Why the Pittsburgh Steelers Will Make the Playoffs: Secondary (Part Two of Four)

July 11, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Pittsburgh sports personality Gene Collier has claimed the Pittsburgh Steelers will only win six games this upcoming season. He sites the absence of traded WR Santonio Holmes and injured guard Willie Colon as reasons but for everything that is lost, there is always something gained.
For the 2010 Steelers that counterbalanced gain lies in the secondary.
For all the problems Pittsburgh had last season their pass defense had to be the most abysmal part of the team. Ranked 16th in the NFL (seems like they should be much lower) the unit brought what is normally one of the NFL's top defenses down to a very average level.
They allowed 215.4 passing yards per game, their interceptions leader was Troy Polamalu who only played in five games, and their cornerbacks combined for a grandiose total of two interceptions. Jeff Reed had more tackles last season than all of the Steelers cornerbacks combined had interceptions.
Part of the poor play by the secondary as a whole was due t...

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