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    Dick LeBeau does not like to get embarrassed, especially on prime time television, but that is exactly what happened on November 14. Tom Brady and the New England Pats** shredded LeBeau's defense like Mexican cheese. LeBeau remembered all too vividly the previous time the Steelers played against Brady. The Pats** came out with a megaphone and yelled to him that they were not going to run the ball and were still going to carve him up like a Thanksgiving turkey. Even with that declaration of being one dimensional, Brady had a field day while the Pats** ran the ball exactly once per quarter.

    It is well known that LeBeau runs a deceptive zone blitz defense that prides itself on taking away the run and either applying pressure on the opposing quarterback or, as Lebeau smirkishly admits, falsely giving the "perception of pressure." Another component of LeBeau's scheme is to take away the big play and make the opponent work hard by dinking and dunking a long way to reach success. The theory is that along the way the offense will make a mistake, get sacked or throw an incomplete pass on third down.

    There is a price to be paid with this scheme, and that is, you give up the short possession pass. There are two problems with this cost. First, a Hall of Fame quarterback is LeBeau's kryptonite, proven time and time again. Second, the Steelers have an aging defense. Snack, Keisel, Hokey, Ivan, Troy, Deebo, Potsie and Clark are no spring chickens. Keeping them on the field for lengthy periods of time chasing all the dinks and dunks is not a recipe for success over the course of 60 minutes. LeBeau saw that first-hand two weeks prior to the New England game when Drew Brees owned the second half of the Saints game in another Steelers' loss.

    After the most recent Brady debacle, the Steelers did some soul-searching and reconfirmed their goals. Winning 10 games against poor-to-good quarterbacks is not one of them. Bringing home Lombardi is the only goal. Therefore, adjustments needed to be made. LeBeau did not change his zone blitz, or pressure/perception of pressure designs. What subtly changed after November 14 were coverage designs. Steelers' cornerbacks now play much closer to the line of scrimmage. Linebackers are now helping much more with short passing lanes. Ryan Clark will often pinch closer also to take away the middle zone, leaving the vulnerability of the long pass.

    The results have been interesting to say the least. The Steelers currently rank 12th in the NFL in pass defense, yielding 214 yards per game. This may seem pedestrian, but consider that A) teams cannot run on the Steelers and therefore pass, and B) good quarterbacks have no need to run anyway. Thus, the Steelers have been thrown upon 593 times - only three NFL teams have defended more passes. Ranking 12th in yardage allowed is commendable when you rank 29th in passes defended. Moreover, Pittsburgh ranks first in the league in yards per attempted pass, just 6.3. Not too shabby for a defensive backfield that has been riddled with criticism.

    But let's take a closer look at the numbers. Up through the New England game, the Steelers gave up 252 passing yards per game. That number would rank them 29th in the league if it were to continue through today. However, since the Pats** calamity, when LeBeau tightened the screws, the Steelers have given up 169 yards per game, a huge statistical difference. That number would rank them first in the league. The difference between pre and post November 14 is first or 29th; thus they end in the middle at #12.

    This is no statistical anomaly based on variances of opposition. The Steelers played all three Division rivals both before and after November 14. The Cincinnati Bengals passed for 218 yards under the "softer" LeBeau and just 156 in the post-New England game. Cleveland threw for 258 yards the first time and only 209 the second time (Many against the second team when the Browns were throwing on every play). Baltimore amassed 250 yards in game one and 226 yards in the sequel. The quarterbacks were the same in all three pairings.


    Steelers Passing Yards Allowed Per Game Pre Nov. 14 Post Nov. 14
    Baltimore 250 226
    Cincinnati 218 156
    Cleveland 258 209
    Season Totals 2270 1182
    Average Per Game 252 169


    While the price to be paid is the vulnerability to the home run ball, the Steelers have enjoyed significant time-of-possession advantages since November 14, a factor that has benefited the team's defensive gray-beards immensely. Joe Flacco completed passes of 61 and 67 yards in their second matchup, but those two completions accounted for 57 percent of Baltimore's total passing yardage. By minimizing the dinks and dunks, Pittsburgh had commanding control of possession time by nearly 10 minutes. In the first Baltimore game, the Rats actually led in time-of-possession, perhaps causing a tiring defense to allow the game-winning drive in the last minute. In the second meeting, having been on the field six fewer minutes, the Steelers' defense rose to the occasion and made the play that won the game.

    Since LeBeau took his pass defense into the shop on November 15, the Steelers have won the time-of-possession battle in every game. In the first nine games, the Steelers actually trailed in possession time, averaging 30.1 minutes to 30.2 minutes. Post-Brady, the Steelers have changed that number drastically. Pittsburgh has held the ball an average of 35.1 minutes per game, while the opponents have had possession just 26.1 MPG. Adding four and a half more minutes of possession time is a double victory, since opponents get four and a half fewer minutes, creating a nine-minute spread.

    Steelers Time Of Possession (Minutes) Pre Nov. 14 Post Nov. 14
    Baltimore 29 34
    Cincinnati 29 35
    Cleveland 32 33
    Season Totals 271 246
    Average Per Game 30.1 35.1

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    Nice read!

    Kinda like the difference between the prevent and a normal defense.

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    More positive reasons to look forward to the playoffs. I like it, thanks Camo.

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    LeBeau is no doubt one of the best defensive minds ever and when your defensive schemes have been as revolutionary as his have been, and when you've had the players he has had, that can really make things work even better than they were intended to. In Lebeau's first stint here, Woodson and Williams regularly lined up tight on the receivers. Since Dicks return, the CB's have given the receiver a large cushion. Maybe this was a decision based on the coverage ability of corners. Either way, regardless of the competition, those numbers are impressive. If these changes allow our pass rush to get to Brady, he is in for a long day and Harrison gets at least one fine and penalty.
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    LeBeau is no doubt one of the best defensive minds ever and when your defensive schemes have been as revolutionary as his have been, and when you've had the players he has had, that can really make things work even better than they were intended to. In Lebeau's first stint here, Woodson and Williams regularly lined up tight on the receivers. Since Dicks return, the CB's have given the receiver a large cushion. Maybe this was a decision based on the coverage ability of corners. Either way, regardless of the competition, those numbers are impressive. If these changes allow our pass rush to get to Brady, he is in for a long day and Harrison gets at least one fine and penalty.
    And if I was financially able I would pay said fine for him.

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    I'll chip in too, it would be so worth it if it was in lieu of buying Super Bowl tickets.
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    Dick LeBeau does not like to get embarrassed, especially on prime time television, but that is exactly what happened on November 14. Tom Brady and the New England Pats** shredded LeBeau's defense like Mexican cheese. LeBeau remembered all too vividly the previous time the Steelers played against Brady. The Pats** came out with a megaphone and yelled to him that they were not going to run the ball and were still going to carve him up like a Thanksgiving turkey. Even with that declaration of being one dimensional, Brady had a field day while the Pats** ran the ball exactly once per quarter.

    It is well known that LeBeau runs a deceptive zone blitz defense that prides itself on taking away the run and either applying pressure on the opposing quarterback or, as Lebeau smirkishly admits, falsely giving the "perception of pressure." Another component of LeBeau's scheme is to take away the big play and make the opponent work hard by dinking and dunking a long way to reach success. The theory is that along the way the offense will make a mistake, get sacked or throw an incomplete pass on third down.

    There is a price to be paid with this scheme, and that is, you give up the short possession pass. There are two problems with this cost. First, a Hall of Fame quarterback is LeBeau's kryptonite, proven time and time again. Second, the Steelers have an aging defense. Snack, Keisel, Hokey, Ivan, Troy, Deebo, Potsie and Clark are no spring chickens. Keeping them on the field for lengthy periods of time chasing all the dinks and dunks is not a recipe for success over the course of 60 minutes. LeBeau saw that first-hand two weeks prior to the New England game when Drew Brees owned the second half of the Saints game in another Steelers' loss.

    After the most recent Brady debacle, the Steelers did some soul-searching and reconfirmed their goals. Winning 10 games against poor-to-good quarterbacks is not one of them. Bringing home Lombardi is the only goal. Therefore, adjustments needed to be made. LeBeau did not change his zone blitz, or pressure/perception of pressure designs. What subtly changed after November 14 were coverage designs. Steelers' cornerbacks now play much closer to the line of scrimmage. Linebackers are now helping much more with short passing lanes. Ryan Clark will often pinch closer also to take away the middle zone, leaving the vulnerability of the long pass.

    The results have been interesting to say the least. The Steelers currently rank 12th in the NFL in pass defense, yielding 214 yards per game. This may seem pedestrian, but consider that A) teams cannot run on the Steelers and therefore pass, and B) good quarterbacks have no need to run anyway. Thus, the Steelers have been thrown upon 593 times - only three NFL teams have defended more passes. Ranking 12th in yardage allowed is commendable when you rank 29th in passes defended. Moreover, Pittsburgh ranks first in the league in yards per attempted pass, just 6.3. Not too shabby for a defensive backfield that has been riddled with criticism.

    But let's take a closer look at the numbers. Up through the New England game, the Steelers gave up 252 passing yards per game. That number would rank them 29th in the league if it were to continue through today. However, since the Pats** calamity, when LeBeau tightened the screws, the Steelers have given up 169 yards per game, a huge statistical difference. That number would rank them first in the league. The difference between pre and post November 14 is first or 29th; thus they end in the middle at #12.

    This is no statistical anomaly based on variances of opposition. The Steelers played all three Division rivals both before and after November 14. The Cincinnati Bengals passed for 218 yards under the "softer" LeBeau and just 156 in the post-New England game. Cleveland threw for 258 yards the first time and only 209 the second time (Many against the second team when the Browns were throwing on every play). Baltimore amassed 250 yards in game one and 226 yards in the sequel. The quarterbacks were the same in all three pairings.


    Steelers Passing Yards Allowed Per Game Pre Nov. 14 Post Nov. 14
    Baltimore 250 226
    Cincinnati 218 156
    Cleveland 258 209
    Season Totals 2270 1182
    Average Per Game 252 169


    While the price to be paid is the vulnerability to the home run ball, the Steelers have enjoyed significant time-of-possession advantages since November 14, a factor that has benefited the team's defensive gray-beards immensely. Joe Flacco completed passes of 61 and 67 yards in their second matchup, but those two completions accounted for 57 percent of Baltimore's total passing yardage. By minimizing the dinks and dunks, Pittsburgh had commanding control of possession time by nearly 10 minutes. In the first Baltimore game, the Rats actually led in time-of-possession, perhaps causing a tiring defense to allow the game-winning drive in the last minute. In the second meeting, having been on the field six fewer minutes, the Steelers' defense rose to the occasion and made the play that won the game.

    Since LeBeau took his pass defense into the shop on November 15, the Steelers have won the time-of-possession battle in every game. In the first nine games, the Steelers actually trailed in possession time, averaging 30.1 minutes to 30.2 minutes. Post-Brady, the Steelers have changed that number drastically. Pittsburgh has held the ball an average of 35.1 minutes per game, while the opponents have had possession just 26.1 MPG. Adding four and a half more minutes of possession time is a double victory, since opponents get four and a half fewer minutes, creating a nine-minute spread.

    Steelers Time Of Possession (Minutes) Pre Nov. 14 Post Nov. 14
    Baltimore 29 34
    Cincinnati 29 35
    Cleveland 32 33
    Season Totals 271 246
    Average Per Game 30.1 35.1
    great article..all your own research? I contend that it also has to do with the shorter routes the receivers are running thus allowing Ben not to hold the ball so long and to not allow sacks thus the O moves downfield better.

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    great article..all your own research? I contend that it also has to do with the shorter routes the receivers are running thus allowing Ben not to hold the ball so long and to not allow sacks thus the O moves downfield better.
    No way did I write this, I stole it from another site.

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    But let's take a closer look at the numbers. Up through the New England game, the Steelers gave up 252 passing yards per game. That number would rank them 29th in the league if it were to continue through today. However, since the Pats** calamity, when LeBeau tightened the screws, the Steelers have given up 169 yards per game, a huge statistical difference. That number would rank them first in the league. The difference between pre and post November 14 is first or 29th; thus they end in the middle at #12.
    Another stat thru the NE game is this. In the first 9 games the Steelers had 24 sacks, they had 24 in their last 7 (not a hugh leap, but an improvement)(and I'm not saying 48 sacks is bad, Heck, it led the league!), while they went 6 and 1. And that included just 1 sack of Sancheeze in game 14. He only threw for 170 yards and no TDs, but he had success on those short quick slants because the corners were playing way off the line. Maybe a result of Troy being out and they didn't want to get beat deep......In the Steelers 4 losses they had 4 sacks.........Big time pressure on the QB is key........let the dogs out, D.L.
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    these are the kind of articles this site needs.not the garbage i've been reading

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    these are the kind of articles this site needs.not the garbage i've been reading
    Guilty as charged, rockcr.......I vow not to bring useless dribble from the Bleacher Report to the board again......
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    If we do play the Cheats you know Bellicheat will be doing soemthing different on offense to offset Lebeaus latest schemes or current defensive production.
    Great that after all these years Lebeau decided to now change.
    I like the confidence the article gives and the enthusiasm everyone has but the first thing we need to do if we end up playing the Cheats is, Stop them the first time around.
    The last time they marched on us like we were not even on the field. Can't have that because I think our players will allow that to affect them.

    Second, we got to put the points on the board or first possesion and I mean a TD not a fieldgoal.
    We may slow Brady down but we are not going to stop him.
    Our offense better find away to score often to keep up with this game.
    Given the great season Brady is having, our defense better put the hurting on Brady.

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    If we do play the Cheats you know Bellicheat will be doing soemthing different on offense to offset Lebeaus latest schemes or current defensive production.
    Great that after all these years Lebeau decided to now change.
    I like the confidence the article gives and the enthusiasm everyone has but the first thing we need to do if we end up playing the Cheats is, Stop them the first time around.
    The last time they marched on us like we were not even on the field. Can't have that because I think our players will allow that to affect them.

    Second, we got to put the points on the board or first possesion and I mean a TD not a fieldgoal.
    We may slow Brady down but we are not going to stop him.
    Our offense better find away to score often to keep up with this game.
    Given the great season Brady is having, our defense better put the hurting on Brady.
    I agree 100%. Another thing that gives me hope is the ability to run the ball for short yardage, especially goal line. We have been getting better at this as shown during the Stains game.

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    I agree 100%. Another thing that gives me hope is the ability to run the ball for short yardage, especially goal line. We have been getting better at this as shown during the Stains game.
    the offense is really where this game is gonna be-we know there gonna score we just have to control it-BTW wasn,t the score at the half of the first game 10-7..i cant remember?

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    Dick LeBeau does not like to get embarrassed, especially on prime time television, but that is exactly what happened on November 14. Tom Brady and the New England Pats** shredded LeBeau's defense like Mexican cheese. LeBeau remembered all too vividly the previous time the Steelers played against Brady. The Pats** came out with a megaphone and yelled to him that they were not going to run the ball and were still going to carve him up like a Thanksgiving turkey. Even with that declaration of being one dimensional, Brady had a field day while the Pats** ran the ball exactly once per quarter.

    It is well known that LeBeau runs a deceptive zone blitz defense that prides itself on taking away the run and either applying pressure on the opposing quarterback or, as Lebeau smirkishly admits, falsely giving the "perception of pressure." Another component of LeBeau's scheme is to take away the big play and make the opponent work hard by dinking and dunking a long way to reach success. The theory is that along the way the offense will make a mistake, get sacked or throw an incomplete pass on third down.

    There is a price to be paid with this scheme, and that is, you give up the short possession pass. There are two problems with this cost. First, a Hall of Fame quarterback is LeBeau's kryptonite, proven time and time again. Second, the Steelers have an aging defense. Snack, Keisel, Hokey, Ivan, Troy, Deebo, Potsie and Clark are no spring chickens. Keeping them on the field for lengthy periods of time chasing all the dinks and dunks is not a recipe for success over the course of 60 minutes. LeBeau saw that first-hand two weeks prior to the New England game when Drew Brees owned the second half of the Saints game in another Steelers' loss.

    After the most recent Brady debacle, the Steelers did some soul-searching and reconfirmed their goals. Winning 10 games against poor-to-good quarterbacks is not one of them. Bringing home Lombardi is the only goal. Therefore, adjustments needed to be made. LeBeau did not change his zone blitz, or pressure/perception of pressure designs. What subtly changed after November 14 were coverage designs. Steelers' cornerbacks now play much closer to the line of scrimmage. Linebackers are now helping much more with short passing lanes. Ryan Clark will often pinch closer also to take away the middle zone, leaving the vulnerability of the long pass.

    The results have been interesting to say the least. The Steelers currently rank 12th in the NFL in pass defense, yielding 214 yards per game. This may seem pedestrian, but consider that A) teams cannot run on the Steelers and therefore pass, and B) good quarterbacks have no need to run anyway. Thus, the Steelers have been thrown upon 593 times - only three NFL teams have defended more passes. Ranking 12th in yardage allowed is commendable when you rank 29th in passes defended. Moreover, Pittsburgh ranks first in the league in yards per attempted pass, just 6.3. Not too shabby for a defensive backfield that has been riddled with criticism.

    But let's take a closer look at the numbers. Up through the New England game, the Steelers gave up 252 passing yards per game. That number would rank them 29th in the league if it were to continue through today. However, since the Pats** calamity, when LeBeau tightened the screws, the Steelers have given up 169 yards per game, a huge statistical difference. That number would rank them first in the league. The difference between pre and post November 14 is first or 29th; thus they end in the middle at #12.

    This is no statistical anomaly based on variances of opposition. The Steelers played all three Division rivals both before and after November 14. The Cincinnati Bengals passed for 218 yards under the "softer" LeBeau and just 156 in the post-New England game. Cleveland threw for 258 yards the first time and only 209 the second time (Many against the second team when the Browns were throwing on every play). Baltimore amassed 250 yards in game one and 226 yards in the sequel. The quarterbacks were the same in all three pairings.


    Steelers Passing Yards Allowed Per Game Pre Nov. 14 Post Nov. 14
    Baltimore 250 226
    Cincinnati 218 156
    Cleveland 258 209
    Season Totals 2270 1182
    Average Per Game 252 169


    While the price to be paid is the vulnerability to the home run ball, the Steelers have enjoyed significant time-of-possession advantages since November 14, a factor that has benefited the team's defensive gray-beards immensely. Joe Flacco completed passes of 61 and 67 yards in their second matchup, but those two completions accounted for 57 percent of Baltimore's total passing yardage. By minimizing the dinks and dunks, Pittsburgh had commanding control of possession time by nearly 10 minutes. In the first Baltimore game, the Rats actually led in time-of-possession, perhaps causing a tiring defense to allow the game-winning drive in the last minute. In the second meeting, having been on the field six fewer minutes, the Steelers' defense rose to the occasion and made the play that won the game.

    Since LeBeau took his pass defense into the shop on November 15, the Steelers have won the time-of-possession battle in every game. In the first nine games, the Steelers actually trailed in possession time, averaging 30.1 minutes to 30.2 minutes. Post-Brady, the Steelers have changed that number drastically. Pittsburgh has held the ball an average of 35.1 minutes per game, while the opponents have had possession just 26.1 MPG. Adding four and a half more minutes of possession time is a double victory, since opponents get four and a half fewer minutes, creating a nine-minute spread.

    Steelers Time Of Possession (Minutes) Pre Nov. 14 Post Nov. 14
    Baltimore 29 34
    Cincinnati 29 35
    Cleveland 32 33
    Season Totals 271 246
    Average Per Game 30.1 35.1
    Well ****... this just took an Article idea out of my hands. I was looking through the Game Day Graphics last night and realized that our Passing Defense numbers had improve. I did a quick check and they did indeed start to improve after the Patriots game. Keep in mind we've played Buffalo, Oakland, Cleveland and Carolina's passing games not to mention ones that are inconsistent like Baltimore, Cincinnati and the Jets.

    I think that the Patriots beating along with the way Drew Brees similarily picked apart our secondary weeks before brought in some change in coverage. Zones have appeared to be tighter but to be honest on defense I've been concentrating more on Pressure, (lack of) and the types of rushes being brought mroe than coverage schemes.

    Solid posting, Camo. Sucks that all my Article ideas continuie to disappear but whatev
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