Tackling No Longer An Issue For The Steelers Defense

In the loss to the Minnesota Vikings over in London, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense registered 15 missed tackles, according to Pro Football Focus, and it played a big part in the outcome of the game. However, since that game, the Steelers defense is back tackling well again.

In their first win over the New York Jets a few weeks ago, the Steelers defense only missed six tackles and in the win Sunday over the Baltimore Ravens, they missed just three, which just so happened to be a season-low.

According to ESPN.com, Ravens running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce combined to rush for a season-low 11 yards after contact against the Steelers and that in itself is a huge accomplishment.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing when it comes to tackles in the game against the Ravens is the fact that linebacker Lawrence Timmons was credited with a career high 20 tackles, 17 of them solo stops, by the team. Not only that, he wasn’t charged with a miss tackle by PFF.

“I was trying to make all of the plays for our defense,” said Timmons, according to steelers.com. “Coach (Dick) LeBeau trusts me and put me in position to make plays and I try to do that for our team.”

Moving forward, the Steelers defense can’t rely on Timmons making that many tackles in a game, but  at least it appears as though the coaching staff has reemphasized the importance of wrapping up firmly.

  • Jacob

    Tackling well has been one of the reasons why the Steelers have consistently had good defenses. Good to see that rectified.

  • Xclewsive

    The Steelers were breaking in 2 rookies in their base defense and 1 rookie in their sub packages. It’s been forgotten that the Steelers have 5 new players starting in the base defense or subpackage defense. Chemistry is what makes the Steelers defense unique and often one of the best in the league. It’s not hard to see the difference as their rookies/new starters/subs get more comfortable in the scheme and adjusting to NFL style offenses.

  • Eric

    JJ, V. Williams, Shamarko, who are the other 2?

  • Xclewsive

    You have McLendon is a new starter, Cam Heyward new starter, possibly later on in the season Cortez Allen. I mean some of these players have played, but being called upon every done is different. Even though McLendon isn’t playing that many snaps since the Steelers have been using sub package defense a lot this season.

  • steeltown

    Yep, McLendon is considered a starter at NT entering the 2013 season, but sub packages have taken snaps from him and C.Allen was a starter before the Vikings game.. they’re both not rookies but they’re young and they’re ‘new starters’ and you’re right now you have Cam Heyward too

  • steeltown

    So true

  • srdan

    Should have mentioned Shamarko Thomas in this article. He stops people dead in their tracks. The dude is a beast.

  • Eric

    X, I didn’t consider Heyward, McClendon or Allen new since they were on the team last year. I share your enthusiasm about having a bunch of young guys playing well.

  • charles

    Tomlin’s decision not to go to London until just before the game was a disaster and cost us because of all the missed tackles.