- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
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The Pittsburgh Steelers deserve the recognition you give them, none more so than coordinator Dick LeBeau, who had 62 interceptions as a player and is now the architect of this awesome defense. There are no defensive coordinators in the Hall of Fame; that needs to change when LeBeau retires.
What is especially impressive is that the Steelers and the Ravens ranked one-two in the NFL in defense this season (D as in Dominant, Dec. 22) while playing the toughest and fourth-toughest schedules in the league, as determined in SI's NFL Preview issue.
On the cover you referred to Pittsburgh's defense as Steel Curtain II. Steel Curtain is one of those nicknames, like Dream Team for U.S. men's basketball, which should be used once and then retired.
Going Home Again
Regarding your essay on teams bringing back coaches they had once fired (PLAYERS, Dec. 22): It worked out pretty well for the Atlanta Braves, who won 14 consecutive division titles, five NL pennants and the 1995 World Series during Bobby Cox's second stint as their skipper.
Red Raider Resolve
You wrote that Oklahoma's Sam Bradford beat out Texas's Colt McCoy for the Heisman (PLAYERS, Dec. 22) because of "a little luck," in the form of Graham Harrell's game-winning touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree that ended Texas's bid for an undefeated season. This "lucky" play was in fact one that Texas Tech practiced regularly. Also, Texas was physically dominated by Texas Tech for nearly three quarters of the game. It was those three quarters, and not one play, that cost McCoy the Heisman.
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