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davidtrout
09-18-2011, 06:40 PM
The Steelers in unusual fashion, chose not to blitz for the majority of today's game. Most of the day we saw a 3 or 4 man rush with little pressure on the QB. Forgive me for saying this, but that was a very ratbirdlike defensive plan. Other teams use it too, but it's usually a 43 philosophy. Just found it curious is all, I don't recall the last time we employed that style under LeBeau. Not since Haslett have we used it on a regular basis.

The result: 164 total yards (133 pass, 31 rush), 8 first downs, and 0 points. The seahawks had the ball for 21:16 and didn't cross midfield until the 4th qtr.

I know who we were playing. Just saying, not bad. :noidea:

Fire Arians
09-18-2011, 06:43 PM
they were using a lot of press coverage too. either lebeau is trying new things or we were just showing zero respect for t. jackson and seattle's receivers.

though willie gay is more of a man corner, the change in defensive scheme could have been because we were missing mcfadden who is more of a zone guy. have to play to the strengths of your roster

austinfrench76
09-18-2011, 10:07 PM
I loved the result today but our defense got zero turnovers and zero pressure. SOmething to look out for when we play a good QB.

tanda10506
09-19-2011, 01:16 AM
I loved the result today but our defense got zero turnovers and zero pressure. SOmething to look out for when we play a good QB.

I would have liked to see at least one turnover. With Keisel, Smith, Heyward and Hood, there is no reason that even rushing 3 or 4 that we can't get some pressure sometimes. It seemed like we had no pressure until the 4th quarter. I know it's just the Seahawks, but when the defense shuts down any NFL offense like that, it's pretty good. I'd like them to try it a few more games, especially against a passing team like the Texans. The only thing is I'd like to see Woodley and Harrison rushing a little bit more.

DanRooney
09-19-2011, 01:19 AM
It actually was similar to the last time we played Seattle when we shut them out. I think we played some version of the Tampa 2 then. There was very little pressure for the entire game up until late in the 4th quarter.

Steelersfan87
09-19-2011, 02:54 AM
There was some adequate pressure in the first half, though I agree that it could have been better. The fact that they blitzed very little and hardly stunted much had a lot to do with that though. I think that they felt it would be more effective to fluster Jackson with not having anywhere to throw to while presenting him with few looks at their actual pressure packages until the game situation called for it. Really, I find it difficult to complain about pressure when they didn't even make it into Steelers territory until a third of the way through the 4th quarter.

pancake
09-19-2011, 05:18 AM
Sometimes blitzing a running QB will get you in trouble. I think dick decided to let Jackson beat us through the air, which he couldn't do.

Rick5895
09-19-2011, 06:55 AM
I loved the result today but our defense got zero turnovers and zero pressure. SOmething to look out for when we play a good QB.

We had some pressure and 5 sacks attest to that. The lack of turnovers is worrisome but Troy dropped what would have been a pic six.
But if the Steelers can win by shutout playing this style of D, then that gives the other NFL teams more to think about.

wera176
09-19-2011, 11:52 AM
Sometimes blitzing a running QB will get you in trouble. I think dick decided to let Jackson beat us through the air, which he couldn't do.

Bingo, we have a winner! :applaudit: Why risk a blitz if there isn't a need to?

It seemed that once Jackson and the offense started to get in a rhythm (and threaten the shutout!) that dick released the hounds and once he got knocked around some and knocked off his rhythm, dick went back to the original plan.

solardave
09-19-2011, 04:19 PM
I loved the result today but our defense got zero turnovers and zero pressure. SOmething to look out for when we play a good QB.

We had what 4 sacks and Troy dropped that would be int with no one in front of him. How often does that happen? Zero turnovers yeah but the pressure was OK.

solardave
09-19-2011, 04:22 PM
Sometimes blitzing a running QB will get you in trouble. I think dick decided to let Jackson beat us through the air, which he couldn't do.

That's what I was thinking. I had their run game stuffed so why let this guy lose when we could just contain him and make him beat us from the pocket. It worked so you won't hear me complain.

Atlanta Dan
09-19-2011, 04:49 PM
New York Times sums it up - Steelers did not need to take chances yesterday

Itís apparent the Steelers watched the Seahawks tape this past week and concluded that they didnít need to do anything on Sunday other than show up and play their game. They knew there was no way Tarvaris Jackson, with his jittery and unrefined pocket mechanics, could beat them. They were content with blitzing less and forcing Jackson to be a decision-maker

http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/19/n-f-l-week-2-quick-hits-woodsons-big-day/?ref=sports

tony hipchest
09-19-2011, 06:13 PM
New York Times sums it up - Steelers did not need to take chances yesterday

Itís apparent the Steelers watched the Seahawks tape this past week and concluded that they didnít need to do anything on Sunday other than show up and play their game. They knew there was no way Tarvaris Jackson, with his jittery and unrefined pocket mechanics, could beat them. They were content with blitzing less and forcing Jackson to be a decision-maker

http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/19/n-f-l-week-2-quick-hits-woodsons-big-day/?ref=sportsso in other words, lebeau just decided to play to his players strengths and let them decide the game as opposed to out scheming, and tricking the opponent with exotic blitzes and x's and o's he drew up on a chalkboard.

you mean he just stepped aside and let his players decide the game with some gool ol fashioned, conventional, physical football?

damn, imagine how good our offense would be if mad scientist bruce could give that a try. :tap: