Steelers Vs Eagles Sack Breakdown

Back to breakdown the quartet of sacks the Pittsburgh Steelers gave up in their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

1. :39 3rd, 2nd and 4. Steelers in 11 personnel vs a four man rush.

Attempted screen left to Daryl Richardson but the pressure is too immediate and Dustin Vaughan goes down. Chris Hubbard kept his eyes inside and looked to the RDE too late, letting him dip past.


Usually, the screen-side tackle is going to block the end like normally or set and club him upfield before peeling off into the flat to block for the screen. That club is usually enough to knock the end off balanced and send him upfield long enough for the screen to be thrown.

But Hubbard does neither and by the time he works to the end, he’s a couple steps ahead and easily dips past.


And down goes Vaughan. Too bad too because there could have been some serious yards gained on this play.


And your GIF of it.

Blame: Chris Hubbard

2. 7:02 4th, 3rd and 6. 11 personnel. Five block + RB check/release against a four man rush.

Coupe of issues here. Cole Manhart is unable to slide and stay in front of the DT ripping underneath him.


B.J. Finney also has some problems. His punch might be a little early and the defender is able to attack his chest. The punch knocks his inside foot off the ground, distributing all the weight on his outer foot, and softening up Finney’s inside shoulder. Unable to take a flat, inside power step.


The defender runs through him and has an interior lane to the quarterback, the last thing you want to give up as an offensive linemen.


Both guards at fault here.


Blame: Cole Manhart, B.J. Finney

3. 5:14 4th, 2nd and 3. 11 perssonel, 5 block against a four man rush.

Looks like right tackle Matt Feiler opens the gate too early instead of meeting the end at an angle. His punch is late and the RDE bull rushes him, getting into his pads and walking him back. No longer in control, Feiler can’t do much and the end is able to shed him.


That creates the initial pressure, forcing Vaughan to climb. Finney does have problems seeing this stunt and picking it up but it’s the pressure Feiler allowed that makes Vaughan have to keep climbing and letting the other defenders have an easy path.

Vaughan was looking to hit Brandon Brown-Dukes on his checkdown but with defenders to his right side, and Vaughan a right-handed quarterback, it was too risky to try and wind up.


Another sack.

Blame: Matt Feiler

4. 1:57 4th, 2nd and 3. 11 personnel vs 5 block + TE check/release against a four man rush.

Whew. This one seems to have a lot of components to it. You can really assign blame to a pair of areas. The receivers, and the quarterback. Let’s break each down.

Receivers: The Steelers are basically running a split dig concept with Issac Blakeney running a deep dig and Demarcus Ayers running vertically, stemming his route into a post because of the two-deep shell the Eagles’ present (MOF open = post).


Ayers is fine and though Blakeney is slowing down on his dig, he’s drifting towards the far side linebacker. I’d prefer him to sit down, square up, and work towards the football on any throw. Those extra steps towards the next defender, the next zone of the defense, may have made Vaughan hesitant.


The other issue stems from the back, Brown-Dukes. He has to make himself a checkdown option much quicker. He attempts to shove the defensive end before releasing into his pattern but Paul Lang has already down that off the line of scrimmage, and a pretty good chip I might add. The end is already well inside and taken care of. Brown-Dukes winds up chasing it. I appreciate the attention of detail and doing what you’re generally coached but on the fly, in this specific play, there’s no need to find the end.




Quarterback: Vaughan has about 3.9 seconds from snap to sack. A lifetime in the league. Though his receivers didn’t do the best job here, Vaughan has to rip this throw. Ayers might have a chance on the post. You could still argue that a strong throw can get to Blakeney before the linebacker can. Vaughan has an arm, he’s gotta make a quick decision and fling a pass into an uncomfortable window. It isn’t reckless, it’s the NFL.

He seemed to feel some pressure, maybe a byproduct of getting sacked three times already, and dips his shoulder and momentarily loses his base, forcing him to reset (as shown in the above picture) He doesn’t pay much attention to anything underneath, just the split-dig and fails to peel the trigger. This is 2nd and 3 and even though time is limited, the checkdown is the profitable throw. Better than a sack.


And so down he goes, probably the play where he fractured his right thumb.

Blame: Receivers, Dustin Vaughan

Sack Counter (Game)

Chris Hubbard: 1
Matt Feiler: 1
B.J. Finney: .5
Cole Manhart: .5
Dustin Vaughan: .5
Receivers: .5

Penalty Counter (Game)

Cody Wallace: 1

Sack Counter (Preseason)

Chris Hubbard: 3.5
Matt Feiler: 1
Alejandro Villanueva: 1
Dustin Vaughan: 1
B.J. Finney: .5
Cole Manhart: .5
Receivers: .5

Penalty Counter (Preseason):

Jerald Hawkins: 1
Chris Hubbard: 1
Valerian Ume-Ezeoke: 1
Alejandro Villanueva: 1
Cody Wallace: 1

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