarvis was a bust but this guy is the real deal.

    Considering Jarvis did not start until later in his rookie season and missed most of his second year with a fractured wrist, how is he declared a bust?

  12. STILLlolatpatshaters says:
    Jun 30, 2015 11:32 AM
    Bring back Dr Rydze. He’ll help for sure.

    Rydze was not part of the team in 2008-10 when they had a great defense.

  13. Camp is 25 days away. Done talking. I already claimed a back to back division and a AFCCG possible SB.

    Anyone who has Steelers or Big Ben in their SIG, we own you. You eat, sleep and dream Steelers just like Steeler fans do.

  14. RIP Current Steelers Run of Success, 1992-2011. (making the playoffs in 2014 doesn’t really matter since they went out with a whimper in the wild card round.) With the Ravens dominating, the Bengals typically making it to the playoffs (and getting pounded), and the Browns putting the puzzle pieces together (it’s a really complicated puzzle over there), I think we’re about to see a second ice age for the Steelers as they wind down and enter another streak of utter ineptitude like that which they suffered for the first 40 years of their existence.

  15. You eat, sleep and dream Steelers just like Steeler fans do.

    The only eating sleeping and dreaming going on is during Big Bens workout regimen

  16. I like Big Bud’s attitude! If the offense can pile on the points early till the defense get’s it’s legs, it could happen, but lot’s of if’s up and down the defense.

  17. At least SOMEBODY is Pittsburgh is willing to admit that the defense lacks hunger & eagerness and needs to be revived.

  18. Steelers D is as soft as a bag of charmin. and big ben is a fat lard. goin’ nowhere fast…

    ——-

    Really? Your defense gave up 50+ points to our offense and Ben threw for 6 TD’s pass’s and completed 40+ pass’s with some drops. Learn how to stop the run. The Colts advancing to the AFC Championship game showed how lousy the AFC was in competition. The Steelers will be contenders and should challenge N.E for the crown, not a team that N.E blew out and who was laughed off the field for an entire viewing audience to see..twice.

  19. RIP Current Steelers Run of Success, 1992-2011. (making the playoffs in 2014 doesn’t really matter since they went out with a whimper in the wild card round.) With the Ravens dominating, the Bengals typically making it to the playoffs (and getting pounded), and the Browns putting the puzzle pieces together (it’s a really complicated puzzle over there), I think we’re about to see a second ice age for the Steelers as they wind down and enter another streak of utter ineptitude like that which they suffered for the first 40 years of their existence.

    ——–

    How are the Ravens dominating? You do realize Baltimore backed themselves into the playoffs, right? They needed to somehow fight off a Cleveland team with their 4th string QB to end the season and got lucky beating the Steelers as they squirmed to find a running back to line up for them off the streets once Bell went down. Baltimore got the Steelers at the right time in the WC by default.

    The Steelers won the AFC NORTH division after finally finding their identity in the second half of the season. Their arrow is pointing UP.

  20. Jarvis Jones said the exact thing two years ago. Ryan Shazier the next year. All these big mouthed college flops can’t back up their empty words with a single playoff win. LOL.

  21. Jarvis Jones said the exact thing two years ago. Ryan Shazier the next year. All these big mouthed college flops can’t back up their empty words with a single playoff win. LOL.

    For someone who’s fame in life is an internet troll it’s ironic you would think to call someone else a flop. Bet your mom and dad shake their head each day saying, what a terrible waste of an education.

    I would hardly call Jones, Shazier or Dupree big mouthed like you when they are just answering a reporters question. What is your excuse for your over active jaw muscles?

  22. Steelers had a good draft. Have some hungry but young guys on defense. Still a year or two away. Ravens the more complete team and should come out on top this year. Bengals will do just enough to get into the playoffs and then get creamed as Dalton throw 4 picks. Browns? Well – nuff said!!

  23. Steelers fans have no business talking trash to Ravens fans at all. Ben played poorly in the wild card loss. We all know it. Seven words no team wants to hear:
    “The Ravens have limped into the playoffs.”

    Ravens fans can call me out all they want, but I still think Ben is the better QB.

    In the end, we all miss the mid 2000s when the Ravens and Steelers were allowed to play real football. I love that we hate each other.

  24. Harrison is there to mentor him and don’t forget that Joey Porter is the linebackers coach. This defense is getting younger and better. Once LaVeon is back from suspension the offense is as good as any in the league. The only question is the secondary. The front 7 will need to get after the QB to help out the back end.

  25. Ryan Shazier is special. Looks like a HOFer. The other guys are so-so. Dupree is going to be a disappointment.

  26. The mixture of youth and experience looks to be “on-target.” Revamped secondary, which was a “must” has now been completed. The success of the Steelers this season will be determined by how fast this Defense can come together. The team has clearly been making strides in the right direction. Proof lies in the fact that they won the AFC North last year. I am even more confident about this year. Steelers and Ravens are the 2 teams that pose the greatest threat to the Pats. Steelers should make the playoffs, and anything can happen after that.

  27. bigbenschancre says:
    Jun 30, 2015 12:27 PM
    IV push 50ml, D5W. Clear! Hit ’em . . . . (flatline). Calling it 0924hrs.

    Mrs Steeler, we did all we could. I’m sorry but your defense is dead. This is our hospital priest, Father Time.

    —————————————————————–
    A+ for originality but an F- for accuracy.

    The only legitimate complaint about the Steelers defense this year is the lack of experience in several positions. The old and slow routine is old and over!

  28. Steelers should have taken shane ray from Mizzou. Three years from now Ray will be tearing up the league and Dupree will be a mediocre player.

  29. “That trend has slowed the last couple of years”…Really?. The Steelers haven’t won a playoff game in 4 years. During that time they are 3-6 against the Ravens. There are 2 main reasons for these “trends”:
    1.The offensive line has been below average. Nothing was different last year as the Ravens sacked Ben 6 times in the playoffs before knocking him unconscious in the 4th quarter. There was no run game at all. It had nothing to do with Bell either. The Ravens did the same thing to them in the first game when Bell was healthy. The Steelers have done nothing to improve their O line except now they say they will be the best in the NFL. Probably not.
    2.Their defense has slowly deteriorated over the last 3-4 years. Last year’s unit was poor at every level. The loss of HOF DC LeBeau will be hard to overestimate especially since they now have a rookie DC in his place. The loss of virtually all of their experienced veteran leadership overnight could be devastating (Polamalu, Worilds, Keisel and Taylor). That leaves one proven NFL player…Timmons. The remainder of the players are either under achievers, developing players or rookies. None have proven they can play at a high level in the NFL. This is a formula for disaster and could result in the worst defense in the NFL. Let’s just say it is year one of a complete rebuilding process. To think they will be better than last year’s poor unit requires faith, hope and imagination. There is no objective evidence to support that claim.
    There is not a single defensive player on the Steelers that could start for the Ravens. It is that bad.
    I don’t even want to go into the quality of their depth on defense and on the offensive line. Put it this way, there isn’t any.
    IMO the current “trends” for the Steelers will continue this year.

  30. It’s not just the draft picks that determine success. It’s the whole organization from the owners all the way down to the guys that put the air into the ball. It’s why the Steelers don’t rebuild, they reload and have not been under 500 in over a decade. 6 Superbowls with 8 Superbowl appearances. The defense this year is extremely young and fast. Mistakes will be made and they will get better as the year goes along simply from playing with each other. Trolls comment the most on Steeler threads because they are afraid…..they are very afraid.

  31. How far has Flacco carried the Ravens without a good D? Please don’t point to last year. Next to the Jets or Seahawks, who had a better front 7? And let’s not forget Flacco’s playoff numbers his first few years in the league. Amnesia, everywhere.

  32. Steelers’ fans lead the league in off season trash talk and pre-season bragging. Then when they don’t make the playoffs, everyone calls for Todd Haley’s head. Just like NO playoff wins, it happens every year.

    LOL

  33. The Steelers weren’t supposed to make the playoffs last year BUT THEY DID. Not only did they make the playoffs they WON THE DIVISION. Keep on putting your foot in your mouth with lame post steeler haters, the arrow is only pointing up for Pittsburgh.

  34. steeltroll said:

    “How far has Flacco carried the Ravens without a good D? Please don’t point to last year. Next to the Jets or Seahawks, who had a better front 7? And let’s not forget Flacco’s playoff numbers his first few years in the league. Amnesia, everywhere.”

    Maybe you should look at the superbowl run a few years ago and see how many points the Ravens gave up in the playoff games. Flacco willed the Ravens to victory that year. Ben is a great qb, but you don’t have to tear down Flacco to prove it. Can’t we just say that they are both pretty good?

  35. Jarvis is a bust. Stop giving him a free pass due to injuries. He could never get off blocks to make a play. Any LB who can only bench press 225 lbs twelve times has no business playing in the NFL.

    Bud Dupree is the real deal. You will see.

  36. The Steelers front office has forgotten what led to their success in the past…defense. They got a startling reminder in last year’s playoff humiliation at the hands of the Ravens. This is the oldest story in the NFL. Good defense is what wins in the playoffs This is the reason the Steelers haven’t won a playoff game in 4 years. During this time they are 3-6 against the Ravens.
    It requires great imagination and a religious belief to think the Steeler defense will be improved this year.
    They have a rookie DC replacing HOF DC LeBeau. That’s a big step down right off the bat.
    They have one proven NFL player on defense, Timmons. Most of the rest are rookies and developmental players that have not proven they can play at a high level in the NFL. The others are players that have proven themselves to be mediocre. There is virtually no experienced veteran leadership with the loss of Polamalu, Keisel, Worilds and Taylor. They now don’t have a single player on defense that would start for the Ravens.
    I don’t know where all the optimism comes from. If this team goes 8-8 IMO that would be very good considering their lack of talent on defense.

    This is clearly a rebuilding year for the Pittsburgh defense.

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