We have a few breakdowns from the Pittsburgh Steelers win over the Cleveland Browns coming up soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to point out a few things that you may have missed in the game.
With the Steelers up 20-3 in the fourth quarter, the offense was faced with a third and seven from the Browns 43 yard-line. The Browns decide to send Buster Skrine on a corner blitz on the play, but left tackle Kelvin Beachum easily recognizes it and shuts it down. Once Skrine realizes he’s been had, he decides that he wants no part of Beachum. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger easily hits wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders for a first down on the play.
I like to call this sack the “bullrushpalooza” or “Browns linemen on roller-skates.” On the play, Jason Worilds, Cameron Heyward and Jarvis Jones all do a great job of collapsing the pocket on Browns quarterback Jason Campbell. The thing to be most excited about on this play is the rush by Jones against left tackle Joe Thomas, who is one of the best in the game. We haven’t seen very much of this from Jones in the first half of the season, so consider this play to be both hope and progress.
Finally, while I know you noticed this play, I thought you might like to see it again from a few angles. Safety Troy Polamalu shows incredible effort on this play that ends with him striping the football from Browns running back Chris Ogbonnaya. At the snap, Polamalu tries to exploit the A-gap on the right side of the Browns offensive line, but they easily stonewall him and Ziggy Hood. Polamalu quickly gets off the block and positions himself back in the middle of the field. It’s a good thing he does, as not only is linebacker Lawrence Timmons run out of the play, so too is Hood and Heyward. Worilds does a great job of scraping down the line, but even he misses Ogbonnaya. If Polamalu is not back in position to make this play, Ogbonnaya might have very well taken this one for a huge chunk of yardage if safety Ryan Clark misses him.