Steelers News: Fisher, Shazier, sacks


The Steelers are coming fresh off of their first win of the season in their home opener against the San Francisco 49ers. While they set their sights on the St. Louis Rams we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Friday, Sept. 25th.

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Steelers going for two

Rams coach Jeff Fisher spoke to the Steelers’ Teresa Varley about the upcoming matchup against Pittsburgh. Among other things Fisher discussed the Steelers and their trend-setting ways of taking advantage of going for two-point conversions often and early this season.

"“I’m impressed. Obviously they have two-point plays that are working. Obviously we are going to have to spend a lot of time on it. That’s Mike Tomlin’s choice. It has certainly worked out for them. I think we will see more and more of this as the season goes on. I am really impressed with the overall team. Having not played the Steelers in a few years, but I’ve watched them, had some overlap as far as games are concerned. But once you really study them, they are a complete football team. They are outstandingly coached. Ben Roethlisberger is playing really well. They have a good group of players all around them that make a lot of plays. Their run game is impressive. I know Le’Veon Bell is coming back. So he will be eager to make a statement. We are going to have to play good defense and just make plays. But I am very impressed with the team overall.” – Jeff Fisher"

Just what we had in mind

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler explains that the Ryan Shazier we saw against the 49ers last week with 15 tackles a forced fumble and a sack, is just what the Steelers had in mind when they drafted him last year.

He may not always have that kind of production every game but his athleticism and instincts combined with being able to roam free in the middle of the field can combine for those kind of performances. And he’ll only gain more confidence and a feel for making plays after games like that.

Are the sacks back?

There are two things that have been missing from the Steelers defense for the past few years; sacks and takeaways. The Trib’s Mark Kaboly reminds us that while it is only two game into the season the Steelers are seemingly back on track as far as getting after the quarterback.

The Steelers are tied for fourth in the NFL with seven total sacks, their highest sack total after two games since 2008. It is early, but it’s a damn fine start, I’d say.

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