Breakdown Of Steelers NT Al Woods Versus Lions


By Alex Kozora

Short breakdown of Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Al Woods’ snaps vs the Detroit Lions.


First Drive

Snaps: 3

Run/Rush: 2/1


1. 1st and 10, 1:59 1st. LE in dime. Lined up as the three tech. Double-teamed by the LG/LT. Blown back a little bit but maintains pad level and able to absorb the block well enough.

2. 1st and 10, 1:19. As pointed out by one of the commenters, run block with the RT working to the 2nd level and not interested in blocking Woods. Able to show good hustle and close on the ballcarrier trying to cutback.

3. 2nd and 9, :37. Pass rush vs the LG. Ball out quick on curl to Calvin Johnson.

Second Drive

Snaps: 3

Run/Rush: 0/3


1. 3rd and 11, 5:27 2nd. Three tech, left end, one of two down lineman. Cross stunt with Cam Heyward.



Free rusher but the ball again comes out quick. Matt Stafford has a quick release.

2. 1st and 10, 4:43. Slight outside shade over RG. Again, three tech at LE. Not much doing on this pass rush.

3. 1st and 10, 3:58. Head up with the RG. Doubled by the guard/center. Good leg drive though can’t generate pressure.

Third Drive

Snaps: 3

Run/Rush: 2/1


1. 1st and 10, 4:00 3rd. Inside shade of RG.  Gets sealed by the RT. Good block by the OL but disappointing considering all the ground the tackle had to make to get in position for the block. Shouldn’t have been able to reach Woods.



2. 2nd and 7, 3:22. Bullrush. Gets some penetration until the center doubles and knocks him off balance.

3. 1st and 10, 2:47. Good jump off the ball, getting under the pads of the RG vs the run. Couldn’t get off the block, however.

Fourth Drive

Snaps: 2

Run/Rush: 0/2


1. 1st and 10, 2:03 4th. False start called on Detroit.

2. 1st and 15, 2:03. RE this time. Still one of two lineman. Loops to inside on stunt. No pressure.


Snaps: 11

Run/Rush: 4/7

Obviously hard to determine much considering the sample size. Little disappointed he couldn’t see more reps with Brett Keisel sidelined. But he made the most of the ones he got with fresh legs. Showed a good jump off the ball and shows an understanding of leverage. Better athlete than you’d expect too.

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.

    “One of the commenters”…….? That wasn’t just “one of the commenters”…….. it was me!


    And on my birthday, no less! 58 today.

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    Happy Birthday!


    Thank you, sir!

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    Happy Birthday James!

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    Happy Birthday….keep em coming

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    Same day as me. Happy birthday


    Happy Birthday to you, too, Dom!


    Thank you!


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    Happy birthday, James.

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    The just want you to buy their drugs..dont buy into it…lol


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  • bonairsfavoriteson

    Just don’t see woods with a future , Steelers sure do over value some players as of late.