Bag Breakdown: Steelers vs. Titans


Breaking the three sacks allowed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in their Week 15 win over the Tennessee Titans.

1st and 9th, 6:55 1st. 11 people. Six blocks against five rushes.

RPO failed on the gun. Ben Roethlisberger shoots the ball at the mesh point and wants to hit Ray-Ray McCloud up into the slot. But it is well defended by the security which turns down to replace the nickel blitz. The corner is free to rush Roethlisberger and Ben doesn’t have many options left, although he might have been able to hit Diontae Johnson from the oblique.

Up front the blockage is just as bad and both DTs have burst. Roethlisberger is dead to rights and dejected. It’s just a mess all around. But it’s clear Roethlisberger’s post-snap photo is different from what he thought he got before the snap. He had to hang on to the ball because of it and soak up the sack. I probably should have put it back on, but to be honest this piece wasn’t going anywhere no matter what it did.

Blame: Ben roethlisberger

2. 1st and 10, 11:26 3rd. 12 people. Play the action. Six blocks against four rushes.

The Steelers try to sell some gaming action here, but skew the grab and shoot RG Trai Turner to sway LBs and Securities. They are not fooled. Turner is asked to shoot and reach EDGE Bud Dupree, a difficult task made even more difficult by Kendrick Green losing ground on the snap and hitting Turner, slowing him down. Pittsburgh tries to use the game action and the movement of the Chase Claypool throw to hold and freeze Dupree, but it doesn’t work.

Dupree runs free, Turner unable to reach him, detonates Najee Harris and sacks Ben Roethlisberger before he can even turn around. The Steelers don’t use play action for a very good reason. They are bad at it. This is proof of why.

Blame is trickier. There are layers. Turner can’t perform the block, Green pushes him around and the scheme is not good. That’s asking a lot of Turner. I put this on Canada just for a bad ploy and ask a goalie who can’t really shoot to face Bud Dupree on the wire. I know they tried to keep it with Claypool, but the appearance on paper can be quite different once you put names on the X’s and O’s.

Blame: Scheme

3. 3rd and 5th, 8:11 4th. 11 people. Five blocks + RB check / release against four rushes.

The last. Like the Minnesota Vikings did, the Tennessee Titans “pack” the two A-spreads with their ILBs before bailing them both off the snap and bringing in just four. The line forms a good pocket for Roethlisberger, who tries to step up and shoot towards Zach Gentry who runs behind the linebacker against a look from two heights. It’s a tighter shot, but there is real estate here.

But Roethlisberger runs into a sack, getting into the race and the pressure as Trai Turner’s man knocks Roethlisberger down. Roethlisberger could have stayed in the pocket, made a hitch and made the throw. But he’s trying to find a cleaner path and instead he’s just found the pressure.

Blame: Ben roethlisberger

Distribution of bags (Game)

Ben Roethlisberger: 2
Diagram: 1

Breakdown of penalties (game)

Tray Turner: 2
Chukwuma Okorafor: 1

Distribution of bags (season)

Dan Moore Jr .: 7
Track turner: 5
Ben Roethlisberger: 5
Coverage / Pattern: 4
Joe Haeg: 3
Kendrick Green: 2.5
Wide receivers: 1.5
Zach Gentry: 1
Kevin Dotson: 1
Chukwuma Okorafor: 1
Chase Claypool: 1
Najee Harris: 1

Breakdown of penalties (season)

Chukwuma Okorafor: 7
Kevin Dotson: 5
Kendrick Green: 5
Track turner: 5
Dan Moore Jr .: 2
John Leglue: 2


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