Keith Butler

Film Room: Artie Burns’ Growing Pains Continue

Artie Burns has played more than probably most of us expected. And he is getting better. Slowly, incrementally, he is. But the level of variance in his game is still extremely high and it gives as much bad as there is good. We’re going to focus on that bad today….


Film Room: Butler Deserves Huge Credit For Sunday’s Sack Output

There are basically three reasons how a defense registers a sack. 1. Good coverage 2. Winning one-on-one matchups 3. Good blitz scheme Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers had all three in their eight sack barrage. But we are most interested in that third one, the blitz scheme,…


Steelers Pass Rush Explodes For League-High Eight Sacks

Remember when the Pittsburgh Steelers had trouble getting after the quarterback? In the post-win glow of a 24-9 Steelers victory in which they brought down more than one quarterback for a total of eight sacks, knocking one of them out of the game, it’s almost hard to remember how much…


Steelers Vs Browns: Winners/Losers

It wasn’t the most comfortable win but did you really expect anything different? I didn’t. But it’s a Pittsburgh Steelers’ victory. And that feels good to say again. WINNERS Le’Veon Bell: There’s being a workhorse and then there’s what Bell did today. 36 touches, a career high, and he did…


Midseason Steelers’ Defensive Charting Notes

Your midseason Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive charting notes from the first nine games. As our guide, we have 589 total plays we’re looking at. They’re on pace for about 1047, a slight dip from 2015 but not by much. – The top personnel packages this season. Nickel: 61.1% 3-4: 29% Dime:…



2016 South Side Questions: Will Dupree Get Activated For Sunday?

The regular season is here, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are taking their practices at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, formerly known and still referred to as the ‘South Side’ facility of Heinz Field. While the real work is now upon us, there is plenty left to be done. And there…


Keith Butler Says Artie Burns ‘Needs To Get Stronger’

Over the course of the last several weeks the Pittsburgh Steelers have made a concerted to get their top two draft picks from this year on the field more on the defensive side of the football. During his weekly talk with Missi Matthews on Steelers Nation Radio, defensive coordinator Keith…



Steelers Vs Cowboys Winners/Losers

I’m going to be sick. Anyone have a paper bag? WINNERS Ben Roethlisberger: After his worst performance in the NFL last year, Roethlisberger was fantastic today. He spread the wealth, completing passes to eight different receivers, and was efficient with the football. Only nine incompletions to three touchdowns while throwing…


Steelers Spin: Week Ten Rants And Ramblings

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses. Yes…an apt descriptor of the fading lantern drawing Steelers Nation as their beloved team limps home following a dismal trifecta of losses to the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and…most regrettably…the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday. This is not your father’s Pittsburgh…


Steelers Vs Ravens Defensive Charting Notes

Out of a grand total of 70 snaps. – The Baltimore Ravens ran only two plays in the Steelers’ red zone.  Had only five at or inside their 25. Still dominated. – Pittsburgh used their base defense on 29 snaps, or 41.4% of the time. I still have to look…



Butler On Chickillo: ‘He’s Not Making Any Mental Mistakes’

In Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo led the team’s position group in total snaps played with 42. During his weekly interview with Missi Matthews on Steelers Nation Radio, defensive coordinator Keith Butler explained why Chickillo led all outside linebackers in total snaps played against…


Watch: Why Pittsburgh Shut Down Baltimore’s Run Game

Back to talk to the tape and coaches film from Sunday’s loss against the Baltimore Ravens. Lot of things went poorly but we’re focusing on something good here. A Pittsburgh Steelers’ run defense that held a Ravens rushing attack – a team that held the lead throughout – to just…