Steelers Vs Browns Week 11 Defensive Charting Notes

Notes from our charting in Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns.

Out of 66 plays.

– The Browns ran only 18 plays in the first half. Just six in the second quarter.

– The Steelers were in their base defense 21.2% of the time, 14 of 66 snaps. They were in nickel for over 75% of the time with two goal line snaps wrapping up the rest.

Keith Butler sent 5 or 6 rushes an astounding 22 times on 56 opportunities, a whopping 39.2% of the time. I believe that’s the most this season.

He blitzed 34 times, 60.7%. He blitzed more this year than he did against the Browns in Week 17 last year when he blitzed *just* 54.1% of the time.

Ryan Shazier blitzed on 26 of those 34 times. A defensive back was only sent on two plays. One of those went for a touchdown, the other for a gain of 20.

– The Steelers had 13 pressures on Cleveland Sunday. Eight of those ended in sacks. That’s a good ratio.

– Shazier led the way with three pressures.

EDIT: Stephon Tuitt led them in pressure with 3.5

Ross Cockrell had a rough day Sunday. Targeted five times, gave up three catches for 77 yards.

– Of the Steelers’ 14 snaps in their 3-4 front, they ran that “over” look, on half of them. Even their 3-4 isn’t really that conventional anymore.

– Stephon Tuitt’s consecutive snap streak ended Sunday at 190 straight.

– 15 of L.T. Walton’s 22 snaps came in the fourth quarter. 12 of them on Cleveland’s final drive.

Bud Dupree played just one snap, a 3rd and 21 snap late in the first half. He lined up with his hand down on the left side.

Anthony Chickillo starting to drop more and more into coverage. 25% of the time Sunday. Getting more comfortable, seeing an obvious expanded role.

– Shazier and Lawrence Timmons lined up at OLB a total of 16 times.

– Before the Browns’ final drive, Jarvis Jones saw just 16 total snaps.

Robert Golden played only four snaps. Two on the goal line, two filling in briefly for Mike Mitchell.

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