Steelers notebook: Cutting down turnovers, sacks hasn't led to victories
The Steelers were badly troubled by sacks (15) and turnovers (11) while going 0-4, two problems that have lessened as the season has progressed.
“That hasn't been without obstacles, injuries and significant lineup changes, so we've been able to overcome a bunch of that and continue to make progress,” offensive coordinator Todd Haley said. “It hasn't translated to wins, which this is all about, but I think there's been enough increase in production in most areas to feel good about what the guys are doing.”
Since their winless start, the Steelers have eight turnovers and 25 sacks allowed in nine games.
• When Jason Worilds lines up on the left side, his pass rushing productivity of 12.7 is the fourth-best among NFL 3-4 outside linebackers with at least 100 pass rushes, according to Pro Football Focus' grading system. When he lines up on the right side, his 8.6 rating is below average.
• Tackling skills appear to be eroding in the NFL, and the lack of in-season contact work during practice often is blamed. But, according to defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, there might be another reason. “With all these spread offenses … they're all speed and skill guys, and everybody that touches the ball — sometimes it makes it look you're not trying to tackle him,” he said. “(But) I'm not trying to make excuses.”
• Ike Taylor said the Steelers defensive players talk constantly about the 11 plays of 50 yards or more they've allowed — two fewer than the other three AFC North teams combined. “It's just one of those years,” he said. “We don't like it. It's new territory. I really can't explain it. It's just happening. … I think two years ago we had only two big plays.”
• Wide receiver Antonio Brown on why the Steelers are 5-8: “When you're saying if and would've and could've, those are things that don't (translate) into winning. We've got to be better.”
• Upon further review, the NFL's official statisticians, Elias, did not award Ben Roethlisberger his first career catch for positive yardage Sunday. He was given 5 receiving yards for his role in the final-play lateral, but because there can be only one catch per play, he was not credited with a reception. He had one for minus-7 yards on a deflected pass in 2008.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers’ Harrison eyes stretch run
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin ends practice with third-down work
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin not grooming successor to RB Williams
- Steelers kicker Boswell puts best foot forward
- Rookie linebacker Chickillo adjusting to role with Steelers
- Steelers not giving up on wresting AFC North from Bengals
- Steelers notebook: Players get back to work after bye
- Analysis: Despite injuries, Steelers well-positioned entering stretch run
- Steelers defense has taken to adjustments made by Butler
- Steelers’ Nix embraces unassuming role