Larry Foote The Lone Bright Spot On Defense In Loss To Broncos

The lone bright spot on defense last night in the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19 loss to the Denver Broncos was veteran inside linebacker Larry Foote, who registered 8 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 1 pass defensed in the week 1 loss.

Foote, who had sat out the Steelers Wednesday practice with a dinged up ankle, was all over the place and showed no ill-effects of the ankle injury.

Foote took over at the BUCK linebacker spot this year for long-time veteran James Farrior, who was cut loose during the offseason, and made is impact felt in the first half of action. While his ability early on in the game to get in the face of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, he was not able to get home as the game wore on as the Broncos offense made use of quick passes in the their hurry-up offense in order to keep pressure off of Manning.

The fumble that Foote forced on the Broncos second offensive possession set the Steelers offense up on the Broncos 47 yard-line, but ultimately resulted in no points scored. While the defense failed to tackle well as a group, Foote was solid, even after the catch in zone coverage.

Hopefully the veteran can keep up that quality of play moving forward and the rest of the defense follows his lead.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Foote did have a good game…our younger players need to step up…Hood isnt playing well, Lewis had a poor game along with Allen…Mundy needs to go…he can play ST but has no use in the defensive game…Carter still seems to be at least a year away

  • callouswhisper

    Lewis didnt have a poor game at all. He gave up 2 catches by my count, one 50/50 DPI and otherwise nothing. Yeh for a CB that isnt a bad game.

  • SteelSpine

    I agree with each of those points.
    Re Foote, the last player any opposing OCoordinator expected would blitz, would be Foote, so caught em by surprise. Foote had a good game, but when your most impactful player on defense is the slow Foote, that is not a good sign.