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    Troy Polamalu is Healthy, So What is Wrong with the Pittsburgh Steelers Defense?

    By gladys louise tyler (Contributor) on November 12, 2010
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    In 2008, the Steelers had an unbelievable season: they held 14 consecutive opponents under 300 yards of total offense, were No. 1 against the pass, No. 2 against the run, No. 1 in total yards per game and by season's end had recorded 51 sacks.

    Flash-forward to 2009 season. The Steelers walked through the looking glass. They were systematically confronted with fourth quarter implosions, while the run defense ended third in the league and the pass defense failed the black and gold.

    Yes, the injuries to Troy Polamalu and Aaron Smith were devastating. In a defense that depends upon stopping the run and forcing the opponent to pass whereupon the defense then unleashes a furry of blitzing and zone blitzing schemes, losing a Polamalu who reads and interprets the offense based upon the defensive schemes was a loss the Steelers never quite recovered from.

    Now, it is 2010. Troy Polamalu is healthy, the defense ranks fourth. The Steelers are first against the rush and 24th against the pass. But the Steelers are 6-2, which is at least three games in the win column more than most thought was possible at this junction with the Roethlisberger suspension.

    There is a murmur of discontent with the once vaulted pass defense. In the Week 8 loss to the Saints, New Orleans amassed 318 total net yards with 305 of the yards coming off the hands of Drew Brees. In the fourth quarter, both Colston and Moore caught TD passes, making the pass defense look gassed.

    In Week 9 versus the Bengals, Carson Palmer had 248 yards, including a touchdown pass to T.O. and a methodical fourth quarter drive for the lead aptly broken up when rookie Jordan Shipley was sandwiched between Ike Taylor and James Harrison on a 4th-and-five on the 12-yard line with 34 seconds left to play. So why didnít it feel like a win?

    The expectation of the Steeler nation is the 2008 season. The Steelers have been decimated by injuries this year on both sides of the ball. And, the Steelers are 6-2, ranked fourth in defense. While the Bengals game bent the pass defense, it didnít break it.

    This week, the Steelers play the Patriots at home. Tom Brady and the Pats got manhandled last week by the Cleveland Browns. Is there any reason to believe the Steelers defense is not capable of an equal or greater submission hold on the Patriots?

    We are at the halfway mark in the season (all you naysayers, behold the determination of the Steelers through adversity), and we look pretty darn good. Maybe the problem isnít with the defense but unrealistic expectations.

    At the end of the Bengals game, Polamalu looked as if it was a defeat. Tomlin explained that Polamalu liked ďto win on style points; sometimes thatís not possible.Ē I say hear hear. A win is a win is a win. And the pass defense while showing remarkable yoga like flexibility at times hasnít broken the Steelers yet.

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    Its frustrating from at points, but I think it comes down to, not with just the Steelers, but the NFL, that playing defense is not the way the game is designed.

    The league wants points, late comebacks, and excitement right to the end, so they handcuff the Defense.

    How many drives are kept alive by the classic, "Launch it downfield and get a 40 yard Pass Interference" Penalty?
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    Its frustrating from at points, but I think it comes down to, not with just the Steelers, but the NFL, that playing defense is not the way the game is designed.

    The league wants points, late comebacks, and excitement right to the end, so they handcuff the Defense.

    How many drives are kept alive by the classic, "Launch it downfield and get a 40 yard Pass Interference" Penalty?
    That's a fair point.

    We also have a secondary that persists in its magnanimity and munificence - get to the man/ball reception area before the ball arrives and break the play up for once.

    It's happened rarely this last year or two, but we saw how annoyed it made Chad the CHUD when it happened on Monday night.
    'I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ***-kickers, ****-kickers and Methodists.'

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    It's happened rarely this last year or two, but we saw how annoyed it made Chad the CHUD when it happened on Monday night.
    Some saw it up close.Quite the sight.

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    Some saw it up close.Quite the sight.
    He looked annoyed enough to shoot his tampon clear across the field.
    'I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ***-kickers, ****-kickers and Methodists.'

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    He looked annoyed enough to shoot his tampon clear across the field.
    You mean he didn't???

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    You mean he didn't???
    At first I thought it was Marvin Lewis throwing a challenge.
    'I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ***-kickers, ****-kickers and Methodists.'

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    whats wrong with the D-not much were 6-2 period..

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    Our D is #2 overall. #1 against the rush and #23 against the pass. The pass defense is down from #15 last year and #1 the year before.

    There is clearly something wrong with the pass defense.
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    Our D is #2 overall. #1 against the rush and #23 against the pass. The pass defense is down from #15 last year and #1 the year before.

    There is clearly something wrong with the pass defense.
    If you had looked at the passing stat earlier in the year, we were 25, 24, 27 after various weeks...

    Ray Horton is responsible for the DBs.... Responsible for coaching the fundamentals, as well as implementing the schemes.... I've said it a gazillion times before, and will say it a gazillion more times.... He is the problem in my opinion.
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    If you had looked at the passing stat earlier in the year, we were 25, 24, 27 after various weeks...

    Ray Horton is responsible for the DBs.... Responsible for coaching the fundamentals, as well as implementing the schemes.... I've said it a gazillion times before, and will say it a gazillion more times.... He is the problem in my opinion.
    Here's an interesting stat - we're tied for #6 in picks this year. Last year we were #25.

    Correlation?
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    Our D is #2 overall. #1 against the rush and #23 against the pass. The pass defense is down from #15 last year and #1 the year before.

    There is clearly something wrong with the pass defense.
    If you had looked at the passing stat earlier in the year, we were 25, 24, 27 after various weeks...

    Ray Horton is responsible for the DBs.... Responsible for coaching the fundamentals, as well as implementing the schemes.... I've said it a gazillion times before, and will say it a gazillion more times.... He is the problem in my opinion.
    And as I've said a gazillion times,its Dick LeBeau's problem to fix.Since he isn't,he must not think there's a problem.

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    Fire Tomlin!!!
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    Fire Tomlin!!!
    Fire Arians!!!



    Oh,wait.That was supposed to be serious.

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    Fire Arians!!!



    Oh,wait.That was supposed to be serious.
    LOL!!! Seriously I hope Brady doesn't end up 26/32 for 287 and 2 TD's, hate to start tomorrow in a foul mood!
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