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Steelers 2017/18 hold the best defense against tight ends. Why?

Discussion in 'Steelers Talk' started by Nodlih, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. Nodlih

    Nodlih New Member

    Jun 11, 2018
    In Football Outsiders DVOA Ranking, the Steelers hold the best defense against tight ends.

    In your opinion, what characteristics (players, tactics, schemes, etc ...) made this possible?

    Note: The DVOA ranking takes into account the opponents and the league average. Therefore, the quality of TE faced is already considered.
  2. Thigpen82


    Oct 17, 2011
    Interesting stat.
    I’m stumped for an answer.

    Butlers schemes may have taken out the seam routes where TEs would kill us before? Moving away from zone blitzes etc.

    Sean Davis wasn’t as bad as we thought?

    Sean Davis was worse, and teams didn’t need TE yardage because they could find receivers deep?

    Shazier and general has increase in speed negates the TEs getting as open?
  3. Watt Wack

    Watt Wack Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2017
    Ummm we faced like 7 third string QBs?
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  4. thorn058

    thorn058 Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Played Ravens twice and Max Williams isn't impressive.

    Played Browns twice Nijkou was a rookie with a rookie QB, non factor.

    Played Bengal Twice, Eifert was a no show

    4 gms against NFC north. Ebron, Rudolph, and hurt Aarons Rodgers meant no big TE plays. The Bears used blocking TE's and ran the ball.

    Of the six remaining two of them are worth noting. Gronk and Kelce.The Texans and Jags didn't utilize them and the Titans were held in check.
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  5. bigbenhotness

    bigbenhotness Well-Known Member

    Nov 1, 2014
    Tired of this lol seems like they kill us anyways. Rather just face the best
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  6. Thigpen82


    Oct 17, 2011
    In which case we’d do amazingly against receivers as well. The point was why we did well against TEs in particular. You could even argue that a backup QB is more likely to look to the TE than a starter.

    Thorn’s answer looks convincing but the OP did say the stats accounted for calibre...

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