Talk around the Cats is there will be an almost complete (we’d keep Marcell Young, though) rebuild of the Hamilton secondary. If so, then Steinauer’s obvious teaching skills will be of paramount importance. He’ll have to coach ’em up, and coach ’em up fast.
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Both made their coaching careers on versions of bend-but-don’t-break defense, not hard pressure.
You can’t go wrong throwing around names like Sutherin and Stubler, but if you’re gonna start with (pretty much) all new DBs, how long will it take for them to learn and gel?
I guess a lot of that will depend on how experienced the replacement DBs are, particularly in the CFL.
I’m still concerned about the front 4. While I found some improvement with them last year, for the most part, and in particular during that horrendous slump, they were quite ineffectual and I think they made the DBs look a lot worse than they were. Don’t care how good the DBs are, if the QB has lots of time, eventually receivers will get open, and this is what the number one problem was last year IMO.