Originally posted on SteelerAddicts  |  Last updated 3/10/13
When it’s all said and done, exactly how well did the defense play this last season? How well did DC Dick Le Beau and his staff handle the ups and downs, the pressure of stopping NFL offenses. The strict statistician in me wants to point to the numbers and say, “They did just fine.” But, as with all things in football, the truth is more complex than simple numbers. If you look at the raw numbers, they tell you this defense played pretty well, for the most part. They were fifth in the league in points allowed, first in yards allowed, first in yards allowed per play, first in first downs allowed per game, and second in opponent time of possession. That’s great, especially when you consider that they were very often given a short field to defend due to turnovers by the offense. Of course, this begs the question, how did anyone score on the Steelers at all? The answer is that once the opponent got within the Steelers’ 20-yard-line, there was a pretty good chance they would score. The St...
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