Steelers coordinators vent about Patriots loss, improvements needed for Seahawks | TribLIVE.com
Breakfast With Benz

Steelers coordinators vent about Patriots loss, improvements needed for Seahawks

Tim Benz
1669189_web1_ptr-benzpodcast-091419
AP
Steelers coordinators Randy Fichtner (left) and Keith Butler had little to be happy with after the Steelers’ 33-3 season-opening loss to the Patriots.

It’s our final “Breakfast With Benz” podcast before the Steelers play the Seattle Seahawks in the Heinz Field season opener.

So I thought it’d be a good idea to hear from both coordinators in advance of the game.

Defensive coordinator Keith Butler speaks first. He remains on edge after the loss in New England. You are going to hear four “dadgum” drops, a “crap,” and a “freakin’.”

Frankly, given that his defense yielded 33 points in Foxborough, I expected more.


He’s still fired up about players getting picked last week by the Patriots, poor communication by his own club and not biting on play-action.

Meanwhile, Randy Fichtner isn’t exactly sunny either following a paltry three-point effort from his unit against the Patriots.

Fichtner addresses some pretty specific woes, all of which I echo.

The team needs to target Vance McDonald more. His players need to win more one-on-one battles at every level of the field. And Fichtner needs to be more committed to the running game while also sending in smarter run plays.

Aside from all that, the Steelers were great on both sides of the ball last time out, weren’t they?

Listen to what both Butler and Fichtner have to say about fixing these problems going into Sunday’s tilt against the Seahawks.

LISTEN: Steelers coordinators vent about Patriots loss, look to Week 2

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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.