Week 13 Missed Tackles Breakdown

It was a definite improvement in the tackling department by the Pittsburgh Steelers defense after a pitiful effort against Seattle last week, with only three first half whiffs versus the Indianapolis Colts. The Pittsburgh defense did finish with 12 in the game, and while most came after the game was decided, Im sure the coaches will want to take a long look at the tape. Most were not egregious misses, and some were actually tough tackles that slowed the ball carrier down enough for others to arrive. I’ll highlight two ugly plays, but rest assured the damage from missed tackles was minimal outside of those two plays.

Individual Breakdown

Mike Mitchell: 2
Stephon Tuitt: 2
Ryan Shazier: 2
Cam Thomas: 1
Jarvis Jones: 1
Antwon Blake: 1
Lawrence Timmons: 1
Brandon Boykin: 1
Ross Cockrell: 1

A season-low 32 snaps for Blake helped eliminate much of the Steelers tackling woes until late in the game, while the defensive line laid a surprising egg. Tuitt’s two misses weren’t bad however, as he pressured Matt Hasselbeck into a 4th down YOLO ball to thwart one Indy drive, despite missing the tackle.

The Steelers worst tackling of the evening came late in the third quarter, when Frank Gore slipped away from a trio of defenders for a 34-yard gain.

Out of control efforts by Blake and Mitchell, while Jones just fails to wrap up. Incredible motor by Cam Heyward to his Hasselbeck in the pocket on the pass, then chase this play all the way down from behind in a 28-10 game. Maybe the only defensive lineman in the league that would do that.

The other bad miss came courtesy of Boykin over pursuing a bit, and then Cockrell attempting to make another arm tackle from a tough angle, similar to what he did last week on several occasions.

Five misses were packed into those two plays, allowing a combined 67 of the Colts 186 total yards on the evening. Another example that when Pittsburgh tackles well defensively, they are capable of being a much better unit than the common perception surrounding them would suggest.

Missed Tackle Counter (Season)

Antwon Blake: 29
Lawrence Timmons: 19
Will Allen: 14
William Gay: 12
Ryan Shazier: 12
Jarvis Jones: 11
Ross Cockrell: 9
Mike Mitchell: 9
Bud Dupree: 6
James Harrison: 6
Arthur Moats: 6
Stephon Tuitt: 6
Sean Spence: 4
Robert Golden: 4
Cam Thomas: 4
Cam Heyward: 3
Steve McLendon: 3
Cortez Allen: 2
Vince Williams: 1
Brandon Boykin: 1
Shamarko Thomas: 0
Terence Garvin: 0
Daniel McCullers: 0
Anthony Chickillo: 0
L.T. Walton: 0

  • CodeNameJerk

    Erase that Boykin missed tackle right now he can do no wrong!

  • Rupert

    I can’t wait till we no longer have to track this horrible trend! Smh

  • hojo

    Missed Tackles
    Snap Count

    Antwon Blake
    29
    724
    4.0%

    Jarvis Jones
    11
    316
    3.5%

    Ryan Shazier
    12
    379
    3.2%

    Will Allen
    14
    474
    3.0%

    Cam Thomas
    4
    143
    2.8%

    Lawrence Timmons
    19
    754
    2.5%

    Ross Cockrell
    9
    479
    1.9%

    Sean Spence
    4
    233
    1.7%

    William Gay
    12
    735
    1.6%

    Arthur Moats
    6
    373
    1.6%

    James Harrison
    6
    388
    1.5%

    Bud Dupree
    6
    395
    1.5%

    Mike Mitchell
    9
    717
    1.3%

    Steve McLendon
    3
    282
    1.1%

    Stephon Tuitt
    4
    559
    0.7%

    Vince Williams
    1
    153
    0.7%

    Cam Heyward
    3
    670
    0.4%

    Cortez Allen
    2
    32
    6.3%

    Brandon Boykin
    1
    21
    4.8%

    Shamarko Thomas
    0
    18
    0.0%

    Terence Garvin
    0
    8
    0.0%

    Daniel McCullers
    0
    79
    0.0%

    Anthony Chickillo
    0
    22
    0.0%

    L.T. Walton
    0
    29
    0.0%

  • Phil Brenneman II

    While we are piling on I think Blake missed an ST tackle or 2 as well lol.

    Seriously though, there are some ugly misses in these clips. Jarvis Jones just bouncing off that little guy is ridiculous.

  • pittfan

    The Cam Heyward tackle was really an incredible example of HUSTLE. This is the stuff guys like Lawrence Taylor used to do. There has been a couple of times this year where it seemed like the whole D was Keystone Cop’ing it and #97 would just blow in and finish the nonsense.

  • dennisdoubleday

    Blake definitely did the matador move on the big kick return.

  • hojo

    Hi Steeler’s Depot, I just tried to post a comment that showed the missed tackles against snap counts. But I guess wasn’t approved. How come?

  • PittsburghSports

    Pretty sure you missed a Will Allen missed tackle on that second-to-last gif. I’d probably give Cockrell one too for just standing there watching Heyward get dirty.

  • gdeuce

    it’s part of the game, no team can make every tackle

  • PittsburghSports

    I’d also give Will Allen another miss in that last gif.

  • PittsburghSports

    Yeah I rather enjoy the statistical breakdown, even though it’s negative.

  • T R

    Sorry the filter doesn’t allow links to websites.

  • hojo

    Ah ok, thanks for letting me know

  • AndyR34

    Looking at this w/o considering other factors can be mis-leading. Unlike some previous games, the LB’s were making lots of tackles, so DB’s didn’t have as many opportunities to miss. LB’s had 32 tackles, DB’s only 15. Many games this year those numbers were approx. reversed.

  • SfSteeler

    gotta remember not to look at this article next week when im eating…

  • Louis Goetz

    He missed the tackle on purpose, just so he could set up the interception on the following play. Had he made that tackle, the Colts would’ve come back and called a D686 – F-Stop, Two out of the huddle, and then to be slick, audible back to a Quick Ace Quarter read Zoom Buzz option on 3, which mighta prolly gone for 6. So, Boykin be knowin what he doin. Leave him in the back field and let that man play his foose ball!

  • Louis Goetz

    What’s TRULY ridiculous is the fact that the WORST Jones on the roster (Jacoby) got SAVED by the SECOND WORST Jones on the roster (Jarvis), which leaves Landry Jones as the #! Jones on the squad. Who wooda thunk that up before?!

  • Rusted Out

    Woo Hoo Blake number one with a bullet! Anyone want to make excuses for Blake now? Or for Thomlin for that matter? I need good laugh.

  • Jon Ledyard

    And really, Sunday was pretty positive and this report reflects that. Some weeks have been positive. It’s really just a film breakdown piece, happens weekly if they do well or not, same with the sacks allowed and defensive sack breakdowns.