Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2013 Goal: $400.00 - To Date: $00.00 (00.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers Steelers - Referees    Browns

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-23-2009, 04:57 PM   #1
mesaSteeler
A Son of Martha
Supporter
 

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Posts: 7,976
Gender: Male
Member Number: 10438
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Steelers' pass rush running in low gear

Steelers' pass rush running in low gear
http://www.observer-reporter.com/OR/...k-of-pass-rush
By F. Dale Lolley, Staff writer, dlolley@observer-reporter.com

PITTSBURGH - The Steelers entered the season knowing opponents would try to prevent outside linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley from getting to their quarterbacks.

Thus far, it appears Pittsburgh's opponents can consider the mission accomplished.

After teaming for 271/2 sacks last year, Harrison and Woodley have been shut out this season as opponents have gone with more three-step drops for their quarterbacks. As a result, a Pittsburgh's pass rush, which produced 51 sacks a year ago, has just two.

By comparison, Cincinnati defensive end Antwan Odom had five sacks in the Bengals' victory Sunday over Green Bay last and leads the NFL with seven. The Steelers (1-1) play at Cincinnati (1-1) Sunday.

"I don't necessarily think it's indicative of the kind of rush we've been getting," said Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. "We never use sacks to measure the quality of our rush. We want pressure applied to the quarterback, and ultimately it's how the quarterback plays."

If that's the indicator, then Tomlin can't be pleased. Opposing quarterbacks are completing 67.1 percent of their passes and have a passer rating of 93.4. Last season, when the Steelers led the NFL in passing yards, total defense and points allowed, opponents completed just 56.5 percent of their throws and had a passer rating of 64.3.

"We're going to have to adjust what we're doing," defensive end Brett Keisel said. "Teams are getting rid of the ball quickly, but we've got to do a better job of disrupting that."

The Steelers believe things will eventually even out.

"That quick passing, at times, is a run-game alternative," Tomlin said. "Of course, the minute you don't complete one of those short passes, you're behind the chains."

Getting Woodley and Harrison, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year to the quarterback would help. Harrison, in particular, is in a bit of a slump after registering 16 sacks a year ago. Counting the team's final two playoff games last season, he has gone four games without a sack.

"He's applied some pressure, and he hasn't gotten home and gotten a sack yet," Tomlin said. "Maybe that'll change this weekend."

Odds and end zones

Tomlin said Tyrone Carter, who's replacing injured Troy Polamalu at strong safety, might be held out of practice early in the week after suffering a thigh contusion against Chicago. If Carter is unable to play Sunday, Ryan Mundy might make his first career start. ... Inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons has been cleared to return to fulltime action. After missing the opener with a sprained ankle, Timmons returned against Chicago, but only played on obvious passing downs. Keyaron Fox played in his place in the base defense.
mesaSteeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2009, 06:31 PM   #2
AllD
Team Owner
 

Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,586
Member Number: 11931
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Steelers' pass rush running in low gear

The titans and Bears came out with short dink and dunk passes to the flat. Their QBs got rid of the ball in less than 3 seconds. It's much more difficult to sack a QB that gets rid of the ball fast. Teams changed their offensive scheme to combat our defense. Now we need to change to affect their offense.
__________________
ALL DEFENSE!!!
AllD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2009, 06:52 PM   #3
tyler289
Team Captain
 
tyler289's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 704
Member Number: 9049
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Steelers' pass rush running in low gear

We faced two teams that love to use the TE and RB in the passing game, and without Troy/Timmons, it was really tough to apply pressure and still cover those.

This week, the Bengals don't use their TEs or RBs as much, so we should see the pressure more meaningful.
tyler289 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2009, 10:27 AM   #4
markymarc
Team Owner
Supporter
 
markymarc's Avatar
 

Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 2,589
Member Number: 2292
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Steelers' pass rush running in low gear

I would consider our pass rush in neutral right now. The Bears and Titans knew how to attack our defense and LeBeau and company need to figure out how to get that defense moving forward again.
markymarc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2009, 02:56 PM   #5
Hines0wnz
Living Legend
 
Hines0wnz's Avatar
 

Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 3,074
Gender: Male
Member Number: 3085
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Steelers' pass rush running in low gear

Its time for Woodley and Harrison to begin the 2009 season.
__________________
Hines0wnz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2009, 02:42 AM   #6
MongoSteeler
Draft Prospect
 

Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Mongolia
Posts: 84
Gender: Male
Member Number: 13096
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Steelers' pass rush running in low gear

The Titans have a pretty good pair of running backs that they use to loosen up the defense to get the passing game goping.
The Bears use a similar offensive scheme with Mat Forte.
Cincinnati is counting on using Benson to force up the defense to open up the passing game like they did in Green Bay.

Neither the Titans or Chicago pulled that off.

If the defense can stop Benson, and I think they most definately can, the Bengals passing game is in big trouble. The Steelers D is not the Green Bay D. Can you see them giving up a 3rd and 35 run with Cincy backed up inside their own 10 for a first down?

Me either.
MongoSteeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2009, 07:49 PM   #7
markymarc
Team Owner
Supporter
 
markymarc's Avatar
 

Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 2,589
Member Number: 2292
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Steelers' pass rush running in low gear

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hines0wnz View Post
Its time for Woodley and Harrison to begin the 2009 season.
Yea you think Either that or the officials actually start calling holding on the OL players attempting to block Harrison!
markymarc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2009, 01:16 AM   #8
runforthestars
Water Boy
 

Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 3
Member Number: 14245
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Steelers' pass rush running in low gear

Not a Steelers fan, but stop panicking, you're two games into the season, and have been one of the best teams for years, and just came off a Superbowl team. I doubt everyone decided to suck over the summer.

They didn't all, the coaches and players and ownership, get together in April or May in a room and say, "Ok, let's suck for awhile, that'll be new, that'll show 'em, and if not, well someone else deserves a chance anyway," and there was a chocolate fountain that shot chocolate 100 meters into the air and rained down chocolate that everyone rolled around in and ate.
runforthestars is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:18 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts