Watch: The Ups And Downs Of Artie Burns

Back at it talking to the tape like we do every week. This time, we’re putting the focus on Artie Burns. He’s a polarizing player on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense. An equal share of good and bad plays. What happened Thursday night against the Tennessee Titans sums up his career well. Some good, some bad. We take a look at both throughout the video.

As always, let me know your comments and thoughts below. Enjoy.

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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.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Happy Thanksgiving, Young Alex and all my Steelers Depot Peeps! Love y’all and be blessed!
    Saw this on YouTube last night! Good stuff!!! I wonder is it an issue with Art Burns focussing. He’s still making plays, but he seems like he has brain farts. Needs to be more fluid as well!

  • 太阳三联

    Need his replacement. Hopefully it’s Sutton

  • capehouse

    Definitely thankful for Artie, and beside Shazier and maybe Tuitt he’s the most athletically gifted player on the defense. Just a ton of upside and his mistakes all seem correctable. I agree also, I do think he’s more physical than he’s given credit for and there’s a play in this game where he comes in and throws his body into the ball carrier for an assisted tackle when most would think he’d stand there and watch instead. One of my favorite players on this defense but definitely frustrating sometimes with his mistakes.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Like Alex says, I think when he plays with his instincts he makes some brilliant plays and I think if he focus better he could be a shut down corner! He’s also has had good plays when it looks like he’s beat, but those long arms breaks up the pass!

  • Xclewsive

    It’s a semi sophomore slump.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    I’m hopeful that Sensabaugh having some time to play may provide an alternative for the playoffs this season. I’d feel a whole lot better with Haden and a more consistent corner right now, even if they’re unspectacular, but at least don’t leave receivers wide open and can tackle.

    The more time goes by, the more it appears the Bengals grabbing WJIII was a significant move.

  • Dshoff

    Artie has made his mistakes for sure with completely blown coverages but he’ll improve. In two years he should be as solid as they come. I just hope he comes around enough this year that he doesn’t give up those big plays. Its hard to get on him really hard for biting on those out and ups. Rod Woodson got beat by those moves MANY times.

  • capehouse

    You did see Sensabaugh give up a 75 yard TD by leaving the WR wide open and then miss the tackle, right?

  • Steel Realist PAul

    I did, pretty bad play. But he’s only played one game. I’d like to see how he looks after 3-4 games.

    Artie is super inconsistent right now. I’m not saying to cut him, but he IS making a lot of mistakes and once the playoffs come around, well.. those matter more then.

  • capehouse

    I like Sensabaugh. He’s a nice player, but he’s played 6 years in the league. 82 games. We know who he is. Teams know who he is. He’s no where near as gifted as Artie is for the position. He might be more consistent and have those veteran smarts, but teams will start going after him just like the Titans did.

  • Ace

    That first play it really looks like he peeked into the backfield to locate MM and the ball. Almost looks like MM might have disappeared behind the LT and maybe Burns lost sight of him for a moment then scanned to see if he could locate him scrambling and may have thought he went down. Unbeknownst to him, the ball was out and headed his way.

  • Pack

    I think that first “positive” really show a glaring negative his foot work was hurendous. Same thing with the Walker drop Artie added a step when Walker broke inside. Also looked like he was sitting really high in his back petal which took away from the power in that first step to break in suddenly and why he needed that added step to get his speed up to par. And never really reaches his top end by the end of the play. He really needs to work on his awareness and technical stuff if he can iron that out he can be a solid corner right now he’s wayyyyy too iffy. William Jackson still looks like the better player at this point with less games under his belt.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Eh.. I hear you, but players fit with teams differently sometimes and sometimes a change can show a more successful guy. Don’t know until they get some time.

    While Burns may be the better corner in time, he’s not playing well in more than one phase. Frankly, he’s a liability right now in the run game as well as the pass. I hadn’t even heard of Sensabaugh before he signed with the Steelers, but a consistent veteran may be the better fit until Artie can round out.

    From what I read, it sounds like the Titans went after a formation the Steelers used that was as much a weakness in coverage, with nobody over the top as anything. Not making excuses for Sensabaugh on that play. But by comparison, Artie has let several of those plays happen this year and he can’t seem to hold the second edge when the run comes his way.

  • Ace

    Second one, I think he plays that perfectly, sinking to the sideline shrinking that window and forcing MM to pick one of the two. Then he flips his hips and its over for him. Almost looks like he thinks hes baited MM into the hole shot and might think he’s got a chance to pick the ball off, why he broke so hard. He might have been reading MM eyes to the other receiver. Silly to see him play that so well and then screw it up so hard.

  • pittfan

    First of all, I echo the Happy Thanksgiving sentiments to all!!!
    Second, situational awareness seems to be the major shortfall here. On the second play he should have recognized the TE was going to going into double coverage (safety over top with Hilton trailing) and there was no reason whatsoever for him to pay the corner route any attention, freeing him up to play tight on the flat reciever. On the Walker drop, afterwards he’s looking at Golden, the single high holding his hands out like, WTF? Golden has a reciever running a post into the end zone. With a single high and 2 wrs running deep routes, you cannot assume youre going to have help. Athletic ability is great but not good enough. Hopefully he’s spending time in the film room and learning these things.

  • Ace

    Third one, that’s a tough task for AB. He’s on an island with a top 5 TE who has so many different ways he could beat AB here. Is there a reason VW doesn’t drop further back to help squeeze that window a little? Not putting it on him, but he really doesn’t help much. Formation shows run, I get that, but seems he could drop a little more. Watching the difference in drops between him and Shaz is big.

  • WreckIess

    In his defense, that play was on Golden more than anything. He was supposed to be the single high safety, but he completely committed to Burns side which created a cover 0 situation for Sensabaugh.

  • Ace

    Great video Alex, I enjoyed this one. What makes you decide on the subject of your videos each week? And what are your thoughts on that play you left in there at the 13 minute mark? With the lineman releasing downfield and BB looking immediately at MB seems like that should have been some kind of screen pass or something? Did JJ or MB screw that up somehow? I think it’s a designed screen to JJ but man that play looks awful.

  • falconsaftey43

    Geeze the guy is only in his second year. A lot of guys need time to develop.

  • falconsaftey43

    Except he wasn’t. It was cover 6. Cover two to Burns and Golden’s side. Cover 4 to Coty and Davis side. The reception is 100% on Coty ( it is a tough play, but there was not supposed to be safety help) Golden and Coty are then at fault for not tackling him.

  • falconsaftey43

    Williams drop looks ok, gets pretty deep, has to protect more against a dig than post, that’s the harder for Burns to cover. Burns problem is he is high in his back pedal and he let’s Walker get right on his toes before flipping his hips. Have to either stay deeper or flip his hips earlier so he can break with the TE.

  • Alex Kozora

    Thanks man! Same to you and everyone else.

  • Alex Kozora

    Nah

  • Alex Kozora

    I wouldn’t call it that. He’s better this year than last.

  • Alex Kozora

    Thanks Ace. Just whatever I see when going through the All-22 that would translate better to video than an article.

    Yeah, the screen game has been really weird this year. Twice on that drive they tried a TE middle screen and both times, it was locked up. Awful indeed.

  • Alex Kozora

    As the saying goes. If they’re even, they’re leaving.

  • Applebite

    You know what bothers me the most about Burns, has nothing to actually to do with him, but the fans themselves. This idea that Burns needs to be perfect and nothing less. That he’s not allowed to make mistakes, and when he does, the idea that he deserves to be chastised for the rest of the season. I find this type of thinking to be rather repulsive. How else do you expect a young player to learn, if he doesn’t make mistakes along the way? Every corner is not going to be perfect. Even when he has a few more seasons under his belt, he’s going to make mistakes along the way. And there will be WRs that he simply can’t handle alone.

    I expect Burns to pick himself up and learn from his mistakes, enough to at least minimize them to an extent. He needs to stay positive and keep playing as hard as he can out there. And no, he most likely will never be capable of shutting down a WR like AB or Jones. But I do expect him to be present and ready to make a play on the ball whenever possible. That’s all I actually hope from Burns. Stay solid as a player and don’t be a hindrance to the rest of the defense.

  • Steve

    Everyone makes mistakes, this is an imperfect world The game of football is won by who makes the least number of mistakes. Burns needs to be more consistent and get his head in the game.

  • capehouse

    Yeah Dave wrote an article specifically addressing the coverage that play plus Coty admitted it was his fault.

  • John Pennington

    Burns is the weakest link in the secondary.He plays like he doesn’t care and not smart above the neck.He will blow the big game for this team.Next season his job should not be a given and if the steelers can draft a better corner then do so or maybe Sutton can take that spot but something needs to change at that spot.He is playing the same way he did in college and its not working.

  • Cormel Bovan Sr.

    Artie will be fine the difference between Burns and corners like Hilton, Haden, Jackson III is their more instinctual. They have natural feel for the game , where as Artie is more athletic and raw which we knew when he was drafted. It will take time but playing with guys like Haden and Hilton will make him one of the best in the game because he’s still surviving on pure athletic talent right now. So that extra step that people talk about is that extra second that he has to process what’s going compared to the others who have a natural feel for the game. Once he begins to recognize what’s happening which comes with time he’ll become a monster. Haden is the best thing to happen to Burns because he has the same athletic ability and can teach Burns how to combine the two. Before Haden who did Burns have to learn from🤷🏾‍♂️.

  • Xclewsive

    The growth from a play stand point. Simplistic things which seem coachable, but having your eyes in the backfield to long, not driving on passes, not understanding down and distance, and just how teams are attacking you. It’s not all bad but he’s the weak link and Brady and others can expose him.