Pittsburgh Steelers: The Verdict…It’s Not Just The Offense, Either

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Published: October 2, 2009

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... on the defensive side of the ball. My contention was, that while defensive performance has decreased somewhat from last season, the offense needs to make up the difference, but has been woefully unable to do so. 

That being said, I now counterbalance that argument by saying that the lackluster results by the Steelers so far this season are not solely the fault of the offense. The defense has responsibility as well, with, or without Troy Polamalu being in the lineup. 

Questions: 

  •  On third down, and two yards to go for Cincinnati, why are the Steelers cornerbacks playing 8-10 yards away from the line of scrimmage? 
  • On fourth down, and 10 yards to go for Cincinnati, why is James Farrior even on the field, and Lawrence Timmons is not?  
  • With quarterbacks taking three, or four step drops, and releasing the football quickly, why is there little, or no pressure up the middle to disrupt the quarterback, or to prevent him f...

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