Keith Butler

Keith Butler Says James Harrison Will Play Vs Chiefs

James Harrison has been inactive the last two weeks. But it sounds like that time on the sidelines is coming to a close. Speaking with reporters today, Keith Butler said Harrison will play this week. Via the PPG’s Ray Fittipaldo. Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler said the Chiefs will see…



Keith Butler Says Mike Hilton Has A Knack For Blitzing

For most cornerbacks, it’s what they do in coverage that catches the coaching staff’s eye. Mike Hilton is not like most corners. Physically, he is the smallest guy on the field. But when he laces up his cleats, he’s one of the most physical. That makes him an effective tackler….




Film Room: Where The Steelers Run Defense Went Wrong

First off, it’s important to point out nearly everything went wrong Sunday for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I thought Javon Hargrave did well…and that’s about it. Heck, maybe with the Coaches Tape, I’ll even find out he struggled. I may go insane if that happens. But there were certainly a couple of plays…


Steelers Vs Bears Winners/Losers

*fires self into the sun* WINNERS Javon Hargrave: Hargrave was basically the only defender to consistently make a positive impact today. Even when doubled or triple-teamed, he still found ways to get pressure and racked up his second sack of the season. He’s a star in my eyes and soon…


Steelers Defense Charting Notes: First Two Weeks

The first edition of our Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive charting. Compiling the first two weeks of data. – These are out of 130 plays. Personnel groupings. The total number of snaps is to the right of the percentage. Nickel: 56.9% (74) Dime: 21.5% (28) 3-4: 20% (26) Goal Line: 1.5% (2)…


Butler, Steelers Preparing To Play Hue Jackson’s Offense

The first game is always a difficult one to gameplan for. Combine that with a rookie quarterback who wasn’t anointed as *the* guy from the get-go and it’s that much tougher. So it’s smart for the Pittsburgh Steelers to gameplan for Hue Jackson rather than DeShone Kizer. That’s a mantra…


Keith Butler On Joe Haden: ‘I Like What I See’

Keith Butler has gotten a lot of new toys in the offseason. Drafting T.J. Watt in the first round and picking up Joe Haden and J.J. Wilcox during the same week. Haden has been the headliner given his resume and price tag. And Butler seems to be happy with what…


Steelers Preseason Charting: Defensive Notes

Our defensive charting now that football is back. The Pittsburgh Steelers have been on the field for 208 snaps through the first three games. – T.J. Watt leads all Steelers’ defenders with 117 snaps. – Breakdown of defensive personnel usage. Nickel: 101 (48.6%) 3-4: 99 (47.6%) Dime: 7 (3.4%) Goal…


Film Room: Butler Adding Wrinkle To Fire X Blitz

The Fire X blitz is a tenet of the zone blitz made popular by Dick LeBeau. Even with him gone, Keith Butler has kept it and a wide array of fire zones. As any good coach should do, he’s taken it a step further and added wrinkles. Those were on…