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Steelers Film Room: Scar Fire Zone Blitz

We are back in the film room today. And as we’ve done so many times before, we’re back breaking down yet another of Keith Butler Fire Zone blitzes. Like each previous installment, we will lean on Dick LeBeau’s 2002 Cincinnati Bengals’ playbook to examine their Scare Fire Zone. It created…


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Joey Porter Happy With Pass-Rush Rotation

Much has been talked about the variety of changes coming to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense as they transitioned this year away from Dick LeBeau and to new defensive coordinator Keith Butler, who was of course the team’s linebackers coach for over a decade. One of the most interesting tweaks, which…



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Pass Defense About More Than Just Yards Allowed

Though the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, like the majority of the NFL, has continued to give up significant yardage through the air—the fact that 374 of their total 2784 yards allowed through the air came Sunday from Johnny Manziel doesn’t help—the sheer yardage total is less important than taking a big…


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Steelers Deep Pass Defense Must Improve Starting This Sunday

Much like his predecessor Dick LeBeau, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler believes that in order for his unit to be successful, they must stop the run, tackle the catch and don’t get beat deep. While the 2015 version of the Steelers defense has done well against the run for…


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Steelers Defensive Charting: First Half Of Season

Like we do every four weeks, we visit our Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive charting and highlight any new or cool data the chart provides us. – Excluding kneeldowns and pre-snap penalties, the Steelers’ defense has been on the field for 546 snaps. That’s an average of 68.3 per game. They’re on…


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Steelers Film Room: Open Bear Cover 1

We’re back into the film room today breaking down another one of Keith Butler’s coverage’s through Dick LeBeau’s playbook. It’s their Open Bear Coverage. A five man rush, similar to a fire zone, but with a Cover 1 (man-free) look in coverage. The idea is to stress the open side…


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Carnell Lake Not Behind Talent Deficiency In The Secondary

Much has been made of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ secondary recently, a statement that could accurately have been made at virtually any point over the past few years. Recently, however, there seems to have been an increase in the finger pointing over whatever issues might be ailing the unit, with many…


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Steelers Film Room: Week 7 Defensive Sack Review

Entering the game against Kansas City on Sunday, the Steelers pass rush was expected to be a handful for a struggling Chiefs offensive line, even without Stephon Tuitt in the lineup. But instead the Pittsburgh front seven struggled to generate pressure early, finally resorting to some creativity to get to…


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Steelers Film Room: Fire X Blitz

One of the main storylines from yesterday’s 23-13 loss is the lack of pressure on Alex Smith. The Steelers brought him down just twice, generating pressure only a handful of other times. But for this film room, we will break down one of the times the Steelers’ defense was able…


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Improvement Of Run Defense This Time No Illusion

While the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has been giving up yards by the bunches through the air, ranking solidly in the bottom third among teams in terms of total yards allowed per game as well as yards per pass attempt, there has been a different story unfolding when it comes to…


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Steelers Film Room: Sam Fire Zone

Keith Butler has certainly put his stamp on this Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense. But the plays themselves aren’t all that different than what the team had under Dick LeBeau. We’re heading back to the film room to break down their Sam Fire Zone. Here’s the look from LeBeau’s old playbook. Like…


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Keith Butler Prefers The K.I.S.S. Approach

Keep it simple, stupid. One of the biggest criticisms to come under Dick LeBeau, especially in his later years, was an overly complex playbook that didn’t allow younger players to assimilate and play fast. It’s been a point of emphasis for Keith Butler to tweak the defense, allowing defenders to…


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Steelers Film Room: Bluff Stack Tear 2 Coverage

If you follow the site, you know I love breaking down using Dick LeBeau’s playbook and applying it to this current Keith Butler defense. We’ll do that again today with Butler/LeBeau’s Bluff Stack Tear Coverage. The basic principle behind the coverage is a blitz-heavy pre-snap look before bluffing and bailing…


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Steelers Defense Embracing Sub-Packages Under Keith Butler

Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was certainly not averse to new ideas on the defensive side of the ball. After all, there are many staple features of today’s defenses that are rooted in some of LeBeau’s own innovations and refinements in years past. One principle that he remained…