Keith Butler

Correcting The Steelers “Failed Philosophy” Post

Well, this is awkward. But I dove deeper into the data of my post earlier today of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ success rate on first down and found some errors/quirks with my charting. So in the interest of transparency, here’s what happened, and here are the actual numbers. We wrote the…


Steelers Failed To Succeed In Key Defensive Philosophy For 2016

Please check out this updated post at the link here.  We’ve leaned pretty heavily on old Dick LeBeau playbooks throughout each season. Keith Butler has carried over concepts and philosophies from him, the man who worked under for more than a decade, many of which we’ve discussed after games in…



2016 Steelers’ Defensive Charting: Playoffs

Per reader request, an overview of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense from the playoffs only. If you missed it, check out our data from the regular season. There is so much good information there. You seriously don’t want to miss out. The Steelers defense was on the field for 194 snaps…


2017 Steelers’ Final Defensive Charting Notes

We’re going through our final breakdown of our Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive charting. It is, frankly, a slog to go through but it provides with some of our most valuable data throughout the season. If you want to know any info that isn’t included here, let us know in the comments…


Rooney II Says Coaching Staff Evaluations Are Still Ongoing

During his end-of-the-season press conference, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin wouldn’t commit to the team’s entire coaching remaining intact during the offseason. During a Wednesday morning interview on DVE Radio, Steelers team president Art Rooney II was asked if the coaching staff evaluation is still ongoing. “Yeah, a couple…


Keith Butler Picked Wrong Time For Right Approach To Brady

I’ve finally been able to start to sift through our charting from the AFC Title loss. It’s always something we lean on for creating some quantifiable clarity for how the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense functioned under Keith Butler. Shortly after the game, Dave Bryan had a couple of solid tweets about…


Film Room: Spot Dropping Presenting Predictable Problems

Know we’re trying to move beyond the AFC Championship game. But because I’m sorta the last one to the party to digest this ugly, ugly loss. There’s been plenty of discussion about the issues in the secondary and there aren’t any terrible suggestions out here. Results speak for themselves. They…



Tomlin Won’t Commit To Steelers Coaching Staff Staying Intact

Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers made it the AFC Championship game this season, head coach Mike Tomlin wasn’t ready to guarantee on Tuesday that the entire coaching staff will be retained during the offseason. “You know, I understand that change is a part of this thing, it always is particularly…



Kozora: Steelers Season Still A Roaring Success

It’s ok to cry. In 2004, when I was in middle school and the New England Patriots‘ crushed the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 15-1 dreams, similar to today, I bawled like the baby I was. 12 years later, I’m in the same place. The more things change, the more they stay the…


Steelers Vs Patriots X Factor: Red Zone Defense

So close. So far away. When you’re down to the Final Four, the differences aren’t stark. They all have talent. They all have strong coaching. They’ve all dealt with problems. There are no Cleveland Browns at this stage, clearly. The difference between winner and loser is usually going to come…


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…