Sunday, September 09, 2007

What to look for in Cleveland

The Steelers will show off a different variation of their nickel defense today against Cleveland.

Watch for safeties Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu to come up and play the outside receivers at the line of scrimmage, with the corners shifting deep. The Steelers apparently want to be more physical with Braylon Edwards and Joe Jurevicius at the line of scrimmage and feel this is the best way to do so. Plus, when Kellen Winslow shifts wide, it's not the physical mismatch it would be with a corner.

Carey Davis will be a factor at fullback, particularly in the passing game. Look for Davis to catch three or four dump offs today.

3 comments:

adamg said...

Against teams like Baltimore that have very good defenses, Arians will not be able to get away with a 1 back offense. They will simply ignore the run and bring 2 or 3 more blitzers than the Steelers can block. BR will be running for his life.

Dale Lolley said...

Different game plans for different teams.

adamg said...

Isn't that what I said?