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Dick LeBeau Says Defense Will Close Windows And Will Be Improved


At 2-6 and coming off of a game in which his defense allowed a franchise record 610 net yards of offense and 55 points to the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has come under heavy fire as to whether or not the game has passed him by. On Thursday, LeBeau, responded to that criticism and the vote of confidence given to him Tuesday by head coach Mike Tomlin during his Tuesday press conference.

“I’d rather the situation not be where that type of question comes up,” LeBeau told the media after practice, in regard to Tomlin being asked if he still believes in his defensive coordinator. “But, you know, we are all in this together. If we play bad, and we all have a bad game, I certainly take my full ownership to that. We aren’t going to duck our head. We aren’t going to tuck our tail. This is a league of competitors. We are going out to compete. That’s what we are going to do.”

The Steelers defense was shredded Sunday by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to the tune of 413 passing yards and four touchdowns. Brady easily found the holes in the Steelers cover-3 defense all afternoon and LeBeau talked about that Thursday.

“We are leaving too many windows, and we are getting hit in some of those windows. We are going to close them up,” he said.

In order to close those windows, LeBeau said the defense has to make sure to get back to the fundamentals and that his players need to be positioned properly.

“In defense you have to be where your supposed to be and see and see what your supposed to see. In that regard, obviously where not doing that consistently enough, because we are giving up big plays,” said LeBeau, whose defense is now ranked 12th overall in yards allowed per game.”

LeBeau would also go on to say that they are going back to page one in order to make sure everyone knows their responsibilities and he calmly stated that we will see an improved defense moving forward.

The window of the Steelers playoff chances at this point is virtually closed so LeBeau now has a half a season to prove not only that his defense still works, but that it can also do so with so many young players seeing playing time in it. If the second half season goes anything like the first half, the window of LeBeau’s career in Pittsburgh might be closed for good.

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  • 2443scott

    with guys like brady who are timing qbs the steelers need to get up on the line with their wrs and slow them off the line to break up that timing ….same goes for there te everyone knows if its a pass he will prob get it so hold him on line make him block dont let him chip and roll out for passes …lebeau def is sound it just seems to many of them are decideing to go off on there own to make plays then stay in the system maybe this is what lebeau ment by closeing those windows.

  • Tom Savastano

    The windows will be closed this week if they face a rookie qb or any other Bills QB.. Not sure how impressive that would be tho..

  • Shannon Stephenson

    IMO this isn’t a scheme issue or a talent issue, I just think you need a Keith Butler type that is going to bring some fire to them since we have a lot of young guys. I do not want Butler as our DC but his type of attitude.

  • steeltown

    He will be our D Coord.. and maybe as early as next year

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    Actually, out side of Brady, what top QB have we faced???

  • treeher

    In other posts I’ve said that they’ve been playing as individuals, not as a team. In what seems to be a contradiction, they have to take care of individual responsibilities first, and the team will benefit. Players are trying to do too much and maybe playing beyond their experience/skill level. This article validates my observations.

  • Eric

    Player agre is the issue. Not counting Warren and McBriar, the 4 oldest players on the team are Palumalu, Taylor, Clark and Kiesel. All 4 are defenders and 3 are in the secondary. No wonder we got torched for all those passing yards.

  • CrazyTerry

    You know what one fix would be – not to face the Pats wth Brady ever again. LeBeau’s D has never truly shutdown that offense. Lebeau’s D had two good efforts against Brady but offset by the other horrible losses. .

  • CrazyTerry

    It wasnt just speed. The secondary was outwitted by Brady. He made Troy look like a fool.Brady + Belichick >>> Troy+LeBeau

  • Eric

    Its not crazy to think that speed can execute better, and younger guys are usually faster than 32/33 year olds that have been getting hit in the knees for 11 years.

  • CrazyTerry

    You saw Troy get fooled in other games against NE too even when he was younger. This was just the nadir.

  • Eric

    True, but it doesn’t bother anyone when we are winning.

  • charles

    Unfortunately you are right. At least in the Brady Troy matchup. Manning does the same as well as Aaron Rodgers. Hey wait a pattern has emerged

  • charles

    How Bout Mike Tomlin as DC? Seriously.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    He runs a Tampa2 not a 3-4 so I am not sure if he could do much with this defense right away.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I believe you are right but I went through his history here and do not like how LB’s under him have developed and think that he may not be right for the job but I like his demeanor

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