Keith Butler

Steelers Vs. Patriots: Five Key Storylines Ahead Of Week 15 Game

The 11-2 Pittsburgh Steelers will play the 10-3 New England Patriots at Heinz Field Sunday afternoon in a well-awaited for Week 15 conference matchup in what will likely decide the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Ahead of that game kicking off, there are several key storylines worth pointing out….


If Keith Butler Spot Drops, The Steelers Lose

Dear Keith Butler, I’m not asking for much. This weekend, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense is in a tough spot against a great offense. There are no easy answers and hey, I’m typing this from mom’s basement where the hardest decisions in my day is Bagel Bites vs Pizza Rolls. But…


Keith Butler Praises Cam Sutton As A Quick Study

Cam Sutton has gone from afterthought to being thrust into the NFL spotlight. After missing the first half of his rookie season, it took only two games for him to be inserted into the defense, rotating in with Coty Sensabaugh with Joe Haden on the mend. Sutton has held his…


Film Room: Keith Butler Busts Out Brand New Defense

You can question how effective Keith Butler has been, Sunday night certainly won’t go in his resume, but he’s definitely been adding new wrinkles to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense. Against the Green Bay Packers, we wrote how Butler brought back the amoeba defense. Against the Baltimore Ravens, he did something…


Steelers’ Defense In A League Of Their Own After Halftime

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had their fair share of comeback victories over the last month. In fact, three of their last four victories have been secured by a last second Chris Boswell field goal. But while much of the attention and focus of the Steelers’ winning streak and comeback victories…


Steelers Appear Set To Let Moats Start At ILB Against Ravens

Due to recent injuries suffered at the inside linebacker positions Monday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers now appear set to let outside linebacker Arthur Moats start alongside Vince Williams Sunday night when the team plays the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field. During his Thursday talk with the media, Steelers defensive coordinator…


Film Room: Keith Butler’s New Fire Zone Leads To INT Vs Titans

Usually when we break down one of Keith Butler’s blitzes, we rely on Dick LeBeau’s old playbooks. Most of what Butler has done in his three years replacing LeBeau, blitz-wise at least, have been LeBeau’s classics. His Storm, his Triple Fire X, his SAM Fire Zone have all been what…


Week 11 By The Numbers: Steelers Vs Titans

A short week ahead for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they travel back home and prepare to welcome the Tennessee Titans for this week’s edition of Thursday Night Football. While many players and football pundits are not fans of a short week, Thursday’s matchup has the potential to be a good…


Keith Butler Expects Coty Sensabaugh To Step Up In Haden’s Absence

Similar to what we wrote yesterday and just as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ mantra has been under Mike Tomlin, it’s all about next man up. No Joe Haden? Insert Coty Sensabaugh and the standard remains the standard. Speaking with reporters yesterday, Keith Butler expects Sensabaugh to play at a high level….


Film Room: Breaking Down Pittsburgh’s Blown Coverages

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense put the clamps on the Indianapolis Colts’ second half offense Sunday. They kept the game close until the offense finally got in gear and came storming back. So on the whole, allowing 17 points, recording three sacks, picking off a pass, it all looks good. Then…



Keith Butler Explains Why He Rushes Three

It’s arguably the biggest source of frustration for Pittsburgh Steelers’ fans. Anytime Keith Butler sends three, check Twitter out and you’ll see a sea of hate. It’s something he did a ton in the last game against the Detroit Lions, constantly rushing just three against Matthew Stafford, to mixed results….


Keith Butler: ‘In The NFL, Every Week Is Hard’

Believe it or not, but not every game against a team with a worse record is a ‘trap’ game. And even a loss in said game doesn’t make it a trap, either. Sometimes things just happen, and it doesn’t always necessarily mean that a team loses because they underestimated their…


Steelers’ Pass Rush On Super Bowl-Winning Pace

As we’ve written several times, and as I’m sure you noticed, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ pass rush is back. And in a big way. They’re tied for second in the league in sacks with 24, mainly because of the insane numbers Jacksonville has posted this year (they’re first with 33). Compare…


Steelers’ Defensive Charting: First Six Weeks

As usual, our charting for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense. This is out of 372 snaps, excluding the ones that didn’t involve a snap. Personnel groupings. 3-4: 147 (39.5%) Nickel: 130 (34.9%) Dime: 90 (24.2%) Goal Line: 4 (1%) 3-5-3: 1 (.3%) Add up the nickel dime and the Steelers have…