The Steelers blitz OR lack thereof ....
I went back to watch the Cowboys game and charted the number of blitz and how many was sent just out of curiosity.
5man rush =3
4 or less was the rest
ALL out blitz=1
There is a reason the team is not getting turnovers because DL refuse to hurry the QB and force them.
did you see who was playing cornerback when you re-watched the game?
there is a reason we didn't blitz a lot.
Yes the same CB's that got picked apart, so it would not have hurt especially against a happy feet QB like Romo who is known for throwing int under pressure. But hey give him time to pick the D apart.
Originally Posted by Eddie Spaghetti
and yet the offense still had the ball at the end of regulation and the start of overtime to win the game.
not to mention a fumbled punt after another 4th quarter hold.
I have noticed that many times the defense is only rushing 3, usually on a 3 rd and long. For years it seemed like they would send more to create somebody getting open in this situation. When 3 are coming it seems all their doing is pushing up field as to not let the Qb get out of the pocket. No one of them seems to try any type of move to get a half man on the o linemen. Where is the A gap blitz, or even the outside lbs, coming hard off the edge with pressure from the inside. This was once the core of their defensive attack now they are more about covering than getting the Qb. Its weird to me that when defensively we figure out we can't sit in zone all the time and now have Cbs who are covering pretty well we no longer bring the heat. We just expect the boys in back to cover while the linemen dance with the matchup for 5 seconds.
Your post has validity, our front seven is having the worse sack total's in years. I would rather see the Steelers be aggressive going after the QB and not be so concerned on the back end. Our CB's are getting beat anyway without Ike,Cortez, and Lewis not playing together, if we're going to be beat might as well try and force some turnovers if we can in the process.
If you noticed Harrison is making plays and getting better each week, while Woodley is still not healthy enough to be the impact player he was before the injuries. Then you combine the lack of push from our D-line and no wonder we have issues, their not getting off their blocks and its hurting us.
We might get Ike back for the playoffs, and with Cortez and Lewis we should be good again in the secondary as we had the #1 pass defense before the injuries so all is not lost.
Lets just beat the Bengals, the Holidays will be that much sweeter!
I always thought the reason Lebeau played corners 7+ yards off the WRs was that it was safe so we could blitz and we could leave the CB with no help over the top.
But if we're leaving our safeties deep and we aren't blitzing, we should be able to press WRs at the LOS.
Something doesn't make sense here. The pass rush and cushions typically go hand in hand.
Starting to wonder if our OLB's are not 'fast' enough to speed rush anymore. They can still bull rush, no problem, but getting to the QB quickly now, seems difficult. The most effective 'blitzer' is Timmons, in Chadman's opinion, and probably because he is fast. Worilds had some success so far- and he seems quicker than Woodley.
Could it just be a lack of genuine speed on the outside that is contributing to the Steelers not getting to the QB?
Would REALLY like to see Sean Spence come back from his injury next year. His college career had him flashing through the OL with speed on so many occasions. We need that sort of disruption from the LB's.
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I think it's the lack of push in the middle of the D. So the QBs aren't deep in the pocket where it's easier to use speed to get to them. The QB can step up into the pocket and then our OLBs have to bull rush thru huge tackles and our LBs are giving up close to 100 lbs in some cases.
Originally Posted by Chadman
I really think it's the NT and DEs not being what they once were.
The Steelers have committed to Hood & Heyward by drafting them early, so Chadman thinks we'll probably have to grit the teeth & hope they pay off. There are flashes....but would like to see more.
Originally Posted by flippy
A dominant NT might help their cause. Hampton has been getting slowly 'worse' for a few years- not bad, just not the force he was. Having a real big, dominant, nasty NT would probably improve a lot of the Steelers ails.
Jesse Williams, anyone?
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