Keith Butler

Butler Expects Brady To Go After Steelers’ Rookies

The Pittsburgh Steelers will have three defensive rookies playing in Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots and defensive coordinator Keith Butler expects quarterback Tom Brady to attack the two that play in the secondary. “I think that every time we’ve played against them [the Patriots], they’ve tried…


Film Room: Seams An Area For New England To Exploit Steelers

It’s no secret the New England Patriots have the best coaching staff in the league. That doesn’t take away from anything Mike Tomlin has accomplished but he – and every other coach in the league – are in a different league than Bill Belichick. The Patriots famously know how to…


Film Room: Sean Davis Secures Win With Two-Point Breakup

The game was tied. Then it wasn’t. An Eric Fisher hold, something Travis Kelce was very, very salty about, negated the Kansas City Chiefs’ initial two-point conversion, one that would’ve tied the game at 18. It moved the Chiefs back to their 12 with another crack at it. And Keith Butler’s…


Steelers Vs Chiefs X Factor: Coaching Staff

I know, I know. Super cheesy answer. It’s the PBS after-school special of choices, the coaching staff. I might as well evoke Jimmy McGinty’s “they gotta have heart” and call it a day. Heart. Miles and miles of heart. What I’m saying is it’s perfectly ok to cry to The Replacements….



Butler, Defense Took Loss To Dolphins Personally

There are the facts. A loss. A 204 yard performance by Jay Ajayi. A quantifiable number of broken tackles, and oh man, there were many. Then there are the emotions. The frustration and anger of getting destroyed against the run, an area where there’s a proud tradition of being one…


2017 Senior Bowl Donations

Hey everyone. Haven’t really announced it yet but we are going back to this year’s Senior Bowl down in Mobile, Alabama from Monday, January 23rd to Thursday, January 26th. Last year was my first experience. Little nerve-wracking, I hadn’t even been on a plane since I was three years old,…


Joey Porter’s Unfortunate Actions A Distraction Only To Himself

You have no doubt heard by now that Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebackers coach Joey Porter was arrested in the night following the team’s Wildcard Round victory over the Dolphins. Yesterday, the team officially placed him on leave, which may leave his future status with the organization up in the air….


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…



Butler Implies Lake Had Heavy Influence In Davis’ Selection

The success of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ rookies is one of the best storylines coming out of the team this season. To have two of them come in the secondary, in today’s complex passing game and consequently, coverages, speaks highly to the whole coaching staff but particularly, defensive backs coach Carnell…


Keith Butler Says Defense Needs To Count By Threes, Not Sevens

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense did the defense no favors with two turnovers but Keith Butler would like to see his group respond to the challenge. A difficult task, there’s no debate about it, but when you’re a unit with eyes on a Lombardi, that’s the standard. “We were in field…



Steelers Spin: Week Fifteen Rants And Ramblings

‘Twas a week before Christmas and all through Steelers Nation houses, the “fire Mike Tomlin” hecklers are quiet as mouses. This, after Mike Tomlin brought his team from the brink four weeks and a seemingly eternity ago from a dismally disappointing 4-5 start. Now the team is 8-5, following an…


Steelers Home Stretch Defensive Charting Notes

Haven’t written one of these up the past few weeks and it’s been about a month since I’ve compiled the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive notes. So let’s look at it one more time before our end-of-season review. We’re using 825 plays as our guide here. – Most common personnel the Steelers…