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Keisel Wants More Sacks in 2008


From: Pro Football Weekly

Steelers DRE Brett Keisel knows that defensive linemen in the Pittsburgh defensive scheme aren’t judged solely on their statistics. “All of us know our defense is not made for us to make a lot of plays,” Keisel told PFW. [DL coach John Mitchell] tells us, ‘I don’t care if you don’t make one play. Do your job.’ ” All the same, Keisel wants to improve upon the two sacks he posted a season ago. “I got close a lot last year,” he said. “I want to finish those plays.” Keisel, 29, enters his third year as a starter after four seasons as a reserve. Picking up Dick LeBeau’s defense, he said, is easier said than done, noting that he’s seeing some of the Steelers’ young defensive linemen having to work hard to pick up the scheme. “His defense is awesome,” Keisel said, “but it can be complex. It took me about three years (to get comfortable).” As a whole, the defense is looking to bounce back after struggling somewhat in the final weeks of the ’07 season. “We’ve learned from it,” Keisel said.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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