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flippy
12-05-2008, 09:28 PM
We seem to be adjusting our defense at half time better than I can ever remember.

I wonder if it's just perception or if the stats really back it up.

I wonder what Lebeau/Tomlin are doing at halftime. This team seems to make adjustments in game better than Cowher's Steelers.

Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems like a subtle underrated benefit Tomlin is bringing to the table.

Iron Shiek
12-06-2008, 12:51 AM
We seem to be adjusting our defense at half time better than I can ever remember.

I wonder if it's just perception or if the stats really back it up.

I wonder what Lebeau/Tomlin are doing at halftime. This team seems to make adjustments in game better than Cowher's Steelers.

Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems like a subtle underrated benefit Tomlin is bringing to the table.


Its great to see the evolution of this team and coaching staff throughout the year. THe chief complaint here was the lack of adjustments (but mainly on the offensive end of things) at halftime. But the overall game plan on offense just seems like Arians had a talking to.

As for the defense, I read that they have been letting teams kind of just run their game in the first half because they know they won't let them score. Then the opponent will be forced to pass in the 2nd half so they can just tee off on them. It seems to be working.

Jooser
12-06-2008, 01:46 AM
I could be wrong, but I think I remember Dierdork say during the *cheats game that the D has only allowed 13 third quarter points ALL season. If that's the case, it's pretty damn impressive.

JAR
12-06-2008, 08:25 AM
The Steelers have dominated the third quarter of their games this year, outscoring the opposition 77-9.

from this article
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 99908.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/mostread/s_599908.html)

The article was written before they played the ***'s, so I added the 13 from that games 3rd quarter.

steelsnis
12-06-2008, 10:54 AM
Interesting info from Prisuta's article in the Trib today:


The defense remains No. 1 in rushing, passing, total and scoring defense. But for a change, the Steelers aren't scratching their heads wondering what they have to do against a spread formation, particularly New England's.

The Steelers traditionally blitzed formations that featured five receivers and empty backfields, especially when they were employed by the Patriots.

Tom Brady's habit of consistently getting rid of the ball faster than the Steelers could get to the pocket convinced them to finally try an alternative against Matt Cassel.

Rather than blitz the empty, they dropped into coverage.

"The other way didn't work, so try something new," linebacker James Farrior said.

The Steelers still blitzed the Patriots, but they did so only when there was a running back in the backfield, as much to occupy the back as hammer the passer.

Five sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions later, they had finally beaten New England.

"All we had shown on tape at that point was trying to rush the passer, blitz that (empty) look," Farrior said. "We did that against everybody, pretty much (traditionally).

"But we backed off a little bit. I think that might have confused them. They weren't really ready for that."

Now THAT'S the kind of stuff I love to read about. Great adjustments to combat the empty set, only blitzing when a back was in.

Great stuff from Lebeau/Tomlin or whoever came up w/it.

stlrz d
12-06-2008, 10:56 AM
I could be wrong, but I think I remember Dierdork say during the *cheats game that the D has only allowed 13 third quarter points ALL season. If that's the case, it's pretty damn impressive.

He also said something to the effect of, "James Harrison told us they tend to play fairly generic early on to see what an offense is going to try to do against them and then adjust accordingly."

Chachi
12-06-2008, 11:08 AM
The Steelers have dominated the third quarter of their games this year, outscoring the opposition 77-9.

from this article
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 99908.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/mostread/s_599908.html)

The article was written before they played the ***'s, so I added the 13 from that games 3rd quarter.

We have heard about the 3rd quarter D, 9 points, yadda yadda yadda....

What about the 77 points on the offensive side? Where does that sit in relation to the points we have scored the other 3 quarters? With other teams offensive outputs?

I can't find these stats.

flippy
12-06-2008, 02:38 PM
The Steelers have dominated the third quarter of their games this year, outscoring the opposition 77-9.

from this article
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 99908.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/mostread/s_599908.html)

The article was written before they played the ***'s, so I added the 13 from that games 3rd quarter.

We have heard about the 3rd quarter D, 9 points, yadda yadda yadda....

What about the 77 points on the offensive side? Where does that sit in relation to the points we have scored the other 3 quarters? With other teams offensive outputs?

I can't find these stats.

It's just under a TD a game in the 3rd quarter. We've scored 269 points this year, so it's roughly a quarter of our points. Statistically, it really don't stand out.