Pittsburgh Steelers’ Run Defense Still Needs Offseason Improvements

June 26, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Pittsburgh Steelers' pass defense has gotten a lot of offseason attention—and for good reason. Cornerback Ike Taylor and safety Troy Polamalu retired, and the team drafted two rookie cornerbacks, so Pittsburgh must figure out where the rest of their pieces will fit for the 2015 season. 
Even the pass rush is part of that concern, especially with linebacker Jarvis Jones coming off a wrist injury that isn't fully healed and rookie Bud Dupree trying to crack the first-team defense. So it's almost that Pittsburgh's run defense has fallen to the wayside.
Perhaps it's because there is the perception the Steelers' performance against the run last year was a good one. After all, playoffs included, the Steelers allowed a sixth-best 97.1 rushing yards per game to their opponents.
But that low rushing total can be attributed to the fact opponents knew they could pass against the Steelers. Pittsburgh ranked 25th in passing yards allowed per game, 253.1 yards...

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