American football team
The Pittsburgh Steelers are a professional American football team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers compete in the National Football League, as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference North division. Founded in 1933, the Steelers are the oldest franchise in the AFC.
- Head coach: Mike Tomlin
- Arena/Stadium: Heinz Field
- Owner: Rooney family
- Division: AFC North
- NFL championships: 2009, 2006, 1980, 1979, 1976, 1975
Has the Steelers’ defense become dangerously predictable?
When your opponent knows what you’re going to do just as easily as you do, your matchup has failed before it begins
There are many famous quotes when it comes to football. If you are willing to take the time, you can find a great quote for almost any football situation via the Internet. One such quote I have heard quite often deals with scheming versus players making plays. It goes as follows:
“It’s less about the X’s and O’s and more about the Jimmy’s and Joe’s.”
The heart of this argument is scheme can only get a team so far. Ultimately, it comes down to players making plays and winning individual matchups. I could get completely behind this quote, if it is in fact what the author meant.
What I don’t believe this quote meant to say was players winning individual matchups can overcome a bad scheme. Unfortunately, I believe this is what the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has been facing recently, especially in the second half of games.
Defensive X-Factor: DE Stephon Tuitt
Tuitt has been a one-man wrecking ball throughout the first three games of the 2019 season, and this will have to continue for a Steelers defense struggling to gain ground in the consistency department. Maybe this is the torch being passed from Cameron Heyward to Stephon Tuitt, or maybe Tuitt isn’t gaining as much attention as Heyward. Either way, this defense needs a hero, and Tuitt might just be the man for the job when it comes to run-stuffing and rushing the passer.
Offensive X-Factor: Offensive Line
Call this a cop-out, but if the Steelers want to win this football game, they have to dominate the line of scrimmage…something they haven’t done yet this season. What happened to the offensive line of the past three years? Where did the punishing run blocking and amazing pass blocking go? Either way, the offensive line better step up in Week 4 if the Steelers want to post their first win of the season,