Game Rewind: Steelers Vs Broncos Game Notes

Your final game notes of the 2015 season. Abridged version because quite frankly, I don’t think you’re too terribly interested in relieving it.

First Half

– Kick return. Front five: Arthur MoatsSean SpenceVince WilliamsTerence GarvinShamarko Thomas. Robert Golden behind them. Jesse James/Matt Spaeth/Anthony Chickillo on the wedge. Fitzgerald Toussaint served as Markus Wheaton’s upback.

– Great contain by Stephon Tuitt and Bud Dupree. Too bad Jarvis Jones loses backside contain, allowing the back to cross his face and cut back.


– Fold block by Marcus Gilbert and David DeCastro.


– Another look at Ben Roethlisberger having Heath Miller open on the 4th and 1 vertical shot to Wheaton.


– PR team. Shamarko Thomas and Darrius Heyward-Bey as the gunners though on the first punt return, Danny Smith put in a wrinkle, he had them blitz with Antwon Blake and Ross Ventrone bailing to act as the gunners.

On the line. Chickillo, Garvin, Dupree, Golden, Williams, L.J. Fort.

– Punt coverage. Shark and Ventrone started at gunner but Ventrone – for reasons that aren’t clear – was pulled for DHB after the first one. Will Allen and Spaeth the wings. Golden the upback. On the line: Williams, Garvin, Greg Warren, Chickillo, Spence. Moats started but Chickillo replaced him when Moats injured his pectoral.

– Great flow and ability to shed the tackle by Stephon Tuitt.

– Steelers got creative with their blocking schemes against a Broncos’ team that is tough to run on straight up. Arc block by Heath Miller on Martavis Bryant’s end around and here, they use motion to get DHB as a lead blocker through the hole for a 15 yard gain.


Doug Legursky came in on Toussaint’s TD. The old Bronco package returns.

– Kick coverage unit from left to right. Shark-Golden-Ventrone-Garvin-Williams-Chris Boswell-Spence-Chickillo-Fort-Brandon Boykin-DHB

– Here’s a shot of DeCastro shoving the very talented Derek Wolfe down the line. Not many can do it.


Alejandro Villanueva walked back into Roethlisberger.


– Steelers used a lot of four man pressure, blitzes and standard rushes with a stunt, to create pressure. Nice gameplan by Keith Butler.

– Martavis Bryant definitely could’ve gotten the first down if he cut inside on this end around.


Second Half

– Stephon Tuitt and James Harrison defeat their blocks, stuff the run at the line.

Lawrence Timmons didn’t have a great game against the run. Sealed here and there’s no run fill.


– Harrison versus a running back? Yeah, Deebo is going to win that one every time. Sacks Peyton Manning.


– Ventrone did replace Moats along the front line on kick return units. Not that the Steelers ever actually were able to return one.

– Good pass pro from Fitzgerald Toussaint to pick up this blitz.


– Chickillo not square to the line on this punt and in a bad mismatch with Derek Wolfe, who blows right past and nearly blocks the Jordan Berry punt.


Todd Haley finally worked off the bubble screen, faking it and throwing vertical to Jesse James for 22. Too little, too late.

– Defensive line has to stay on their feet on these zone runs.


– Nice job by Bud Dupree to keep his outside arm free, get off the block, and make the block.


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