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tony hipchest
12-28-2008, 08:29 PM
total defense- steelers #1 = 237/game (ravens 2nd- 262)

points per game- steelers #1 = 13.9/game (titans 2nd- 14.6)

rushing- steelers #3 = 80/game (minn 1st- 76, balt 2nd- 78)

passing- steelers #1 = 156.9/game (phil 2nd- 180)

so we finish 1-1-3-1 and i still think we have one of the great defenses of all time.

maybe not the best, but the numbers dont lie.... easilly top ten (and better than the 91 eagles considering our record and schedule).

HometownGal
12-28-2008, 08:35 PM
Our D is incredible and you're right - the numbers don't lie. Overall - this D is one of the best I can remember in the last 25+ years. :tt03:

GBMelBlount
12-28-2008, 08:36 PM
156.9 ypg passing and 237 ypg total. wow. I wonder how that stacks up all time.

cubanstogie
12-28-2008, 08:40 PM
with the toughness of the schedule and the underachieving offense 12-4 is a tribute to how good our D really is. If Ben can take care of the football in the playoffs we have an excellent shot at going all the way thanks to this D.

SteelCityMan786
12-28-2008, 08:49 PM
Our D is incredible and you're right - the numbers don't lie. Overall - this D is one of the best I can remember in the last 25+ years. :tt03:

It's the best one I have lived to see.

Dino 6 Rings
12-28-2008, 08:57 PM
I'll forgive them for not sweeping if they go ahead and get a shut out the next 3 games!

:tt02:

chucoblack&gold
12-28-2008, 09:10 PM
All season long I've been thanking our D for keeping us in the game.

GO BLITZBURGH!!!!!! :tt02::tt02::thumbsup:

Lock Down
12-28-2008, 09:12 PM
Tremendous defense, hopefully the best is yet to come & then it will be able to truly cement it's place in history.

Credit to the all the players who stepped up when injuries occured, Hampton, Kiesel, Deshea, McFadden, Clark, were all injured at one point or another during the season but it didn't ultimately matter one bit.

SteelCityMan786
12-28-2008, 09:47 PM
I'll forgive them for not sweeping if they go ahead and get a shut out the next 3 games!

:tt02:

As long as they take care of business, I'll be happy.

Shreveport Steeler
12-28-2008, 10:02 PM
Easily one of the best defenses I have ever seen. :tt02:

Carolina Steelers
12-28-2008, 10:34 PM
Our secondary was excellent this year I cant recall a time when our DB's where this good all the way around

Dino 6 Rings
12-28-2008, 10:41 PM
Our secondary was excellent this year I cant recall a time when our DB's where this good all the way around

Very impressed with them all year.

VegasStlrFan
12-28-2008, 11:18 PM
The best D performance you will see for quite some time I'm sure. They easily rank in the top 5 all time, easily! What the main stats don't show is how many short fields they defended or a the turnover vs pts. The stat comparisons I would like to see are the short field (50 and in) defenses versus the points allowed and our 'O's turnovers vs points allowed. Those have to be #1 all time, and thats what got them to a 12 win season.

The 4 losses should have been blowouts but were still close winable games; 3 turnovers to Philly (loss by 9), 4 to Giants (loss by 7), 3 to Colts (loss by 4), and 4 to Titans (loss by 17, w/ 7 coming from an int returned for td)). Those are some of top teams in the league and would have hung 20+ on any other team. Then factor in an inept offense, a terrible/inconsistent punting game, and a ridiculous schedule and you start to get a picture of just how good this D really is.

Fortunately only the Steeler faithful that have watched week in and week out truely know how talented this D is. The rest of the league will get to see it in the ass kickin thats about to take place in their next 3 games! Bring on the Manning's, White, Johnson, McNab, LT, Rivers, Ryan, Lewis, Pennington, or whoever thinks they got the sack to take on these guys in the post season! I SMELL A RING!!!!

drizze99
12-29-2008, 12:13 AM
Our secondary was excellent this year I cant recall a time when our DB's where this good all the way around

That man in your sig had A LOT to do with it.

That was one area that was our achilles heel in the past with Cowher. I used to sit there and cringe when opposing QB's stepped back to pass.... NOT ANYMORE!

Crushzilla
12-29-2008, 12:57 AM
Unfortunately, this year's defense's performance will go basically unnoticed by the league as a whole unless the Steelers win the Super Bowl.

We, of course, will remember it, but it will not be one of those things.

410 Steel
12-29-2008, 01:10 AM
total defense- steelers #1 = 237/game (ravens 2nd- 262)

points per game- steelers #1 = 13.9/game (titans 2nd- 14.6)

rushing- steelers #3 = 80/game (minn 1st- 76, balt 2nd- 78)

passing- steelers #1 = 156.9/game (phil 2nd- 180)

so we finish 1-1-3-1 and i still think we have one of the great defenses of all time.

maybe not the best, but the numbers dont lie.... easilly top ten (and better than the 91 eagles considering our record and schedule).

Pittsburgh ended up 1-1-2-1, as they finished ahead of Baltimore in rushing defense.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/statistics?stat=team&sort=rypg&pos=def&league=nfl&season=2&year=2008

MasterOfPuppets
12-29-2008, 01:33 AM
Pittsburgh ended up 1-1-2-1, as they finished ahead of Baltimore in rushing defense.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/statistics?stat=team&sort=rypg&pos=def&league=nfl&season=2&year=2008your stats may not be including week 17.....

how in the hell did they let lewis gain 90+ yards is beyond me......it was painfully obvious the browns had NO interest in the forward pass. they could've put 10 in the box, and still not worry about getting beat deep.

410 Steel
12-29-2008, 02:06 AM
your stats may not be including week 17.....

how in the hell did they let lewis gain 90+ yards is beyond me......it was painfully obvious the browns had NO interest in the forward pass. they could've put 10 in the box, and still not worry about getting beat deep.

It's the other way around. His stats were counted before the Ravens stats were included I believe.

Steelers : 1284 rushing yards allowed = 80.2 yards per game
Ravens : 1302 rushing yards allowed = 81.4 yards per game

http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?tabSeq=2&defensiveStatisticCategory=RUSHING&conference=ALL&role=OPP&season=2008&seasonType=REG&d-447263-s=RUSHING_YARDS_PER_GAME_AVG&d-447263-o=1&d-447263-n=1

BehindSteelCurtain
12-29-2008, 02:53 AM
Steelers have one of the best defenses in the NFL but one Raven or Titans fan could make their case.

Frankie3521
12-29-2008, 03:29 AM
Tomlin has sure turned himself into an excellent NFL coach. He's a major part of the reason this defense is so damn good. Of course, Lebeau is the best defensive coordinator of all time, that mixed with Troy Polomalu, James Harrison, and James Farrior is bound to bring some kind of success!

Galax Steeler
12-29-2008, 04:57 AM
your stats may not be including week 17.....

how in the hell did they let lewis gain 90+ yards is beyond me......it was painfully obvious the browns had NO interest in the forward pass. they could've put 10 in the box, and still not worry about getting beat deep.

I don't know either as you stated we could have stacked the box and shut down the run there passing game wasn't a threat.

Aussie_steeler
12-29-2008, 05:33 AM
ANother interesting Defensive stat to consider

The Steelers defense came oh-so-close to setting an NFL record for lowest yards-per-play allowed in a 16-game season, missing the mark by 0.007 yards. After holding the Browns to 126 yards offense on 50 plays, the Steelers finished the regular season allowing an average of 3.897 yards per play, their lowest since the 16-game schedule was instituted in 1978. But, the record is held by the 1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who allowed an average of 3.890 yards per play. You would need a Hubble telescope to discern the difference.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08364/938323-66.stm


OK time to hand it over to a statistician. Exactly how many yards difference does that equate to over the season?

This defence is so good I think it makes poor old Ray Lewis really jealous. Because he cannot make any arguement for how or why his D can be considered better. Case closed Ray.

markymarc
12-29-2008, 07:35 AM
Congrats to the defense for playing a spectacular season. Now they just need to continue their high level of play through the playoffs.