Keith Butler

Steelers’ Pass Rush Must Get Off To Better Start In 2017

Look at the total sacks the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense racked up, 38 in all, and you walk away content. Not happy. But content. After all, the 38 ranked in the top ten. Just keep in mind for as good as they were the second half of the season, they were…


Film Room: Pattern Matching Made Easy

Kicking off this week with another Film Room. Know you guys have been asking for more of this and I love you all for it. My favorite topics to write about. Keith Butler had a lengthy conversation with the media during last week’s minicamp. Much of it revolved around schematic…



Keith Butler: ‘We Just Need To Enhance Our Matchup Zones’

There has been no greater source of intrigue and discussion for the fan base thus far this offseason, in my estimation, than has been the innuendos surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers about potentially become a more diverse unit on defense in terms of the variety of coverages that they intend to…


Keith Butler Confirms Defense Will Keep Using Over Front

I don’t know if Keith Butler is one of your favorite coaches on the Pittsburgh Steelers but I do think he is one of the most honest and willing to talk X’s and O’s of the big three (Tomlin, Haley, Butler). He had a lengthy Q&A session with the media…



Keith Butler Admits Team Played Too Much Zone In 2016

Keith Butler addressed the media after today’s minicamp practice to discuss the changes the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense will make this upcoming year. Honestly? It’s hard to get a straight answer out of a normally candid, good ‘ol Southern boy. Butler did admit the Steelers spot dropped too much in zone…


One Step To Take: DE L.T. Walton

Bringing back a series I had a lot of fun exploring last offseason. Every player wants to improve, to elevate his game in all areas from one season to the next. Understanding that, we’re going to isolate just one area, one faction of a player’s game. The biggest area for…


Film Room: Keith Butler’s Palms Coverage

We’ve spent a lot of time discussing the transition the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense is making. Led by Keith Butler, there’s a blend between his and Mike Tomlin principles with something new entirely, the desire to play straight man coverage. It’s one of the top things I’ll be studying once the…


Can The Steelers 2017 Draft Class Pull Off The Improbable?

Do any of you remember the last time an entire Pittsburgh Steelers draft class made the Week 1 53-man roster? I know I can’t and while odds are probably against it happening this year, one can make a pretty good pre-training camp argument that the unthinkable might just might happen in…


Film Room: Man Coverage Concepts The Steelers May Use In 2017

It’s no secret the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to use more man coverage this season. Mike Tomlin said they need to be able to play more man, they drafted a pair of corners with that in mind, and Carnell Lake literally said as much during the draft. Last year under…


Steelers DC Keith Butler Compares New CB Brian Allen To S Sean Davis

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed their first draft pick on Monday and it was former Utah cornerback Brian Allen, who was selected in the fifth-round. Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler recently talked about Allen during an interview with Missi Matthews of steelers.com. “Big,” said Butler when asked what he likes about…


Keith Butler Relates To T.J. Watt’s Brotherly Rivalry

Most, I assume, are aware of the fact that Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler was not only formerly a linebackers coach, but also a linebacker himself. He was a second-round draft pick of the Seahawks in 1978 and played there for a decade, starting 132 games as an inside…


Keith Butler Stresses Focus On Improving Steelers’ Pass Rush

For as close-to-the-vest as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ normally are, they’re generally transparent about the areas of the team they have to address. Before the draft, the team made it clear they wanted to develop a better pass rush and they walked away with a pair of outside linebackers. Sitting down…


Football Is Literally Family In Steelers’ Scouting Department

A couple of days back Alex Kozora posted an enlightening article that did some digging into the Pittsburgh Steelers’ scouting department and looked at their level of experience as well as tenure with the organization. In light of a number of teams recently parting ways with some or even all…