Steelers Haden gets exposed
The Steelers secondary has been an up and down unit so far this year. When the pass rush is at full strength, this group can succeed, but the lack of athleticism is beginning to show. Joe Haden, in particular, has gotten progressively worse as the season has gone on. With James Pierre starting to step up and Cameron Sutton holding his own, Haden is quickly becoming the weak link of this secondary group.
Haden has continued struggle against the deep pass, but that isn’t anything new. What is concerning is his general coverage skills and tackling abilities. Both skills seem to be declining this year. He is allowing a quarterback rating of 121.7 when targeted and has already missed close to 20 percent of his attempted tackles.
With the Seahawks still possessing some major deep threats on their offense, Haden will have his hands full this week. He needs to get back into a groove and play better in the secondary. If not, he could realistically start to see more time on the bench moving forward. Unfortunately, I don’t think things get better for Haden. His age is really starting to limit him, and it shows during his recent play.