Steelers Used Entire Defense On All Titans Field Goal Attempts

While going through the all-22 tape from the Pittsburgh Steelers game against the Tennessee Titans again this afternoon, I took the time to watch the field-goal attempts, which I normally just skip right past. I must admit that I was kind of shocked to see the entire Steelers defense out on the field for all three of the Titans attempts as well as the lone extra-point attempt.

There is probably a reason why special teams coach Danny Smith is doing this, but I am unable to tell you what it is. In my opinion, the reason better be a good one because the last thing you want is for a starter to be injured on a play that is normally successful.

The Steelers are allowed to dress 46 players every week, and a few of those players are kept on the roster because of their special teams ability. I can perhaps understand the need for big body players such as Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward to be on the field for field-goal attempts, but does Ike Taylor, Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark and Lawrence Timmons really need to be out there?

This will be one minor thing to look for Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals and should it happen again in that game; I hope someone remembers to ask head coach Mike Tomlin to explain the reasoning behind it after the game.




  • Mike Blauser

    Maybe the reason these plays are normally successful is because teams rush the scrubs out there to defend them ??? I see the logic in putting your best athletes out there to improve the odds of a positive play.

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  • bgsteelfan


    These coaches never cease to baffle me.

  • bgsteelfan

    Maybe not. They are normally successful because they are designed by the rules to be hard to stop.

  • Intropy

    Probably concerned with the possibility of a fake.

  • SteveM2

    Any player who makes a pro football team roster isn’t a “scrub”. I remember when Troy Polamalu injured himself on a similar play a few seasons ago, and what his absence did to our defense. Is such a repeat performance worth it?

  • greeny

    Again, another mind boggling coaching decision. Why carry so many linebackers with little OL depth?