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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Good news for Steelers

It appears that both James Harrison and Troy Polamalu will be back on the field for the Steelers when they return to action against the Philadelphia Eagles.

That's good news for a defense that has been cheesy soft on the road.

There has been some question as to how much Harrison can help this team because of his health.

Remember, this is a guy who started last season at about 50 percent due to two offseason back surgeries.

Harrison on one leg is better than 75 percent of the pass rushers out there.


From PFF said...

Big Ben Deserved Better

It seems a funny thing to say, given that he had a shot to lead his team on the final drive and win the game but came up short, but I think it’s fair to argue that Roethlisberger’s +5.1 graded game deserved better than a defeat. In truth he made a lot of plays, and often extended them with his own trademark style to hit receivers for gains throughout the game.

Unlike some passers who only start to scramble when things break down, Roethlisberger actually uses his movement to open up throwing lanes and coverages by causing the defense to react. He can generate a pass where there wasn’t one previously by moving around and shifting the angles relative to defenders. It may cost him some hits and pressure at times, but in the greater scheme of things it’s worth the trouble. He finished the game 36 of 46 on his aimed throws (removing two spikes and a throwaway) for 384 yards and four touchdowns. That’s a passer rating of 130.4

Linebackers Strong Against the Run

They may have been without James Harrison but the Steelers still got some very impressive play from their linebackers. None of the four graded negatively for the game, and three of them scored very well against the run. Lamarr Woodley (+1.8), Larry Foote (+2.3) and Lawrence Timmons (+3.3) all showed very well in the run game, and constantly knifed between blockers to make stops in and around the line of scrimmage. The four linebackers combined for 12 defensive stops and just a single missed tackle.

Though Harrison is obviously a major loss for Pittsburgh, they will be pleased at how Chris Carter played in his stead. Carter may not have graded spectacularly (+0.2), but he made plays in the game and wasn’t exposed the way some players can be at that position.

D-Line Needs Reinforcements

I routinely wonder what some Steelers fans see in Ziggy Hood (-2.4), to the point that I’m actually checking plays more times than I normally would just to make sure I’m not missing some extremely subtle and under-the-radar level of dominance from him. It’s just not there. I was actually shocked in this outing when he made a good play in the run game–and even then he was beaten to the tackle by Timmons. Despite 36 snaps rushing the passer he failed to generate any pressure whatsoever.

I understand that might not be his specialty in this defense (though given his college background it probably should be), but if he’s out there for 36 snaps against the pass he needs to be able to make himself a factor. Otherwise he is just dead weight, because he rarely commands more than one blocker. In the end it was another poor performance from Hood and, as Casey Hampton (-1.3) isn’t getting any younger, Pittsburgh need to find some linemen going forward.

James said...

OK guys so to date, Ziggy Hood on 160 snaps has only 2 tackles and on 92 pass rushing attempts does not have one single QB pressure.

To make this very clear he is also not generating any pressure in the backfield, is getting blown off the ball and is virtually always one on one.

At what point is the coaching staff just going to admit he is a first round bust and see what they have in Cameron Heyward.

P.S the assignment on many of the 3rd and longs he's in on are to get to the QB! which he's failing to do.

marc said...

not sure where you are getting your stats...espn has ziggy with 4 tackles...not that it's much better.

plain and simple, hood is a 1st round draft pick in his 4th year and is not effective or productive at his position. obviously, more was expected of him and he has not delivered.

i wonder, has he ever shown the ability to dominant at the pro level? did the steelers just draft him too high?

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Anonymous said...

I was kinda worried the Steelers might have reached when they went dline so often at the top of the draft. Was hood really their top rated guy or were they worried because their dline was getting old?

We haven't had a home run in the first round in a while. Pouncey is good, no doubt, but I'm not sure he deserves the pro bowls he gets.

Dale Lolley said...

Hood officially has three tackles and two quarterback pressures according to the Steelers.

Heyward has three tackles and one sack.

Keisel has eight tackles and four pressures.