The players on the Pittsburgh Steelers defense liken Hall of Fame coordinator Dick LeBeau to a father figure. When the critics started chirping the 75-year-old LeBeau was losing his touch after the Steelers got off to a slow start, his players rallied around him.
The proof is on the field.
Nearing the season's midway point, Pittsburgh (4-3) is second in the NFL in yards allowed and first in the league in pass defense. Safety Ryan Clark says the players took it personally when LeBeau took the heat after losses to Oakland and Tennessee and there's been a greater attention to detail in recent weeks.
Defensive end Brett Keisel says Pittsburgh's turnaround is also due to an offense that is on the field so long, the defense - which starts six players in their 30s - stays fresh.
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