Steelers’ Defense Knows It Can Still Improve

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense is certainly in a much better place now than it has been in years. Glance over the numbers and it’s easy to come away impressed. But talk to the players in the locker room and they paint a different picture. One that leaves room for improvement.

“We made a lot of good plays but I felt like we left them off the hook a lot,” cornerback Coty Sensabaugh said via Steelers.com. “We missed some tackles we normally make. I know as far as the secondary, we could sharpen up our coverage. A little bit of communication here and there. Just keep working everyday.”

That was stamped by the defense giving up a 75 yard touchdown on the first play of the second half. It’s the third 60+ yard touchdown they’ve allowed over the last two weeks, something that hasn’t happened since 1968.

As players and Mike Tomlin talked about, at the least, the defense has to stop a really good play from being a great one.

“We’re not going to be a dominant group until we minimize big plays and we tackle better,” Tomlin said in speaking with reporters today. “You’re going to give up big plays from time to time but we missed some tackles on those big plays. To be quite honest with you, we gotta get those plays on the ground. We get those plays on the ground, we have the opportunity to hold those groups to field goals. And that’s often times the difference of not only being dominant and playing dominant football but also winning games.”

“More splash,” Cam Heyward said when asked how the defense is trying to improve. “Obviously, tackling. But the things that make up for tackling is having more than one guy. We can continue to hunt and get more than one guy to the ball and that makes up for tackling.”

Thursday was a tidal wave. Five sacks, four interceptions, the first time a Steelers’ defense has done so since 1984, only two years after sacks became an official stat. If they can have even a fraction of that going forward, this defense is poised to take the next step.

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.

  • Ace

    Crazy how things change so quickly. Beginning of the season most of the narrative was about how dominant the offense will/could be and how the defense was far behind them. Last year interceptions were low and sacks were low. This year their both on pace to exceed and the offense hasn’t rounded into form yet. It’s nice knowing this team can win both ways. 13-10 or 33-30, a wins a wins a win. Feeling good about their chances making it to the AFCCG right now. Just need Jacksonville to lose a game or two…

  • John Noh

    Has anyone seen this photo from the front? There was definitely a photographer who took a picture of it but I’m not sure if he published it.

  • Ace

    Look at Moats twitter, think he’s got it on there, might have a watermark/stamp thing.

  • John Noh

    Boom! Yes, it’s there. Looks great!

  • Alex Kozora

    What an awesome photo

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I can’t. He blocked me for some reason.

  • Ace

    I see it publicly. Don’t have a twitter. Sign out and look.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Will Allen has me blocked for some reason even though he once thanked me for a positive article I wrote about his work with the NFLPA. I wonder who else has me blocked. I sometimes randomly find that I’m blocked by people for unknown reasons. The only person who I know for a fact has me blocked, and why I’m blocked, is Mark Kaboly, because he apparently got upset over the fact that I corrected factual errors he made on Twitter multiple times. The last straw was when he got the timeline wrong for when Maurkice Pouncey could begin practicing while on injured reserve a couple of years ago. Given that he has a wide audience, and is trying to disseminate information, I figured it deserved correction.

  • dany

    I don’t even use twitter but have always found this ridiculous, can’t look at a person’s tweets when they ban you, well just sign out or go incognito and there you go. I get not being able to tweet at them, but not looking at their tweets is ridiculous when tweets are, more often than not, public

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    He should have thanked you; no one is perfect.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    By the way: Love the group celebrations! Fun Bunch 2.0!

  • Labrat0116

    Alex… Not “IT”… it’s “THEY” . ;>) Great article ! As always !