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Old 12-09-2009, 11:22 AM   #1
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Default Breakdown of Pittsburgh's pass defense

http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/pos...s-pass-defense

By James Walker

The Pittsburgh Steelers (6-6) have allowed a lot of key passing plays during their four-game losing streak, particularly in the fourth quarter.

So the AFC North blog checked in with ESPN Stats & Information this week to find out exactly where the big plays were coming from the past four games.

Here is what we found:


Taylor

Pittsburgh's left side

Cornerback: Ike Taylor

Stats: 41-of-62 (66.1 percent), 425 yards, 2 TDs, 0 Ints.

Analysis: It looks like opponents are attacking short on Pittsburgh's left side, and the high completion percentage is a concern. That says Taylor is not getting his hands on the ball enough to create pass defenses. The Steelers also have zero interceptions from cornerbacks this year, which has to improve. Quarterbacks won't feel threatened throwing on the perimeter if the worst thing that happens is an incompletion.

Pittsburgh's middle

Clark



Carter

Safeties: Ryan Clark and Tyrone Carter

Stats: 11-for-20 (55 percent), 171 yards, 0 TDs, 0 Ints.

Analysis: On Monday, I wrongfully downed Clark and Carter during this four-game losing streak. But I definitely retract those statements, because these are solid numbers that proved me incorrect. Even without Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh’s safeties are preventing the big statistical plays. The Steelers are allowing just 42.75 passing yards a game up the middle during their skid. Clark continues to be around the football with 14 tackles in his past two games.

Pittsburgh's right side


Gay

Cornerback: William Gay

Stats: 24-of-47 (51.1 percent), 427 yards, 4 TDs and 0 Ints.

Analysis: The low completion percentage is solid, but the amount of big plays is off the charts on Pittsburgh's right side. Opponents in the past four games are averaging 17.8 yards per completion throwing in the direction of Gay. Four of those 24 completions have been touchdowns. Statistically, it looks like one side is giving up a high percentage of completions and the other is giving up big plays. These are issues Pittsburgh’s coaching staff will try to fix this week against the Cleveland Browns (1-11).
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:29 AM   #2
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Default Re: Breakdown of Pittsburgh's pass defense

Corners are not good this season. The safeties (even without Troy) are doing fine.
Stats don't lie.
Now, the safeties are not Troy, as far as playmaking, etc. But they are doing their jobs.
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:33 AM   #3
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Default Re: Breakdown of Pittsburgh's pass defense

So one side is giving up fewer plays, but bigger ones, and the other side is allowing a high completion percentage. Awesome
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:43 AM   #4
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We don't have any picks which means you can throw the ball into the air and either the opponent's receiver comes down with it or our CBs/safties Sweed it. There are no QBs that are afraid of our secondary. They just need enough time to avoid our pass rush and throw the ball. It isn't complicated.
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Default Re: Breakdown of Pittsburgh's pass defense

Stat's don't lie or tell the truth, they need good interpretation to know what you are and aren't looking at.

This analysis has a lot of holes in it. you can't just look at all the pass play locations and say that it's the job or a corner or a safety to take it away.
  • what about nickel DB?
  • Don't the corners move around so Ike can take the stud WR's?
  • what about ILB coverage in the middle?
  • What about the fact that the safeties have coverage of the top of half of the field half of the time and are therefore responsible for half of the middle and one side in conjunction with the DB team?
  • What about Zone Blitz swtichups -- You have the nose tackle covering a tight end or slot receiver sometimes when the Nickel corner blitzes? similar scenario where an OLB is coving a back or TE in the flat.

IMO James Walker has a pretty sweet job and no standard of accountability for knowing what he's talking about.
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I think the safety play has been bad they have been out of position and yes stats lie
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We don't have any picks which means you can throw the ball into the air and either the opponent's receiver comes down with it or our CBs/safties Sweed it. There are no QBs that are afraid of our secondary. They just need enough time to avoid our pass rush and throw the ball. It isn't complicated.
They don't even have to be good passes.....wobbly, end over end balls will suffice ..
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IMO James Walker has a pretty sweet job and no standard of accountability for knowing what he's talking about.
I agree. I could be wrong, but I swear Tyronne Carter did give up 1 TD to the Raiders. And sorry James Walker but our safety play has been horrible. The entire secondary including Ryan Clark and TC have been downright pathetic.
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Default Re: Breakdown of Pittsburgh's pass defense

[QUOTE=Steely McSmash;723964]Stat's don't lie or tell the truth, they need good interpretation to know what you are and aren't looking at.QUOTE]

That was either well said or not said well.
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