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Old 08-29-2011, 08:16 AM   #1
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Busy Half Chasing WRs Gives Pittsburgh Defense An Eyeful
Atlanta Falcons Make Plenty Of Catches Against Steelers
UPDATED: 12:35 am EDT August 29, 2011

PITTSBURGH -- James Harrison expected the Pittsburgh Steelers defense to be tested by the high-powered Atlanta Falcons. The All-Pro linebacker also expected to get off the field.

Turns out, he was half right.

Though the Steelers rode the big plays of wide receiver Antonio Brown to a 34-16 win on Saturday night, the league’s top defense a year ago had trouble keeping up with the Falcons, whose starters packed a full game’s worth of work into two busy quarters.

Atlanta’s Matt Ryan threw a whopping 42 passes -- completing 22 of them -- for 220 yards with a touchdown and an interception without getting sacked, moving the ball with ease at times against Pittsburgh’s banged-up secondary.

“I think they would have run a lot more than what they did, but if you have something that was working, and it was working for them, I don’t see what you need to change it for,” Harrison said.

Atlanta did most of its damage through the air, with Ryan expertly picking his way down the field by spreading the ball around. Roddy White, rookie Julio Jones, Harry Douglas and tight end Tony Gonzalez all finished with at least three receptions.

Though linebacker Lawrence Timmons celebrated his new six-year, $50 million contract by returning an interception 44 yards to set up a field goal, it marked one of the few successes for the starters on a night in which they struggled to keep up when the Falcons spread the field.

“They have a lot of weapons,” Timmons said. “I think we did OK today. I think we could have done better.

”So does coach Mike Tomlin. The Steelers failed to rattle Ryan, who twice escaped a fast-closing Harrison to run for positive yardage. Given time to throw, Ryan helped the Falcons convert 7 of 12 third downs.

“I’d like to see us get off more consistently on third down defensively, put more consistent pressure on the quarterback and have tighter coverage in the secondary,” Tomlin said.

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Old 08-29-2011, 01:37 PM   #2
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Alot of those completions were when they were playing that Bullshit cushion/zone/prevent lebeau seems to favor so much...he has faster DB's on the field now and they definitely play better in press coverage....
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:56 PM   #3
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Create pressure and get some good knocks on a quick-fire pass happy QB and the rest will take care of itself. Someone else besides Harrison and Woodley need to get to the QB - plain and simple. Time for Timmons to get that sack/pressures stat way up this year.

I have full faith that Tricky Dick Lebeau has something special saved just for Brady boy.

I think the move at DBs coach and the depth we added has proven some urgency to correct the back end this year.

Oh yes - the lombardi trophy will be ours, oh yes . . .
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Old 08-29-2011, 04:32 PM   #4
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I'm fed up with the DBs playing 10-15 yards off the receivers. If we are getting the pressure on the pocket that we are used to, we should be playing tighter coverage on the outside, ESPECIALLY on 3rd and long. How many times do we have to see a receiver or tight end catch a pass across the middle for 12 yards on 3rd and 11?!

Maybe these new young speedy DBs will allow LeBeau to tighten up on those WRs.
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holding Ryan to 22 of 42 for 220 yards and 1 TD and 1 INT is pretty solid defense IMO

only thing I didn't like was 3rd downs

best defense is a good offense, we certainly scored the points but the one thing we didn't do was control the clock with a dominating run game, of which that's not something we're going to be messing with much in preseason anyway

can't expect any defense to be unbreakable if they're on the field the majority of the game
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holding Ryan to 22 of 42 for 220 yards and 1 TD and 1 INT is pretty solid defense IMO

only thing I didn't like was 3rd downs

best defense is a good offense, we certainly scored the points but the one thing we didn't do was control the clock with a dominating run game, of which that's not something we're going to be messing with much in preseason anyway

can't expect any defense to be unbreakable if they're on the field the majority of the game
dude that was in the first half...extrapolate that over a whole game...that's the main weakness of playing off your receiver
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I don't take much from the preseason games no matter what the stats are. Our starting corners didn't even play. LeBeau isn't going to show anything new in the preseason. The timing is still obviously off for Harrison, who got close to getting a sack twice and just didn't get it. Of course we are going to struggle against a pass happy offense, mainly just New England's, but in a real game the Falcons would not have passed that well against us. Bottom line though, these new corners need to step up and take the #2 and #3 spots.
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All that matters is scoring. If we can limit teams to 16 points each game, i will be happy.

I could care less how many yards our pass defense gives up as long as we give up the least amount of points. So much is said about how poor our pass defense is but a huge reason is because our run defense is so good. If our run defense sucked, other teams would run on us all day and wouldnt bother to throw. And out pass defense number would look a whole lot better.

People, please look at "stats" with a smarter eye and the whole picture.
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holding Ryan to 22 of 42 for 220 yards and 1 TD and 1 INT is pretty solid defense IMO
FWIW Peter King was not particularly impressed with what the Falcons accomplished

Stat Lines of the Weekend
A few of the performances that caught my eye last week.

Atlanta QB Matt Ryan vs. Pittsburgh (first half)
Comp. - 22
Att. - 42
Yards - 210
TD- 1
Int - 1
Rating - 65.6

Thought: Weird. The Falcons obviously wanted to see how the Roddy White-Julio Jones-Tony Gonzalez-Harry Douglas receiver group worked in tandem against a good pressure defense like Pittsburgh's. The answer: plenty of work left to do.


http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201....week.3/1.html

The inabiity to sack Ryan (which I attribute to Harrison clearly not being in game shape due to the back surgeries) bothered me more than the passing yards
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I have full faith that Tricky Dick Lebeau has something special saved just for Brady boy.
lol...the steelers defense will get shredded by brady again. lebeau is too passive when playing brady and brady loves it.
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