Keith Butler

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…







Film Room: Keith Butler Refuses To Keep It Vanilla In Opener

I know, I know. The talks of the offseason has been about those two magic words: man coverage. I promise we’ll get to that later in the week. But two things stuck out in last night’s Pittsburgh Steelers’ win. Keith Butler wasn’t keeping it vanilla and the fire zones which…


Keith Butler Talks Man Coverage And Beating The Patriots

One of the biggest topics for the Pittsburgh Steelers this season, at least in terms of fan interest, has been the indications that have dripped our here and there that the intention on the defensive side of the ball is to play more in man coverage than they have in…



Film Room: Something Borrowed, Something New In Keith Butler’s Defense

Much of our focus with Keith Butler’s defense has been its expected evolution in 2017. Transitioning away from Dick LeBeau’s scheme and incorporating more man coverage, the buzzword we’re all probably too caught up in. It’s important to remind everyone Butler’s defense has – and will continue to be –…