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That's what "arguably" means. I could cite many places where it's referred to as the best defensive line in the history of the game. However, I would never go as far as to say that. How can one compare one defensive line to another? That's why it's "arguably the greatest defensive line ever". For sake of arguement, I'll leave it out though.
Well, besides the obvious stub issues, the Steelers defense is only called Blitsburgh while Dick LeBeau has some sort of involvement, while the defense has been called Steel Curtain, regardless of personel, since the 1970's. And Big Nasty D was for the in-between era while LeBeau was with Cincinnati. This page needs to have the Blitzburgh article merged into this one and either redirect the Blitzburgh page to here or redirect to zone blitz. Jgera5 (talk) 01:02, 30 November 2007 (UTC)
The "Steel Curtain" refers only to the Steelers of the 1970s. Extending this nickname much past 1979 is a bastardization of a great legacy. Most of the players listed as "continuing" the tradition are not worthy of being named on this page.18.104.22.168 (talk) 16:57, 19 January 2008 (UTC)
I think this article needs to be concentrated toward one area. I've always understood the "Steel Curtain" as the Steelers 4-man defensive line on the SB teams of the 70s/80s. It is fine for the rest of the defense of that era to be included, but nothing more. This page should not include info about the defenses of the late 80s, 90s, or 00s; that info should be moved to Blitzburgh. Blackngold29 (talk) 06:00, 21 March 2008 (UTC)
"The Steel Curtain" and "Blitzburgh" have nothing in common. The Steel Curtain was a 4-3 defense that was based on the overwhelming power and talent of the front four to crush the opposing teams pocket and get to the QB. As Russel, Lambert and Ham have all said, "we hardly ever 'blitzed'" because Joe, L.C., et al handled the pass rush fine on their own". The rest of the defense was schemed around what is now called the "Tampa 2".
Blitzburgh was based on a totally different defensive formula. LeBeau invented what is called the "zone blitz" which is a 3-4 defense that is dependent, not on the power of the front three, but rather the athleticism of the LB's and the unpredictability of the rush and the locations of the players in pass coverage to confuse the opposing teams OL and QB.
The only thing either of these two had in common was their primary reliance on "zone coverage" from linebackers and the secondary. Other than that,two totally different styles and legacies.