Articles by Jon Ledyard

Week 13: Defensive Sack Review

Time for our weekly installment of the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive sack review, and we’ve got five sacks of Colts quarterbacks to look at, including a hat trick by James Harrison to run his season total to five. First however, it was Will Allen getting the big day started for the Steelers…


Steelers Film Room: Bud Dupree Vs Colts

Today we step back inside the film room to take a close look at Bud Dupree’s progress in the Steelers system, something we’ve done regularly this season. The rookie played just 21 snaps on Sunday night, as did Jarvis Jones, well-behind the duo of James Harrison and Arthur Moats, who…


Week 13 Missed Tackles Breakdown

It was a definite improvement in the tackling department by the Pittsburgh Steelers defense after a pitiful effort against Seattle last week, with only three first half whiffs versus the Indianapolis Colts. The Pittsburgh defense did finish with 12 in the game, and while most came after the game was…


Brown, Steelers Slide Past Colts 45-10

For a brief quarter Pittsburgh appeared to be in trouble, then the offense found it’s stride, the defense rose up strong in the red zone, and the Pittsburgh Steelers spanked the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football, 45-10. Jacoby Jones, in what will surely be his curtain call in a…


Steelers Draft Watch List: Volume #7

Continuing our new article series every Saturday morning for the rest of the season, I take a look at three draft-eligible college football prospects the Pittsburgh Steelers could and should examine at length this spring. Obviously a lot will change between then and now, so this analysis is based on…


Steelers Film Room: Indianapolis Colts’ Defensive Scouting Report

This year, Jon Ledyard and I will be collaborating our scouting reports. We’ll play to our strengths – he’ll be focusing on the individuals while I’ll be looking at overall scheme. These reports will be broken down into two articles, one for offense and one for defense. Our reports for…


Week 12 Steelers Defensive Sack Review

Bringing back our defensive sack review series after a bye week hiatus, we’ll fire up the tape today and look at the Pittsburgh Steelers two sacks of Russell Wilson on Sunday. 1. Five man-pressure vs. five man protection, with Ryan Shazier lined up off-screen as the slot defender rolled up against…


Steelers’ Fans Shouldn’t Despair Over Disappointing Loss

It was Week 13 of the 2014 NFL season, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were losing a critical game to the New Orleans Saints despite playing at home and rolling up 538 yards on offense with relative ease. Drew Brees could not be stopped, throwing five touchdowns and playing turnover-free football,…


Tomlin’s Poor Decisions Play Large Role In Loss

Let me preface this article by saying that I am not calling for Mike Tomlin’s job. I don’t want his head on a platter, and I don’t think he’s the worst coach in football. He has issues, like every head coach, issues that need to improve and change if Pittsburgh…


Week 12 Steelers Missed Tackles Breakdown

Just when we thought the Pittsburgh Steelers missed tackle issues were subsiding after three straight weeks of 10 whiffs or less, the defense laid another egg on Sunday, led by Antwon Blake and Ross Cockrell’s poor play. Your individual breakdown: Antwon Blake: 6 Ross Cockrell: 3 Mike Mitchell: 2 James…


Seahawks Offense Soars Over Steelers In 39-30 Win

Earlier this past week, we talked about five things Pittsburgh needed to improve upon if they hoped to compete for a playoff spot down the stretch this season. The team’s failure to perform acceptably in three of those areas – third downs, red zone touchdown opportunities, and continuing to play…


Steelers Draft Watch List Series: Volume #6

Continuing our new article series every Saturday morning for the rest of the season, I take a look at three draft-eligible college football prospects the Pittsburgh Steelers could and should examine at length this spring. Obviously a lot will change between then and now, so this analysis is based on…


Steelers Film Room: Seattle Seahawks’ Defensive Scouting Report

This year, Jon Ledyard and I will be collaborating our scouting reports. We’ll play to our strengths – he’ll be focusing on the individuals while I’ll be looking at overall scheme. These reports will be broken down into two articles, one for offense and one for defense. Our reports for…


Steelers Fans Have Plenty To Be Thankful For In 2015

The idea that Pittsburgh Steelers fans have plenty to be grateful for this Thanksgiving may seem erroneous to many of you given the injuries to Le’Veon Bell, Maurkice Pouncey, Kelvin Beachum, and even Ben Roethlisberger for a few games, but I’m here to suggest the opposite. Sure, there have certainly been several…


Red Zone Defense, Martavis Bryant Keys To Steelers’ Playoff Push

Yesterday we looked at five areas of the game where Pittsburgh is currently struggling to perform at a high level, and how those areas need to improve or change moving forward this season. Today we’ll look at five aspects of the game Pittsburgh has excelled at during the first ten…