Steelers Vs Browns Sack Breakdown

As we’ve done in the past, we’re back to break down each of the sacks allowed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017. We’ll assign blame while also keeping track of penalties, too. In Week One against the Cleveland Browns, the Steelers gave up just one. Let’s take a look.

1. 14:56 3rd, 2nd and 10. 11 personnel (empty set). Five block vs four man rush.

The Browns’ RDE Carl Nassib swims over Alejandro Villanueva off the edge. Villanueva tries to recover by leaving his kickslide and opening up his hips in order to seal Nassib up the arc.

But Nassib does well to counter inside and Villanueva doesn’t have the base or lateral agility to recover. Turns into something that reminded me of Jonathan Scott’s butt block.

As for the passing concept, the Steelers are in an empty set and with the Browns playing with a two high look, there is a low probability of a blitz. Ben Roethlisberger wants to hit Eli Rogers on a short dig route but has to wait for him to clear the linebacker and Le’Veon Bell, running a shallow cross.

As it opens up, Roethlisberger begins to drift to his left. He winds up running into Nassib, who takes him down before Ben can get the throw off.

While Ben did drift into the sack a bit, it’s reasonable for him to expect the interior of the pocket to be intact. Villanueva just got beat that bad. Getting beat to the edge is one thing; you can seal, recover, and the QB can still step up. Get beat on an inside track and there’s not much the QB can do. So I put this one on Villanueva entirely. Ugly rep.

Sack Counter (Game)

Alejandro Villanueva: 1

Sack Counter (Season)

Alejandro Villanueva: 1

Penalty Counter (Game)

Maurkice Pouncey: 1

Penalty Counter (Season)

Maurkice Pouncey: 1


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  • WreckIess

    Saw this a lot during the game, but Ben will get caught up with trying to make a bigger play that he’ll let the smaller wins go by the wayside. Hit Bell on that dig and he’s probably getting 3 to 4 yards. Not much and Bell did get open somewhat late, but a lot better than losing 7 because of a sack.

  • srdan

    THere was one time i think it was a second down where martavis was sitting in front of him wide open and ben threw it deep. But I’ll live with this, as I have for the last 15 years with Ben. Ya know?

  • RickM

    I thought it was on Ben watching the game, but now that I see his view and the Browns’ defenders I understand his decision. Yes, that’s not a great view of AV with his back to Nassib. I guess he lost a little focus on the play.

  • falconsaftey43

    On the jump ball to AB at the end of the game, he had Rogers and someone else (RB or TE I don’t remember) sitting WIDE open right in front of him near the sticks (it was only 2nd down). He def gets caught up in looking for AB a lot (but hard to blame him because AB is awesome), or just trying to go down field.

    Was another AB catch (curl to the left I think) where Rogers whooped his guy and was wide open down the seam right off the snap. Hopefully Ben Haley see some of that stuff and adjust.

  • Hubert Parker

    You should do this for the defense also

  • David Shoff

    Alex, I didn’t know where to ask this, so I’ll ask it here. Why did Hargrave only get 25 snaps when alu and heyward got 54 and 52? I think grave needs to get more snaps, especially with tuitt out. I think he deserves the snaps.

  • nutty32

    Giving up a sack on a 3 man rush – not a good look for our millionaire OLine.

  • Cullen James Riley

    I am definitely not the most qualified to answer this, but I don’t believe has anything to do with talent. On clear passing downs, we pull our Nose Tackle. 2 DE, 3 LB, 6 DB or 2 DE, 4 LB, and 5 DB depening on which package they are going with. I could be wrong though.

  • WreckIess

    Sure I like aggressive Ben too, but man. The Browns’ defense was stacking the box and playing their safeties 20 yards off the ball. When they give you those looks you have to adjust to a short passing game and it has to be something other than just bubble screens. He and Haley weren’t doing a very good job of that.

  • Dshoff

    Thought somebody might be interested in this info on our defense. When the Browns passed the ball, the Steelers rushed only 3 guys 7 times, 4 guys 21 times, 5 guys 15 times, and 6 guys 1 time. I was happy they rushed 5 guys 15 times, because they didn’t seem to want to do that as much last year.

  • Alex Kozora

    He’s still going to miss out on time because of sub-packages. I also think the Steelers have a weird thing for LT Walton as a pass rusher which took away more playtime.

  • Dhasp7

    i disagree with the eli theory, though there’s no debate about bell. if AV even held up for a second against the DE, Eli had his man burnt and the LB even slipped to the ground, so if the pass block holds up and Ben puts it on the money along with Eli’s speed that one could have went for 10-25 yards with how deep the safety’s were playing

  • RickM

    You can’t evaluate a route AFTER a QB has diverted his attention elsewhere. When Ben is looking at Eli he hasn’t cleared and a LB is waiting for him. That’s the QB’s view. So he looks for a different receiver.

    No QB, not even Brady, could know that the Browns’ LB would slip after he had moved to his next read. It’s not a theory. Rogers was not open and the slip didn’t occur until after Ben had looked off Rogers. It’s on AV.