Note: I stopped charting after the 8th drive because…reasons.
Pitt came out in 11 personnel (1RB, 1TE) and we matched up with our Nickel defense:
That yellow line is where the Steelers tried to run the ball. You see Baker labeled as “3-tech” which means he is lined up on the outside shoulder of the Guard (i.e. in between the Guard and Tackle), the Steelers ran away from the 3-tech and into that space/bubble almost the entire game. I charted runs AWAY from the 3 tech and runs TOWARD the 3 tech and got:
AWAY: 16 carries for 81 yards (5.1 ypc)
TOWARD: 6 carries for 31 yards (5.1 ypc)
They didn’t attempt a single run to the 3 tech side until the 2nd quarter. Coming into the game it looks like they wanted to run away from Baker and toward any combination of Reyes, Hood and Golston. The yards per carry were the same to both sides but that’s a little misleading. There was one big gain on a run toward the 3 tech that was a function of our line slanting away from the direction the RB was running:
That’s just the perfect play call from the offense. They pulled the guard and down blocked on our slanting line. Outside of this play the Steelers could only manage 3 ypc when running toward the 3 tech–which was usually Baker before we started shuffling guys around.
We stayed in Nickel and Dime until the 3rd drive. Pitt starting deploying 2 and 3 TEs and we responded with our 3-4:
DHall is off screen as the Free safety where he played the majority of his snaps. Strong Safety was manned by Bruton (top of the frame, yellow shoes.) He spent most of his time lined up over the tight ends and we brought him down into the box more frequently in the 2nd half. Compton and Foster started at LB. Compton went the whole way, Foster was subbed out for Cravens on 3rd downs.
Cornerbacks were Norman and Breeland with Dashaun Phillips coming in as our Nickel corner. Cravens is the Dime package substitution but plays with linebacker responsibilities. I wasn’t sure how to classify those formations so I just called them “Cravens Dime.”
Anyways, on with the show: