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Three defenders occupy a number of blockers

The Steelers' D-line doesn't command a lot of attention, but frees up Joey Porter and others to make big plays.

Updated: February 2, 2006, 12:33 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- Normally, the three names filling out the starting spots along the line of a 3-4 defense don't make headlines. Nose tackle Casey Hampton and defensive ends Aaron Smith and Kimo von Oelhoffen are the exceptions. Though they aren't the stars of Super Bowl XL, Pittsburgh's Hampton, Smith and von Oelhoffen are highly regarded in personnel circles.

In an age when the 3-4 is gaining renewed popularity, the Steelers are that rare team that has members of the scheme who have been to the ...

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