Steelers Vs Bears Sack Breakdown

As we will do every week, breaking down the sacks the Pittsburgh Steelers allowed against the Chicago Bears. Three of them to examine this time around.

1. 3rd and 8, 6:23 1st. 11 personnel (empty). Five block vs five rush.

Ben Roethlisberger has pretty much already stole my thunder on what happened here. Spoiler alert: it’s his fault. Steelers in empty set and the offensive line slides left. Bears bring a NCB blitz away from the slide, meaning there’s no one to pick him up. Roethlisberger has to recognize that even though it’s five blocking vs five rushing, they’re outnumbered to that side. Alert for the ball to come out hit.

Instead, Roethlisberger holds onto the football and stares Antonio Brown down the left sideline. He’s bracketed, there’s nothing open, but Ben never moves off his read. You have Eli Rogers open backside, Jesse James sinking to the middle, that linebacker can be moved. Doesn’t happen, Roethlisberger is sacked, fumbled, and the Bears get the ball back.

Really bad play by Ben.

Blame: Ben Roethlisberger

2. 3rd and 3, 11:03 4th. 11 personnel. Five Block (plus RB chip) vs four man rush.

This comes back to the offensive line. Bad rep by RT Chris Hubbard. Pernell McPhee easily rips under Hubbard to win the edge. Hubbard struggles to mirror and get enough depth to prevent the rusher from reaching the “junction point,” the spot where the rusher must turn to meet the QB’s drop. Never a good sign to see your offensive linemen’s numbers square to the defense.

And that’s a big coaching point for Mike Munchak. Staying square to the block, being in a position where the QB can always read your number. Clearly, that’s not happening here. Down Ben goes. Lucky he didn’t suffer a serious ankle injury.

Blame: Chris Hubbard

3. 1st and 10, :22 4th. 11 personnel. Five block vs three man rush.

Ugly one to close things out. Three man rush and there’s pressure. Should never happen in a non-scramble drill. But it all comes back to a one-on-one matchup. Alejandro Villanueva on the RDE, Willie Young. Villanueva is at his best when he can use his hands, his punch, his power and size to win. He’s a house to try to get around and one reason why T.J. Watt struggled so much.

But when Villanueva seems to play more passive and doesn’t use his hands well enough, he gets himself into trouble. That looks like the issue here. Doesn’t get a good punch, hands outside, never gets into Young’s pads.

He’s able to keep himself clean, shed Villanueva, and dip under for the sack.

Blame: Alejandro Villanueva

Sack Counter (Game)

Ben Roethlisberger: 1
Chris Hubbard: 1
Alejandro Villanueva: 1

Sack Counter (Season)

Alejandro Villanueva: 3
Todd Haley: 1
Chris Hubbard: 1
Ben Roethlisberger: 1

Penalty Counter (Game)

Chris Hubbard: 1

Penalty Counter (Season)

Chris Hubbard: 1
Maurkice Pouncey: 1
Alejandro Villanueva: 1

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Alex Kozora
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  • Steve Costa

    Pouncey got walked back into Ben’s lap and Finney stood with his hands on his hips.

  • Smitty 6788

    The sack AV gave up was especially huge. It guaranteed OT can’t give one up on a 3 man rush. He’s been really bad so far. He has to play better in both phases he’s the biggest part of the problem on the OL imo

  • Ichabod

    I hope AV gets it together by wild card weekend

  • David Shoff

    With all of these no back sets, I think we are going to see more blitzes from the outside. All they have to do is blitz two guys at one spot, right at the offensive tackle. The offensive line guys are trained to block their area so there will be no one to pick up the second guy.

  • nutty32

    Hubbard played pretty solid the entire game. Him and Finney covering 2nd string has to be about the best OL depth in the league.

  • nutty32

    It’s prob not a good idea to say anything bad about AV for at least a month, but he’s been bad all year both pass & run blocking.