Game Rewind: Steelers Vs Dolphins

If you’re able to handle it again, notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 30-15 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

First Half

– Kick return unit. Front five: Sean Davis-L.J. Fort-Steven Johnson-Anthony Chickillo-Tyler Matakevich. Jordan Dangerfield behind. David Johnson/Javon Hargrave/Xavier Grimble as the wedge and Justin Gilbert/Fitzgerald Toussaint the return men.

– Punt coverage. Darrius Heyward-Bey and Gilbert the gunners. Jordan Dangerfield and Sean Davis the wings with Robert Golden returning to his spot as the upback. On the line: Vince Williams-Steven Johnson-Greg Warren-Tyler Matakevich-Anthony Chickillo

– Hargrave false step, out of position for his run fill on this zone run.



– Motion DHB between guard and tackle, serves as a lead blocker with Roosevelt Nix. Nice design.


– Kick coverage from left to right: Gilbert-Dangerfield-Fitzgerald Toussaint-Steven Johnson-Chris Boswell-Matakevich-Chickillo-Roosevelt Nix-DHB-Artie Burns

– Punt return: Gilbert and Burns the jammers. Toussaint-Dangerfield-Chickillo-Johnson-Matakevich-L.J. Fort-Xavier Grimble-Matakevich.

Alejandro Villanueva at his best when he is the aggressor in pass protection. Makes initial contact, gets in control.


– Big double team here with Chris Hubbard to open a lane for Le’Veon Bell.


– CB blitz forces the ball out hot or else this would’ve been a big gainer to Bell.


– Nice flow and fill be Vince Williams. One of the few good run stops of the day.


– Can’t let the Dolphins complete this pass with the overhang defender and cornerback bracketing. Blah.


– New look from the Steelers. Two three techs. But it allows the center a free release to combo the LDE and the RT to the LOLB. Predictably, no push at the LOS.

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– Great work by James Harrison to cross the tight end’s face and crash in from the backside to make the stop.

Ross Cockrell playing the pocket really well. Breakup. Been strong in coverage. Against the run? Meh.


– I don’t know what this nonsense is. One tech to the weakside, A gap wide open on the Dolphins’ TD. FB dive. Awful.


– Gilbert made two players miss on his kick return right before the end of the half.

Second Half

– No flat defender here. Incomplete? PIC!?

– Nice penetration by Ricardo Mathews. Forced the cutback.


– The left DE, Mario Williams, unblocked and blows up this entire pin/pull run. Big breakdown.


– Steelers adjusted to the problem they had with their two three techs. Moved Lawrence Timmons directly over center so he couldn’t have a free release. Seemed to help. Good adjustment.

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– Ben Roethlisberger forcing this throw to Brown, who has no space and is clearly covered, and misses an open Eli Rogers. Rough day.


– Tyler Matakevich with vision, ability to shed, and make the tackle. Really sound tackler and it was an impressive performance in that regard.

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– Hargrave lined up as a cocked nose and able to get penetration to force a cutback. Rallies, good effort, and makes the tackle.

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