Steelers Vs Colts Game Rewind

Your game notes.

First Half

– Kick coverage: Justin Gilbert-Robert Golden (hello old friend)-Sammie Coates-Roosevelt Nix-Vince Williams-Chris Boswell-Tyler Matakevich-Anthony Chickillo-Fitzgerald Toussaint-Artie Burns-Jordan Dangerfield

– When it works, it’s praised. When it doesn’t, you get killed. Lawrence Timmons carrying TY Hilton here and William Gay gets home on the blitz.


– Stunt 4-3! It’s been used a ton over the last month. Some slight variations. But cocked nose tackle.


Javon Hargrave high IQ on screen. Makes the tackle.

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– Punt return: Fitzgerald Toussaint-Anthony Chickillo-Ryan Shazier-Tyler Matakevich-L.J. Fort-Roosevelt Nix-Jordan Dangerfieldon the line. Sammie Coates and Artie Burns/Justin Gilbert the jammers.

– Split zone with the fullback. Nice change up. And Nix with a strong cutblock on the backside EMOL.

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– Great break by Eli Rogers. 30 yard gain on third down.

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– Offensive line changing their splits on the Le’Veon Bell touchdown. Ramon Foster and Maurkice Pouncey tighten up so they can double-team the DT, then Foster climbs to the LB.

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Daniel McCullers on the field goal kick team. That’s fun.

Stephon Tuitt punched the right guard so hard it injured him. Nice.

– Example of power and leverage from Hargrave. Really good game.


– Draw play. Use Marcus Gilbert on a pass set to influence the LDE, sending him upfield and creating a lane.


– Kick return. Front five: Arthur Moats-Tyler Matakevich-Vince Williams-Anthony Chickillo-L.J. Fort. Sean Davis behind. Jesse James/David Johnson/Roosevelt Nix. Fitzgerald Toussaint/Sammie Coates.

Jesse James with a key block on Ben Roethlisberger’s first touchdown.


-Another great play by Hargrave. Quick, violent hands to swim over the center, back forced to pick him up. Ryan Shazier free on a green dog.

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– And Shazier beats the pulling guard here. TFL.

– Punt coverage: On the line is Vince Williams-L.J. Fort-Greg Warren-Tyler Matakevich-Anthony Chickillo. Robert Golden the upback, Roosevelt Nix/Sean Davis the wings. Sammie Coates and Cobi Hamilton the gunners.

Ross Cockrell nice job at the catch point.


Jarvis Jones nice job of cutting under the trap block on the goalline, stuffing the play.


Second Half

– Just a couple notes here. Nice open field tackle by Artie Burns on Donte Moncrief.


– Steelers punt protection team was pretty bad. Too much interior pressure, happened on three occasions.

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– End on a positive note. David DeCastro was mauling guys on his trap blocks. Cracking skulls. Really fun to watch.

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.

  • srdan

    Alex, can you make an article about the three rookies and where they are now. I feel really good about them. But I have no way of seeing the game twice like you do. And specifically where they have shown improvement in each of their games. Seems like there are less rookie mistakes and better tackles.

  • CP72

    Have your noticed on tape better blocking by James. Watching it live it seems like the last two games there has been a marked improvement. He really had nowhere to go but up. Still I think it’s been a better.

  • CP72

    Yeah we all said we needed to hit a couple home runs in the draft on the defensive side of the ball. To early to tell if they are all going to be home runs, but there are some very encouraging signs.

    Hargrave sniffing out that screen was a great play. Showed talent, hustle, and IQ.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I like some of the little things from Chickillo. Do not over commit as you need to ensure the back does not get outside. Smart setting the edge before collapsing down and sometimes making the tackle. Chick might be really studying that guy Harrison.

  • Alex Kozora

    I think he has gotten better. The desire and effort has been there. And now he’s able to stick and finish a bit more. Still want to see him be a bit more physical. He’s a big dude, he’s got the frame to do it.