Kevin Steele in rush to find solution: Pressuring the quarterback is likely to be more difficult this season

Even during the football coaching staff’s short vacation in the summer, Kevin Steele could not get his mind off work. The Clemson defensive coordinator could not stop one question from entering his mind: How will he create a pass rush this fall? After losing six starters — three of whom were selected in the second round of the NFL draft — a restless Steele spent much of his summer watching video of NFL defenses searching for creative pass-rush solutions. He watched college programs that were successful at defending spread offenses. Last season, the Tigers had the talent to line up and beat opposing offensive linemen by rushing their front four. This season, Steele will need to rely more on schemes to create pressure. Continued