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Old 09-06-2007, 11:57 PM   #1
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I found this a very impressive stat.

The last back to reach triple digits on the ground against the Steelers was the Colts' Edgerrin James, who rumbled for 124 yards on Nov. 28, 2005.

Steelers defense predicated on stopping the run
By Mike Prisuta
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, September 7, 2007

Dick LeBeau may be the godfather of the zone blitz and the author of 62 career interceptions, but the key to his success as the defensive coordinator of the Steelers is shutting down the run.

"That's what made him famous," linebacker James Farrior said of the zone-blitz scheme LeBeau introduced to the NFL in the mid-to-late 1980s, "but stopping the run makes those zone blitzes work a little bit better."

Make no mistake; stopping the run is the Steelers' top priority. Always has been and always will be, particularly on Sunday in Cleveland.

The Steelers' defense will be out to extend its streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher to 22 consecutive games against Jamal Lewis and the Browns.

The last back to reach triple digits on the ground against the Steelers was the Colts' Edgerrin James, who rumbled for 124 yards on Nov. 28, 2005.

Prior to James, it hadn't happened in 22 consecutive games.

And the current run of run-stuffing doesn't include three playoff games and Super Bowl XL, none of which saw an opposing back reach the century mark against the Steelers, at the conclusion of the 2005 regular season.

"Our main thing is our desire," Farrior said. "The coaches preach so much about stopping the run and trying to make the game one-dimensional that it carries over to the players. We all have that same mind-set: Stop the run."

The Steelers have surrendered an NFL-low 8,398 rushing yards over the last six seasons, including 88.2 per game a year ago, which ranked second in the AFC and third in the NFL.

The standard they're held to never wavers.

"We're gonna get our (behinds) cussed out if we give up a 100-yard rusher," Farrior said. "Buts (linebackers coach Keith Butler), LeBeau, Mitch (assistant head coach/defensive line coach John Mitchell), they'll all get in on it."

And they're not the only ones.

"Sometimes, you hear guys complaining in the huddle if a guy gets 3 yards on us," linebacker Larry Foote said. "If a guy gets 1 or 2 yards, people are upset about it.

"(Nose tackle) Casey Hampton is normally the one yelling about it."

The Steelers' run defense begins with Hampton's ability to clog the middle.

What separates it, the players maintain, is their ability to play with great discipline (each man playing his gap and only his gap and trusting the man next to him to do the same) and great determination.

"It's X's and O's, but it's more man-on-man, roll up your sleeves," Foote said. "We take pride in that. That's how it was before I got here.

"When you watch the film, you don't want to be the guy not running to the ball."

The Steelers have put the 100-yard clamps on Fred Taylor, LaDainian Tomlinson, Deuce McAllister, Reggie Bush, Rudi Johnson and Larry Johnson during their 21-game streak.

Lewis, a former 2,000-yard rusher in Baltimore, gets his third shot at snapping it on Sunday.

"If we do our job, I don't think anybody can run the ball on us," Hampton said. "It's tradition around here."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_526140.html
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Old 09-07-2007, 03:54 AM   #2
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I hope we see that streak continuing for weeks to come.
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Old 09-07-2007, 07:02 AM   #3
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Sometimes, you hear guys complaining in the huddle if a guy gets 3 yards on us," linebacker Larry Foote said. "If a guy gets 1 or 2 yards, people are upset about it.
I love that spirit.

Last year #3 in stopping the run and now we got the defense coordinator from the team that were #1 at stopping the run....I think it's going to be a hard day for Jamal Lewis
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There will be no run against our D on Sunday, not from the Browns.
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Dominating the line on both sides of the ball. It's how we normally manhandle the browns.
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Jamal Lewis will rush for as many yards SUnday as he would if he was still on the Ravens and the Browns were playing the Steelers... Probably less...
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i would never start a running back playing against us in fantasy football.
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Not to be a dick, but part of the reason teams don't run is because we put so much emphasis towards stopping the run that its way easier to pass on us. Its not much consolation to be ranked so high in run defense if your pass defense is ranked toward the bottom.
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Not to be a dick, but part of the reason teams don't run is because we put so much emphasis towards stopping the run that its way easier to pass on us. Its not much consolation to be ranked so high in run defense if your pass defense is ranked toward the bottom.
This is a very ugly but very accurate fact. We will see Sunday just how strong our run d is, as the Browns really don't have the ability to throw a lot right now.
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Not to be a dick, but part of the reason teams don't run is because we put so much emphasis towards stopping the run that its way easier to pass on us. Its not much consolation to be ranked so high in run defense if your pass defense is ranked toward the bottom.
Yep, why try and run on us, when we do such a good job of stopping that, but are vulnerable to the 5-7 yard outs and slants because we give WRs a 10-12 yard cushion on every play?
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