Keith Butler

Steelers Spin: Week Fifteen Rants And Ramblings

‘Twas a week before Christmas and all through Steelers Nation houses, the “fire Mike Tomlin” hecklers are quiet as mouses. This, after Mike Tomlin brought his team from the brink four weeks and a seemingly eternity ago from a dismally disappointing 4-5 start. Now the team is 8-5, following an…


Steelers Home Stretch Defensive Charting Notes

Haven’t written one of these up the past few weeks and it’s been about a month since I’ve compiled the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive notes. So let’s look at it one more time before our end-of-season review. We’re using 825 plays as our guide here. – Most common personnel the Steelers…





Watch: Mike Tomlin and Keith Butler Blend Steelers’ Defense

Our weekly talk to the tape segment. Have seen parts of it all season long but the win over the Buffalo Bills was as good example as any that showed the way Mike Tomlin and Keith Butler are blending their backgrounds into a surprisingly effective defense. Tomlin is known from…



Film Room: Steelers’ Rush Lane Integrity Critical To Defensive Success

Admittedly, this isn’t the sexiest topic to write about. But if you like the highlight reel plays, the sacks and big plays, they often stem from doing the little things. To create pressure, it all starts with discipline, rush lane integrity, and balance. Before all the drawings, the schemings, and…


Butler On Timmons: ‘I Think He’s Stepping Up A Little Bit’

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons had a key red zone interception in last Sunday’s win over the New York Giants and while we’ve already heard quarterback Eli Manning describe that play, defensive coordinator Keith Butler gave his thoughts this past week on what led to that turnover earlier this week during his interview with Missi Matthews on Steelers…


Steelers’ Mathews No Stranger To Starting

With Pittsburgh Steelers rookie, defensive lineman Javon Hargrave currently questionable for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills with a concussion, veteran defensive lineman Ricardo Mathews might have to start in his place opposite Stephon Tuitt. During his Thursday session with the media, Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler was asked what kind…


Steelers Vs Colts Defensive Charting Notes

Your weekly roundup. All applicable stats out of 62 plays. – The Pittsburgh Steelers were in nickel 58% of the time against the Indianapolis Colts. In their 3-4 40.3%. – Keith Butler again turned up the heat, sending five or six rushers 46.3% of the time. He blitzed 53.7% (22…


Butler On Dupree: ‘He’s Still A Little Rusty’

During his Tuesday press conference, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated that he’ll now move forward with a four-man rotation at the outside linebacker position. One of those four players will obviously be second-year linebacker Bud Dupree, who has now played in two games since returning from the team’s…


Cam Heyward Still Playing Key Role While On IR

He is the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive leader. And so even though he’s been confined to the sidelines for the rest of the season, the result of a torn pectoral, he’s still lending a helping hand to the rest of the team. Sitting down with Missi Matthews on Steelers’ Nation Radio, Keith…


Steelers Recent Sack Production Skews Season Total

They were the worst team in the league. Emphasis on were. If you landed on Earth today and just looked at the team stats, you’d think the Pittsburgh Steelers are doing pretty ok with their 24 sacks. That puts them tied for 14th in the NFL, above average, when two weeks…