Stopping the run: The Steelers’ protection entered the 2020 season eager to defend the run extra persistently and was capable of accomplish that aim, for starters.
It got here all the way down to what they had been doing and the way properly they had been doing it on Monday night time towards the New York Giants and working again Saquon Barkley.
“Somewhat little bit of each,” defensive deal with and defensive co-captain Cam Heyward defined right now. “We did some totally different defenses and introduced extra folks into the field for Saquon, however I feel our DBs performed a heck of a recreation.”
Barkley was restricted to 6 yards dashing on 15 carries, a zero.four common.
Greater than half of his makes an attempt (eight) led to a deal with for a loss.
Heyward credited the defensive backs for dealing with the one-on-one protection assignments that allowed the Steelers to load up the field towards Barkley, and in addition for coming down and doing their half towards the run.
“There are stuff you see on the sphere that do not even rely into the stats,” Heyward maintained. “Whether or not it is (cornerback) Joe Haden being within the field and ensuring he fills his hole or (free security) Minkah (Fitzpatrick) coming down and stopping a 5-yard acquire, we wanted all these.
“I assumed we did a great job of not letting the working again get began.”
It was certainly a workforce effort.
Six gamers confirmed up on the play-by-play account of the Steelers’ 26-16 victory at MetLife Stadium as having contributed not less than half of a deal with for a loss to the trigger – inside linebacker Vince Williams, sturdy security Terrell Edmunds, outdoors linebacker Ola Adeniyi, outdoors linebacker Bud Dupree, nostril deal with Tyson Alualu and outdoors linebacker T.J. Watt. Williams, Dupree and Alualu had been in on two such stops.
On the comparatively uncommon events when Barkley made it previous the road of scrimmage, Edmunds, Alualu, outdoors linebacker Alex Highsmith, Fitzpatrick, Heyward, defensive finish Isaiah Buggs and Dupree took half in taking Barkley to the bottom.
Barkley had one carry within the recreation’s remaining 14:19, which performed out after Chris Boswell’s 36-yard discipline aim had given the Steelers a 19-10 lead.
It was a job properly accomplished, however one other job awaits.
“That week’s behind us,” Heyward emphasised. “We’ve got new challenges, a distinct beast to beat. If we’re not cautious we’re not going handle our enterprise.
“Week in and week out we have got to come back able to play, cease this run.”
Complicating that job towards the Broncos would be the presence of former Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak on head coach Vic Fangio’s employees in Denver.
“‘Munch’ is the last word spy proper now,” Heyward assessed. “He is damaged down our protection greater than some other offensive coordinator or O-line coach has.
“He’ll put his offense in a great place, whether or not it is combo-blocking, making an attempt to get the strain off so he does quite a lot of play-actions and boots (bootlegs) to fight that.
“We have got to ensure we keep in our gaps. I feel ‘Munch’s’ offenses have all the time been superb once they can get D-linemen and outdoors linebackers out of their gaps, and so they can simply get to the second stage. We acquired to ensure now we have a disciplined protection that runs and hits.”
Regardless of the specifics of this week’s specific plan.