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Old 12-27-2010, 09:34 PM   #1
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Steelers' run defense on historic pace
December, 27, 2010
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http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/pos...-historic-pace

By James Walker
The Pittsburgh Steelers have had various issues this season, but a consistent strength is their run defense.

Top run defenses in NFL history
Team Year Games Avg yds
1. Bears 1942 11 47.2
2. Eagles 1944 10 55.8
3. Ravens 2000 16 60.6
4. Vikings 2006 16 61.6
5. Steelers 2010 15 64.1
Source: NFL

With one game remaining, Pittsburgh is on a historic pace for stuffing running backs. The Steelers are allowing just 64.1 yards rushing per game, the fifth-best figure all time according to the NFL. Pittsburgh's run defense is third all time since the Super Bowl era in 1966, trailing only the 2000 Baltimore Ravens (60.6 yards) and 2006 Minnesota Vikings (61.6 yards).

It takes a stout and disciplined front seven and a sure-tackling secondary to stop the run. Pittsburgh by far is the best in the league in those areas. The San Diego Chargers are a distant second in run defense, allowing 90.3 rushing yards per game.

Stopping the run and making teams one dimensional will be huge in the playoffs. It's one of several reasons Pittsburgh (11-4) has a chance to reach its second Super Bowl in three seasons.
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Wow @ 47.2 - that is freakish.

I'm happy with Top 5 though
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Default Re: Steelers' run defense on historic pace

ive always believed tomlin being the DC of that 2006 vikings defensive unit went a long way in giving him a legitimate shot in HC'ing the steelers.

theyve always placed emphasis in stopping the run and he has done real well in that regard.
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ive always believed tomlin being the DC of that 2006 vikings defensive unit went a long way in giving him a legitimate shot in HC'ing the steelers.

theyve always placed emphasis in stopping the run and he has done real well in that regard.
I always thought him being a former secondary coach would give him the ability to find an upgrade in our DBs. So far he's brought in William Gay, Keenan Lewis, Joe Burnett, Fernando Bryant, Keiwan Ratliff, Ryan Mundy, Tuff Harris and Will Allen.
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Wow @ 47.2 - that is freakish.

I'm happy with Top 5 though
its freakish to consider in today's terms, but its pretty easy back then when there isn't an equal distribution of talent, especially in an era not known for the forward pass.
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ive always believed tomlin being the DC of that 2006 vikings defensive unit went a long way in giving him a legitimate shot in HC'ing the steelers.

theyve always placed emphasis in stopping the run and he has done real well in that regard.
All this with Ziggy and Eason playing most of the games!
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Steelers' run defense on historic pace
December, 27, 2010
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http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/pos...-historic-pace

By James Walker
The Pittsburgh Steelers have had various issues this season, but a consistent strength is their run defense.

Top run defenses in NFL history
Team Year Games Avg yds
1. Bears 1942 11 47.2
2. Eagles 1944 10 55.8
3. Ravens 2000 16 60.6
4. Vikings 2006 16 61.6
5. Steelers 2010 15 64.1
Source: NFL

With one game remaining, Pittsburgh is on a historic pace for stuffing running backs. The Steelers are allowing just 64.1 yards rushing per game, the fifth-best figure all time according to the NFL. Pittsburgh's run defense is third all time since the Super Bowl era in 1966, trailing only the 2000 Baltimore Ravens (60.6 yards) and 2006 Minnesota Vikings (61.6 yards).

It takes a stout and disciplined front seven and a sure-tackling secondary to stop the run. Pittsburgh by far is the best in the league in those areas. The San Diego Chargers are a distant second in run defense, allowing 90.3 rushing yards per game.

Stopping the run and making teams one dimensional will be huge in the playoffs. It's one of several reasons Pittsburgh (11-4) has a chance to reach its second Super Bowl in three seasons.
Unless they find a way to put pressure on Tom Brady and/or Peyton Manning, stopping the run won't mean squat.
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I always thought him being a former secondary coach would give him the ability to find an upgrade in our DBs. So far he's brought in William Gay, Keenan Lewis, Joe Burnett, Fernando Bryant, Keiwan Ratliff, Ryan Mundy, Tuff Harris and Will Allen.
He's great as long as he's blitzing
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Unless they find a way to put pressure on Tom Brady and/or Peyton Manning, stopping the run won't mean squat.
Very True! We need to get faster in the middle!
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It's all about effort and this team has it in abundance
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