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Breaking Down The Week 8 Sacks Allowed Against New Orleans Saints


The Steelers allowed 3 sacks Sunday night against the New Orleans Saints and we have the breakdowns of all three of them below in animated gif form. If you click on either of the images, you can see the full size replay on NFL.com. All three sacks were on about the same exact formation using the same personnel.

On the first sack it is a 3 wide set with the tight end Heath Miller lined up to the right and running back Mewelde Moore as a sidecar to the left. You can see the line recognizes 8 are coming and the protection call is to the left. Left tackle Flozell Adams just waves at 2 players coming on his side and although Ben Roethlisberger side steps both, the rest of the line and blocks can not hold blocks long enough and the Saints swarm all over Ben. Seems like maybe a receiver missed a hot read maybe, but we really will never know for sure. A quick slant or bubble screen outside to a receiver would seem to slow this down. Saints brought the kitchen sink here on an obvious 3rd and 11 passing down.

Sack #1 versus Saints

Sack #1 versus Saints

On the second sack, once again it is 3 wide set with the tight end Miller lined up to the right and running back Moore as a sidecar to the left. The line initially picks it up good, but when linebacker Marvin Mitchell stunts and loops inside, both Chris Kemoeatu and Moore dive inside to pick him up and Will Smith is let free. Another obvious 3rd and long play that a quick hot slant to Mike Wallace on the left would of beat. Instead Wallace runs right at his defender and sits down in front of him.

Sack #2 versus Saints

Sack #2 versus Saints

On the third sack it is the same formation just flipped with Miller on the left and Moore to the right. The line and Moore actually do a little better job this time picking it up, but Adams allows the initial outside pressure while linebacker Jonathan Vilma comes late through the lane untouched. Roethlisberger did have 3 seconds though from the snap to get rid of the ball. This sack totally killed the drive even on 1st down. Once again no receiver is coming across the middle as it looks to me as if all receivers are 15 plus yards down field and Moore and Miller are kept in for max protection.

Sack #3 versus Saints

Sack #3 versus Saints

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  • king

    This game showed with a explanation mark how bad we need cover corners i love ike and mcfadden but last night was embreasing thats not pittsburgh steelers football

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