I took a “bye” yesterday morning to go down to see that giant duck everyone was talking about. It’s a big friggin duck. I guess it’s the kind of thing you do on a bye week. My plans today will include plenty of the Red Zone channel. I don’t know if you guys have discovered this or not but it’s glorious. Lots of football and only the best parts. So those are my bye week plans; here’s what’s being said about your Pittsburgh Steelers around the block on the bye.
Steelers poor run-defense
The one thing that keeps sticking out about the Steelers defense this year is how they have yet to force a single turnover in the first four games. That and the fact that they’re getting to the quarterback pretty infrequently for our taste as well. Did you guys know they are also equally crappy at the run defense as well? I’m sure you can tell by just watching but as Ray Fittipaldo of the PPG points out, the run defense hasn’t been this bad in quite a while. After the 2013 season’s first quarter the Steelers rank 29th in run defense out of 32 teams. Guess there’s no “top ranked defense on paper” going on this season. The beauty of the Dick LeBeau Steeler defense for so long was that it’s designed to stop the run and prevent big plays. Unfortunately neither is happening right now for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers defense is giving up big plays in the form of runs and that’s not sitting well with the members of the defense.
“It could be those big runs. It could be other issues. We have to get more guys to the ball. We have to play better technique. As a defense, we just have to make sure we get back in the lab and correct those things, so they don’t happen again.” – Steve McLendon
Breakdown of Levi Brown
Alex Kozora of the Steelers Depot website broke down the game tape for newly acquired Steelers offensive lineman Alex Brown in his final game with his previous team, the Arizona Cardinals. The final assessment was overall positive because while there hasn’t been much that Brown has put on tape to be overwhelmingly impressed about, the cost of the trade along with the pick acquired in it made him a low risk trade.
Concussion book focuses on former Steeler and HOFer Mike Webster
Scott Brown of ESPN reports how the new book detailing some of the dangerous allegations on how the NFL covered up knowledge regarding the damaging effects of brain injuries discusses a former Steelers legend. In the book written by ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. “League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth” Van Natta describes how former Steelers center Mike Webster, who was determined to have CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) following his death, had acquired a large arsenal of weapons and had considered going after NFL officials with them. The book puts the concussion debate back into rotation since the league settled the lawsuit with former players for an estimated $760 million.