Steelers Animated Gif: S DaMon Cromartie-Smith Allows Easy Blocked Punt

If Pittsburgh Steelers safety DaMon Cromartie-Smith expects to make the 53 man roster this year, he is going to have to do so by playing great on special teams. Early in the Saturday night loss to the New York Giants, he didn\’t.

On the Steelers first punt of the game, Giants rookie defensive end Damontre Moore blew past Cromartie-Smith inside move on the right side of the Steelers punt formation for an easy punt block.

The animated gif below shows just how simple of move Moore used and how the Steelers safety didn\’t even look to touch him before falling to the ground.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said it best following the loss.

“Just the errors, the Steelers defeating the Steelers, said Tomlin. “Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it can be characterized as part of August football but I’m not buying that. I think that we can set the bar higher than that for the first time out, you would like to think. But we didn’t tonight, so we need to make those corrections. We can’t be penalized, we can’t have punts blocked, we can’t make poor decisions from a fielding of the ball standpoint. All of those things happened and we need to fix it.”

The Steelers have a lot of things to fix on special teams and new coordinator Danny Smith has a lot to get done over the course of the next few weeks.

DaMon Cromartie-Smith Punt Block Giants

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  • Chris92021

    I didn’t like Da’Mon Cromartie Smith’s chances to make the team before tonight and nothing has changed that opinion. If anything, he will probably be cut after the Redskins game.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    He actually played very well outside of that one play…although it was a bad one.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    ST were just plain awful, not sure what else could be said. Coverage wasn’t bad and the gunners did well but just big mistakes that just cannot happen.

  • Chris92021

    Considering DCS has hardly any equity built up with the team, he cannot make any mistake at all, especially one as egregious as a missed blocking assignment. Steelers are gonna have Polamalu, Clark, Shamarko Thomas, and likely Robert Golden at safety and DCS did not do anything to help himself tonight. Special teams was atrocious tonight and DCS made the probably the biggest mistake of them all, which is saying something.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    DCS is the #3 safety on the team. He has been here for several years so i believe he does have some stock built up in the team however it does not mean he cannot be passed up. Golden had a good night as well and we know Shark isnt going anywhere.

  • dgh57

    What kind of a block do you call that by D C Smith? A whiff block I guess! For a guy on the bubble he sure wasn’t doing himself any favors with that play!

  • Richard Edlin

    I think Golden deserves a bit of the credit there too … he didn’t look twice at who was oncoming before heading upfield.

  • wyn50

    why turn your shoulder into a block. he needs to go strait up with 2 hands.

  • Brendon Glad

    “The standard is the standard”…and special teams is a facet of the game that has only been given “lip service” for my entire life as a Steelers fan.
    There’s a reason why this play wasn’t on your “six things that surprised me” list, isn’t there, Dave? Smh.

  • cencalsteeler

    I thought DCS had a solid game, actually impressed me. Now onto the blocked punt. If you watch Batch, he’s measuring his distance to the tackle by putting out his arm. It was always coached that you are heel to heel. Batch’s play is by the book and a perfect example. DCS’s first move is a two footed slide step out, which opens the hole for Moore. Either he wasn’t coached correctly, or he just flat out screwed up his assignment.