3 things we learned from Steelers loss against the Green Bay Packers
By Eric Hassel
The Steelers secondary is giving up big plays at an alarming rate
Whether it’s the call, the players either being out of position or not being able to cover or whatever else is going on, the Steelers secondary is a liability right now. The defense allowed a sixty-percent conversion rate against the Packers. It’s no wonder we lost.
Pass rush and coverage go hand in hand. If the pass rush doesn’t get there, the coverage, by default, must hold up. It did not today and has not during our three-game losing streak. If that trend continues, we may not win another game this season. Obviously, I hope that’s not the case.
The ‘D’ was able to sack the opposing QB three times; however, we just could not get off the field on critical third downs. So when I said the secondary is giving up big plays, here’s what I mean by that: According to ESPN, the Steelers gave up an average of six yards per pass attempt.
While that is not all on the secondary, it is a product of who we have on the field, the play call, and the seeming inability to be able to cover man to man. What I cannot wrap my head around was the fact that we trot out the same players on crucial third downs who were on the field when the previous third down was converted via the air. How about we try someone else?
Let’s take a look at the third thing we learned.