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Film Room: Butler Storms The Dolphins’ Backfield In Win

Keith Butler has had a lot in his bag of tricks during his time in Pittsburgh. His Storm Fire Zone, though, might be his most popular, and effective blitz concept. It produced another splash play against the Miami Dolphins yesterday afternoon. The Dolphins come out in a 2×2 set early in…


Film Room: Steelers’ Rush Lane Integrity Critical To Defensive Success

Admittedly, this isn’t the sexiest topic to write about. But if you like the highlight reel plays, the sacks and big plays, they often stem from doing the little things. To create pressure, it all starts with discipline, rush lane integrity, and balance. Before all the drawings, the schemings, and…


Steelers’ Splash Tied To Wins And Losses

I won’t bury the lede. When the Pittsburgh Steelers can prevent teams from gains of 35+ yards, they win. When they don’t, they lose. That’s why this was one of Dick LeBeau’s core principles and made the Steelers’ defense so tough to beat. Keith Butler has carried the torch to…


Steelers Spin: Week Three Rants And Ramblings

The battle of the Keystone State rages today featuring a matchup between a sparkle-eyed rookie and a grizzled veteran as the Pittsburgh Steelers face the upstart Philadelphia Eagles. Many in the City of Brotherly Love are hoping new sensation Carson Wentz will be the most successful rookie quarterback since Ben…




Film Room: Keith Butler Brings The Thunder

You have to tip your hat to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense. Facing two tough-on-paper offenses to start the season, with an underwhelming pass rush, they’given up a pair of 16 point performances. That meets Keith Butler’s goal of holding teams under 17. Butler has to be credited with calling two…


Steelers’ Free Agent Losses: Where Are They Now?

The Pittsburgh Steelers had a large number of players from their 2015 53-man roster who hit free agency this past offseason, and, as you might recall, many of them ended up signing with other teams. Some of them even joined each other on the same roster. With us now on…


Newly-Shaped Cornerback Group Lacks Physical Presence

You might recall back during the draft that I invoked the name Justin Gilbert in referencing the Pittsburgh Steelers’ selection of cornerback Artie Burns in the first round, noting that the team wanted to draft him the year he came out in 2014, and that Burns fits the same sort…





Keith Butler, Steelers Need To Play A Consistent 11 In 2016

Keith Butler’s first season at the defensive coordinator helm was largely a success. The Steelers’ run defense improved, their red zone play stellar, and as a team, they were able to generate pressure and sacks. Room for improvement just like anyone else but overall, it was solid. There are several…


Shamarko Thomas Benefiting From Running With First-Team Defense

Aside from the time that he missed during training camp after being sidelined with a shoulder injury following a tackle in practice, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Shamarko Thomas spent the entire offseason running with the first-team defense. And so far, that is where he has been yet again, running with the…


Film Room: Pittsburgh’s Problems With “Y Over”

No defensive scheme is perfect. If one existed, every team would run it. So it’s the same in Pittsburgh. Perhaps the biggest problem the Steelers have to defend are multiple vertical concepts. Think the Seattle Seahawks debacle last season, their 4 vertical attack eating up the Pittsburgh. We’re going to…