Game Rewind: Steelers Vs Titans Notes

Game notes from last Thursday’s win over the Tennessee Titans.

First Half

– Kick return unit. Moats-Watt-Matakevich-Chickillo-Fort. Golden behind. Conner/Walton/Nix the wedge. JuJu/Watson the return men.

– Three options for Ben Roethlisberger on this play. Swing/seam, inside zone, hot to Antonio Brown on a curl.

– Kick coverage from left to right. Sensabaugh-Golden-Nix-Fort-Watson-Matakevich-Boswell-Chickillo-Vince Williams-DHB-Hilton. That’s a 6×4 formation but they went to a 5×5 look after the first one.

– Great push by the interior on the Titans’ first FG block. End up getting it on the second one.

– Hats to the ball. Best run defense. Especially when the tackling isn’t great.

Maurkice Pouncey/David DeCastro not on the same level on this stunt. Crasher slips through and gets pressure.

Second Half

– What a tough catch by JuJu Smith-Schuster on third down.

– Golden opening his hips the wrong way on Delanie Walker’s long 42 yard catch.

– Great contain by Cam Heyward. Winds up with a 15 yard sack.

– Smash concept 3rd and 10. Cornerback rolls up on Le’Veon Bell, getting Martavis Bryant free for the catch and conversion.

– Low hat on Jesse James’ touchdown. That’s how you sell playaction.

– Nice cutblock from Marcus Gilbert. Too bad he isn’t here the next month…

– Press and cover every gap. Line has no idea who is coming/dropping. Slide the wrong way, Vince Williams free for the sack.

– Cover 3 but matching the seams. That’s the way to do it.

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Alex Kozora

Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.

  • capehouse

    The pic of VW free for the sack is a double of the Gilbert cut block. I thought that was the play Murray looked the wrong way and VW just ran by him for the sack?

  • Alex Kozora

    Ah, sorry. I will fix it.

  • Steve

    Bryant was wide open in the play above, but a few times he was hit by Ben and dropped the ball. Don’t know if he was worried about the tackler or ready to run after the catch, but Bryant’s mind was not in the game up till he recovered the fumble.