Plaxico Burress Admits To Running Soft Out Route On Interception

In a game that featured the Pittsburgh Steelers turning the ball over 8 times it is hard to pinpoint which of them hurt the team the most in their 20-14 loss to Cleveland Browns on Sunday. All of that aside, it certainly doesn\’t help matters when you hear that one Steelers player admitted after the game that he ran a soft out pattern that helped contribute to one of the three interceptions thrown in the game by quarterback Charlie Batch. Who was that player? It was the newly signed wide receiver Plaxico Burress.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports via Twitter that Burress admitted after the game that he ran soft out route that allowed Browns cornerback Sheldon Brown to cut under him and intercept a pass that ultimately led to the Browns game-winning touchdown

The play in question took place with 7:10 left in the third quarter and it was a third down and 6 from the Steelers own 19 yard-line with the Steelers clinging to a 14-13 lead. The Steelers were in their 11 personnel grouping with Burress split out by himself just outside the numbers on the weak-side of the formation. Burress runs a simple 10 yard out pattern but he he rounds it off and drifts at the top of it. Brown has a good enough drive on the sloppy break that it enables him to easily make the interception.

At the snap, Batch looks off the safety, but he has to wait until Burress makes his break until delivering the football. That pause gave Brown even more time to undercut the route and pick off the pass cleanly almost right at the 10 yard mark.

Had Burress not been so lazy with this route, Batch likely would have delivered the ball a hair quicker and at worst Brown just defenses the pass instead of intercepting it.

Instead, the Browns had the ball at the Steelers 31 yard-line and they took the lead for good just 3 plays later.

You can see animated gifs of the play below.

Steelers Browns Plaxico Burress interception

Steelers Browns Plaxico Burress interception 2

  • SteelersDepot

    Frank, The play doesn’t matter? Really? The Steelers had a one point lead at the time and the interception resulted in the game-winning touchdown. Yet it doesn’t matter?

  • JT

    Way to be aggressive and take advantage of this amazing opportunity the Steelers gave you Plax. Thanks.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Before the game I heard a sports reporter say Plax no longer had nuff speed. During this game seemed he was right, althogh this one play was just what Plax said.

    Going to sign Kordell while we’re at it? Kidding.

  • Mike Carroll

    Dave: agreed, a poor route by Burress. But I applaud Plax for calling himself out. I certainly wouldn’t disparage him for admitting his mistake.

    And I was pleased to see Plax laying out and almost making a great catch earlier in the game. I wouldn’t be surprised if Plax contributes significantly once Ben is back.

  • Mike Carroll

    Also, it was nice to see Plax draw a big pass interference early in the game.

    Three things Mike Wallace doesn’t do:
    1) Admit his mistakes, which are too numerous to list.
    2) Lay out for pass.

    3) Make an effort on deep ball to draw pass interference.

  • SG

    Steelers ran off Ward and Farrior for being too old and slow, and here’s Batch throwing to Plax. Oh the irony.

  • Chris S

    You could say the same about the earlier turnovers that led to points. Just because thats the one that put them over the top doesnt mean squat. There were a number of plays/things that caused the final result…one play doesn’t make a game…regardless if its the play that point the last points on the board/etc.

  • Clint Martin

    Plax just got fired! This route is the reason for the INT. period if run correctly the defender would of had to run through him dont get me wrong Batch still sucks he is consistent ever since the Lions

  • Clint Martin

    And in closing Wallace will never see money from the Steelers he has proved this year all his game is is speed he can’t play the ball to save his life! He should have accepted earlier contract that he was offered. A great receiver scores the TD against the Ravens lets face it he doesn’t have it!!

  • He threw the ball before he made his cut. It would’ve matter he probably would’ve threw it on the next play. Batch could’ve even hit a wide open receiver when he had chances. He threw like his ribs were fractured. Time for some changes

  • SteelSpine

    Plax is gonna get cut as soon as ABrown & Cotchery return, might even be cut if only one of those 2 WRs return. Plax had a ball clank off his hands, & when that happens, recievers off the street get cut.