Steelers Versus Jets Sack Breakdown

By Alex Kozora

Back with the weekly sack breakdown, taking a look at what went wrong on each of the three New York Jets sacks vs the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday.


1. 1st and 10, :22 1st. 12 personnel (1 RB, 2 TEs). Six blocking vs a five man Jets rush. Heath Miller allows this one. Doesn’t move his feet on his attempted punch of OLB Garrett McIntyre, who pushes upfield with ease.




Marcus Gilbert does allow pressure on the play with Calvin Pace getting into his chest and walking him to the quarterback but Pace doesn’t record the sack.

Blame: Heath Miller

2. 2nd and 10, 13:31 2nd. Shotgun, 11. Six blocking vs a five man rush. T/E (tackle/end) stunt from the LE and left three tech. Yet again, not picked up well by the Steelers. Gilbert and David DeCastro respond to it late, letting the DT work between them and getting upfield.



DeCastro does get square to Pace for the briefest of moments but sensing the DT getting past Gilbert, attempts to help out.


He can’t get back to the DT in time who works under and gets upfield, chasing Ben from behind. Calvin Pace, now completely unblocked, helps clean up the sack.


Simple stunt recognition, as I’ve preached over the course of the season, has been one of the biggest issues along the offensive line. Again, this one was picked up late so blame goes to both DeCastro and Gilbert for lack of communication (not necessarily verbal but the ability for them to both realize the same event and react accordingly).

Also an example of DeCastro trying to do too much instead of his assignment. Should have never looked back to pick up the DT. Role is to pick up the OLB looping inside. Understand him trying to bail Gilbert out but if there’s one guy not doing his job, everything falls apart. Does Ben still get sacked even if DeCastro stays on Pace? Maybe. But playing on the line is about five individual assignments that ideally, becomes a collaboration of everyone working together.

Blame: David DeCastro (half), Marcus Gilbert (half)

3. 3rd and 4, 5:37 4th. 13. Half-hearted playaction on a one-man route, no doubt hoping to get the Jets to sell out on the run given the situation (Steelers up late in the game) and personnel (heavy set with three TEs). Heath Miller and David Palmer double-team the EMOL to sell the run.



Play never even gets a chance to be successful. Ramon Foster lunges against Muhammad Wilkerson. Bad to do working on any defensive player and especially versus one of the better defensive lineman in the AFC.

Ends up grabbing air.



With Foster lunging and not able to derive as much power from his lower half, Wilkerson easily swims over the top and blows past the left guard. Ben has no chance and probably does the smart thing by taking the sack.

Blame: Ramon Foster

Sack Counter (Game)

Heath Miller: 1

Ramon Foster: 1

Marcus Gilbert: .5

David DeCastro: .5

Sack Counter (Season)

Marcus Gilbert: 3.5

Ramon Foster: 3

Mike Adams: 2.5

Ben Roethlisberger: 2

LaRod Stephens-Howling: 1

Defensive Scheme/Coverage: 1

Kelvin Beachum: 1

David DeCastro: 1

Isaac Redman: .5

Todd Haley/Bad Playcall: .5


More this week (5) than the previous four weeks combined (3).

Marcus Gilbert – 2 (1 hold, 1 false start)

Kelvin Beachum – 3 (2 hold, 1 false start)

For the year…

Marcus Gilbert – 3 (1 trip, 1 hold, 1 false start)

Kelvin Beachum – 3 (2 hold, 1 false start)

Ramon Foster – 1 (1 hold)

Mike Adams – 1 (1 hold)

About the Author

Alex Kozora

Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.

  • steeltown

    Couldve easily been 4sacks (and a safety) but all things considered I thought our OL did pretty well against a top ranked Defensive front, NYJ are ranked somewhere around 4th overall and tied for 4th with 20sacks on the season

  • Steeler Wheeler

    sack 32, Gilbert and DeCastro were guilty of poor blocking, but 6 man blitz vs. 6 blockers, BB has to hit wide open WR crossing for easy 15 yard gain…maybe even goes for much more against…stop all the BS pump faking, not enough time to do that vs. a 6 man rush.

    Crazy can be defined as doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result. 6 men rushing vs. this O-Line, expecting them to give you time to pump fake and get a throw down field is stupid crazy! Get rid of the ball quicker.

    That sack is 100% on Ben.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    I was gonna say that. Easy completion to Sanders, and Ben shoulda known where he was. I’m getting sick of hearing the definition of crazy tho.

  • Luke Shabro

    I think Heath is one of the greatest Steelers of all time but honestly when I watched him give up that sack, I said “Jesus, David Paulson can’t block anybody!” and then realized it was Heath. Whoops…

  • Menace_501

    I think at least two of the sacks could of been avoided if Ben throws to the RB. I am not pointing the finger as I do not see the full picture, but the only thing about I wish he would do is throw to a RB more.

  • george

    Thank you,
    good stuff

  • Virdin Barzey

    Its so clear that Ben did not read the blitz on the first two vids and should have gone to the hot read. Not sure why he is doing such a long drop back with a blitz. Funny the receiver read the blitz right both times and it should have been a big gain but Ben held on to the ball again. 100% Ben’s fault on both.

    He played much better this past game but this kind of blunder is what separates him from the top QBs. This is where he needs to get much better. He seems to be really slow in his reads, making decisions and therefore missing guys that are open for big gains.

    I like Ben and not like some of the haters but it seems to me, that he’s not as cerebral as the top guys. Knowing where everyone should be and quickly determining who’s beat and who is not to release the ball quickly.

  • Alex Kozora

    While I understand the comments about blaming Ben, I will say blaming the QB can be difficult at times without a total understanding of the playcall (and of course, that goes the same when trying to judge what OL screwed up an assignment). On the one, it looks like Ben’s #1 is Moye. Just covered well. So it’s easy to sit back after the fact and say he should have sent Sanders on the crosser but maybe he was the #3 on the play. Ben was on the #1 and not at a point to check down yet. Just food for thought. And I do have Ben responsible for two sacks this season. So it is something I consider.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    We notice how poorly our ots play in the passing game, and they do, but sooner rather than later , we must find a top of the line olg too, .