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Old 10-22-2012, 09:12 AM   #31
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I saw that as well - the leverage is def not there - he was just a shade late a couple of times getting to the QB. This would be a fine time for someone else to bring the heat a little more. I thought Keisel played a great 2nd half.

Hopefully the confidence of having both of them back will be enough to improve this D to at least "good enough"

IMO, the jury is still out. Need to start stacking the Ws.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:59 AM   #32
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One good road game on Defense doesn't erase the disasters in Oakland and Tennessee. Even then this game was well on it's way to be another Defensive disaster with the bad opening drive and being down 14-3.

Next week DL is going up against the explosive Redskins and RGIII. We'll see how our D will keep it going.
It's the other way around... three years in five at the number one spot on defense will not erase one bad game for you people. I suppose it comes with the territory in Pittsburgh, spoiled fans and all, but you have to recognize it for what it is.
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It's the other way around... three years in five at the number one spot on defense will not erase one bad game for you people. I suppose it comes with the territory in Pittsburgh, spoiled fans and all, but you have to recognize it for what it is.
It's actually somewhere in between. The defense has been ranked high since LeBeau has been here, but it's also had a habit of squandering leads. It's also gone from Superman to Clark Kent when Troy is missing.

That a defensive scheme's success relies so much on a freelancing superstar is kind of telling, perhaps.
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Ed: Steelers Defense Rises to "No. 2"

TUESDAY, 23 OCTOBER 2012 WRITTEN BY ED BOUCHETTE

Good morning,

Some stuff, and then on to your questions that have been neglected the past few days:

--- In the Stats are Stats department: Steelers defense has risen to No. 2 in the NFL in fewest yards allowed per game, No. 2 in passing yards, No. 9 in rushing yards and No. 12 in points.

--- Stats are Stats offense: No. 11 in yards, No. 6 in passing, No. 26 in rushing, No. 17 in scoring.

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TUESDAY, 23 OCTOBER 2012 WRITTEN BY ED BOUCHETTE

Good morning,

Some stuff, and then on to your questions that have been neglected the past few days:

--- In the Stats are Stats department: Steelers defense has risen to No. 2 in the NFL in fewest yards allowed per game, No. 2 in passing yards, No. 9 in rushing yards and No. 12 in points.

--- Stats are Stats offense: No. 11 in yards, No. 6 in passing, No. 26 in rushing, No. 17 in scoring.

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Not happy about the defense's points allowed, but it would include that bungles touchdown that the offense set up. Still, not good.
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Ed.B. also said the bumble bee unis are making an appearance this Sunday

Ed, is this the week we get to see the dreaded bumble bee uniforms?

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Yes, the first of two. Some call them the prisoner uniforms. I, though, will wear my normal home outfit on Sunday.

By the way, those uniforms were worn only during the 1934 season, so they must not have been popular back then either.


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Harrison does not appear to be anywhere close to being back - the video of Harrison previously being able to get leverage on the lineman when he came in at a 40 degree angle while placing great stress on his knee and now coming in at a higher 60 degree angle and getting less leverage was telling

I, too, closely watched Harrison since he's been back. Not even close to the same player.
Call it from what you want....the injuries, the "pulling up" because he's afraid to get fined, etc. And people can cry and moan all they want here about him "getting double-teamed".
But the fact of the matter is, the other premier linebackers are ALSO getting double-teamed as much as Harrison is....and they're just fine.

I certainly don't like to see this....it pains me to say it....but its the truth. The only positive i'm seeing right now is that he has to be accounted for.
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Burning Questions About The ‘Mystery’ Of The Steelers’ Defense

October 24, 2012
By Christina Rivers

Pittsburgh Steelers fans are the type of fans who analyze everything. They watch the games, they complain about ‘bad calls’ by officials, they bicker about which player is doing better on offense or who plays better defense. They’ve been criticized by fans of other teams for being stubbornly loyal and they’ve been criticized publicly for being too critical of their own team; players and coaches alike. One looming question in the minds of many members of ‘Steeler Nation’ this season has been, ‘How are we ranked so high in the NFL in defense when it looks like our defense is struggling so much?’ A legitimate answer is deserved.

The Steelers didn’t roar into the regular season in 2012; they lost the season opener in Denver. That was followed by two wins and two losses. The two losses were to the Oakland Raiders and the Tennessee Titans, teams that are statistically ranked in the bottom tier in offense in the National Football League. In 2010, the Steelers were convinced that the numbers lied. Fans who remember the ‘glory days’ and have lived through the years of success in Pittsburgh are typically too young to remember the first 40 years of the organization. Beginning in 1933, the Steelers were abysmal. Even the Rooney family realized that they weren’t making headway in professional football, but they stuck with it. The team has never moved out of Pittsburgh and is one of the oldest franchises in the league today. They’re celebrating their 80th season.

The sports media has made comments about the Steelers’ defense being “too old”, “slowing down” and even pointed out that they seem to lack the type of discipline typical to a defense that has been feared and respected for at least three decades. Fans have begun to wonder if the media they love to challenge has a point this year.

The Steelers are behind only the San Francisco 49ers in total defense through Week 7 of the 2012 NFL season. Their statistical ranking for pass defense is second in the league (184.8 yards/game). The rush defense is ranked ninth overall (92.5 yards/game). On paper, there really isn’t a lot to complain about as far as the defense goes, so why are fans not seeing it translated onto the field? Does the math add up, so to speak? Corey Doss put it this way, “The defense is ranked second in total defense in the NFL, but I think all would agree that the defense does not look all that intimidating (six games into the season). We have lost to the Raiders who are ranked 18th in total offense, and they seemed to strike at will. We lost to the Titans who are ranked 26th in total offense, and they seemed to score at will. 290 yards for (Matt) Hasselbeck, the second-string quarterback, and 91 yards for CJ2K. What we are seeing on the field and the rankings don’t seem to mesh.”

They key to solving the ‘great mystery’ is a statistic that few people think about after they’ve seen it on the field. Usually, they get caught up in the excitement of the win or the defeat and forget about the fact that their team was wearing as much gold as what got tossed onto the field with weighted bean-bags at the end of them by officials; penalties. Some fans may have cussed the television or booed in the stands when the infractions occurred, but have no clue how those penalties affected their team in the grand scheme of things. When a penalty is thrown for a helmet-to-helmet contact infraction, they may argue on Facebook about whether it was legitimate and guess as to how much money that player will be giving to Roger Goodell on Tuesday. Penalties is the key, however, to how on-field play and the numbers in the stats sheet can be so disparate.

How it translates

The Steelers have been without key veteran play-makers this season; Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark (in Denver, due to sickle cell trait), LaMarr Woodley, James Harrison. Clark, Woodley and Harrison are back, so the defense should look great, right? Polamalu is often a one-man wrecking machine on the field, dreaded by many opponents for his incredible ability to disrupt an entire offensive scheme. Quarterbacks have learned to made audibles their best friends to fend off Polamalu’s attacks. Polamalu’s influence is huge to all of his teammates, but they still have Dick LeBeau calling in the plays and they have the same defensive scheme. Injuries don’t truly factor in, in this case.

“I think that we, as Steelers fans, are so accustomed to dominating with our defense that our play of late has us grasping for answers,” Doss added. “Then you see the ranking and it is a head-scratcher.”

Tomlin addressed the penalty issue in his weekly press conference. He pointed the finger at the most-recent penalty receivers; special teams. The special teams committed four holding penalties on kickoff and punt returns that would have been great yardage for Ben Roethlisberger and the offense to start from. Instead, they stole momentum and field position. “On special teams, we wanted to be explosive in the return game,” said Tomlin. “Penalties negated that effort. What is going on in our return game from a penalty standpoint is disturbing. We must improve in that area.” Those penalties were called against blockers, not Antonio Brown and Chris Rainey. And the heat is on. According to Tomlin, “the multiple offenders and egregious offenders are going to be watching as opposed to playing…you can take the helmet off of them and have them watch. That’s what we intend to do if they don’t improve in that area.

Through Week 7, the Steelers have been called for twenty offensive holding penalties, which includes the return game. Of offensive linemen being called, Willie Colon tops the list with six. Cornerback Ike Taylor is on a negative hot-streak having seven penalties called against him. In his last 22 games, that number equals 16. The Steelers, as a team, have been flagged 53 times (an 8.83 penalties per game average).

So many times we hear fans say that the officials have it “out for the Steelers”, but we aren’t talking about ‘replacement refs’ anymore, and game tapes show how legitimate the concern about flagrant fouls should be. This goes way beyond the scandalous head shots or crippling knee hits. This goes to the core.

Mia Dentice Carey pointed out that it “comes down to fundamentals,” and she’s correct. Every player knows what is and isn’t allowed on the field. Hands to the face; unacceptable. Chop-blocking, pushing off, hand-fighting down the field; all going to get called. Yes, players get away with infractions. Every team has their fair share of what many call ‘old-school’ thuggery and not seen that hated flag bounce on the field. The issue for the Steelers is that regardless of whether the officials are catching them all, they are observing enough penalties to hurt the team overall. That means every player in black and gold should own-up and correct the problem.

If you’re one of those fans who’ve been scratching your head like Corey, stop. There is no deep-dark mystery here. It’s really simple. The Steelers aren’t executing a disciplined defense. Once penalties are cracked-down on, the defense can be rehabituated, retooled and seasoned into the type of defense they have always prided themselves in being. It takes time and perseverance, but Coach Tomlin, Coach Haley and Coach LeBeau are just the type of men to set things right.

Stevenson Sylvester is ready to fix the problem. Larry Foote is emphatic that the Steelers have “got a lot of football left, and [they] have to turn it around.” At 3-3, it isn’t time to lay down and quit. The Steelers are still in the hunt. “As long as they make it to the playoffs, they’ll be fine. Keep the faith ‘Steeler Nation’,” Carey added. I agree. Keep the faith. After all, it could be 1933.

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