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Mar 20th 2019 at 1:12 AM
Steelers have made a number of new additions to their coaching staff this offseason [url=http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-david-decastro-jersey]David DeCastro Jersey[/url] , there is still no team in the NFL with fewer dedicated position coaches on their roster heading into 2019. With just 12 coaches responsible for a specific position group on offense, defense and special teams combined, they lag far behind teams like the Philadelphia Eagles who have 11 coaches signed to the offensive side of the ball alone and others like the San Francisco 49ers who have as many as 22 coaches overall. Barring a change of heart in the coming months, Pittsburgh will be one of only four teams without a dedicated quarterbacks next season. Just like the New England Patriots, New York Jets and New York Giants, the Steelers will once again combine the role with the responsibilities of the offensive coordinator for the second year in a row. With just six coaches listed on the team’s official website on offense, Pittsburgh continues to buck a league-wide trend that has seen a number of franchises add several specialist coaches focusing on specific aspects of the game. While the Giants and Green Bay Packers have only seven offensive coaches, the majority of teams in the NFL have eight or nine, with the Eagles and 49ers carrying 11.Comparing Pittsburgh with Philadelphia shows two teams with distinctly different offensive philosophies when it come to their coaching staff.Steelers:Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks – Randy FichtnerRunning backs – Eddie FaulknerWide receivers – Darryl DrakeTight ends – James DanielOffensive line – Shaun SarrettAssistant offensive line – Adrian KlemmEagles:Offensive coordinator – Mike GrohQuarterbacks – Press TaylorAssistant head coach/Running backs – Duce StaleyWide receivers – Carson WalchTight ends – Justin PeelleOffensive line/Run game coordinator – Jeff StoutlandAssistant offensive line – Roy IstvanOffensive Assistant- GJ KinneOffensive quality control/Assistant quarterbacks – Spencer PhillipsOffensive quality control/Assistant running backs – Trent MilesOffensive quality control/Assistant offensive line – T.J. PaganettiAlong with the Detroit Lions and the Miami Dolphins [url=http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-javon-hargrave-jersey]Authentic Javon Hargrave Jersey[/url] , the Steelers are the only other team in the league to have just five dedicated position coaches on defense, with most having an average of seven. The Cleveland Browns lead the NFL with nine. If not for the appointment of Teryl Austin to the newly created position of senior defensive assistant/secondary coach, Pittsburgh would be even further behind. Aside from the Dallas Cowboys, who have combined the role of defensive coordinator with defensive line coach, and the Atlanta Falcons where the head coach is also listed as the defensive coordinator, the Steelers are the only other team in the league who have combined the role with another job.Comparing the Steeles with the Browns highlights an obvious difference in the way these two team coach their respective defenses. Steelers:Defensive coordinator/outside linebackers – Keith ButlerDefensive line – Karl DunbarInside linebackers – Jerry OlsavskyDefensive backs – Tom BradleySenior defensive assistant/secondary – Teryl AustinBrowns:Defensive coordinator – Steve WilksDefensive line – Tosh LupoiAssistant defensive line – John ParrellaLinebackers/run game coordinator – Al HolcombSecondary/pass game coordinator – Joe Whitt Jr.Defensive backs – DeWayne WalkerSenior defensive assistant – Chris JonesDefensive quality control – Deuce SchwartzDefensive quality control - Alonso EscalanteWhen it comes to special teams, it should come as no surprise to learn that Pittsburgh is one of only six teams that has elected to have just one coach responsible for this group, while most clubs have two and a handful have three. With no salary cap for coaches, there is no limit to the size of the staff a team can have and it would appear that the Steelers simply favor having less voices involved. It should also be noted that Pittsburgh lists three relatively inexperienced coaching assistants with nonspecific responsibilities on the roster as well.Blaine Stewart works with the offense and is the son of the man that gave Mike Tomlin his first job in coaching [url=http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-sean-davis-jersey]Youth Sean Davis Jersey[/url] , a move he reciprocated with the hiring of Stewart in 2018, while Matt Symmes might be the closest thing the Steelers have to a quarterbacks coach. A graduate assistant at the University of South Carolina working with quarterbacks before arriving in Pittsburgh last year. Former scouting intern Denzel Martin joined the Steelers in 2016 and was made a coaching assistant in 2018. As a former linebacker with the University of Missouri, Martin works on defense, but with no specific role attached to his name. And while former defensive line coach John Mitchell remains with the team as the assistant head coach, his duties no longer include coaching players.After the Steelers, the Lions and the Dolphins have the next smallest coaching staff with just 15 dedicated coaches each, but there appears to be little correlation between successful teams and the size of their staff. The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams both had 17 in total last season, with New England traditionally carrying less staff than most around the league, while the 49ers did little with the 22 helping them. That being said [url=http://www.steelerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-james-conner-jersey]Cheap James Conner Jersey[/url] , no team will be trying to do more with less coaching help than Pittsburgh in 2019 and some might question how wise that strategy is.Steelers Report Card: Grading Pittsburgh’s defense for the first quarter of 2018 As I’ve stated all along, I’m not a football coach or a teacher, but I play one in blogs and podcasts. Each week of the 2018 exhibition and regular season, I’ve graded the efforts of the Black-and-gold via “the eye test”. Grading games is an extremely difficult and somewhat thankless task. While the coaches’ grades, of course, are what count the most, the media and fans can’t help but evaluate as well. So you, the reader, get to vote as well. You even get to grade the grader in the comments section.So let’s take a look at BTSC’s perceptions of the season’s first quarter defense:DefenseThe Steelers’ defense is ranked 30th in the league in total yarda allowed and 26th with a 29-points per game (ppg) average through four contests. This unit is 29th against the pass and tied for 22nd against the run. It may be the worst start on defense ever.Despite the first half explosion against Tampa in Week 3 [url=http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jordan-berry-jersey]http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jordan-berry-jersey[/url] , Keith Butler’s crew has imploded in a blaze of mediocrity. Mediocrity is actually too kind. While there may never truly have been a good solution available, the organization never fully found a way to recover from the loss of Ryan Shazier to the lineup. But the scheme is terrible and outdated. It starts with starting from scratch on paper. It also starts with a new coordinator and Mike Tomlin excusing himself from coaching the defense as well.The defensive line seemed like it was going to be the strength of the unit. But the lack of pressure up front is giving quarterbacks plenty of time to pick apart the secondary. With pressure against Tampa, the defense looked a lot better. However the scheme is not allowing these guys the leeway to rush and also keeping a healthy Cam Heyward on the sidelines in favor of Tyson Alualu in a lot of situations is poor use of personnel. The Steelers have only four sacks from the defensive line, Stephon Tuitt has zero.T.J. Watt exploded out of the gate in Week One with three sacks, but has been virtually nonexistent since. Bud Dupree has three as well and a pick six, but he still has a tendency to overrun the quarterback. Vince Williams, who is now injured, has been stable with 29 tackles. But the most consistent play from the linebacking unit has been from the newcomer, Jon Bostic [url=http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-alejandro-villanueva-jersey]Alejandro Villanueva Jersey[/url] , with 30 tackles and two sacks. Still the middle of the field has been a feeding frenzy for QBs and TEs.The secondary is still an absolute mess. I’m not even sure of the solution. The positives have been CB Joe Haden, Mike Hilton and S Sean Davis. Though not perfect so far, these guys have performed the best for Tom Bradley’s unit. Had Haden been available against KC and Hilton against Bmore, the secondary could have fared better. Morgan Burnett’s absence has led to more Terrell Edmunds, who has struggled as a rookie. Artie Burns, Coty Sensabaugh and Cam Sutton are overmatched on the corners as well. The secondary has only three interceptions all season. I don’t have any answers, but by the looks of the scheming...neither do the coaches.Defensive Valedictorian: Joe Haden and Jon Bostic Overall Offense Grade: D- [url=http://www.nflshopoutlet.com/pittsburgh-steelers]Custom Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys[/url]


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