Originally posted on SteelerAddicts  |  Last updated 8/24/12

DENVER - AUGUST 29: Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers has something to say to cornerback Keenan Lewis after he was called for a personal foul as he tackled Brandon Lloyd of the Denver Broncos during preseason NFL action at INVESCO Field at Mile High on August 29, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Steelers defense last year was ranked #1 overall in the league, and #1 in pass defense. Against the pass they allowed a league low 171 yds per game. Those numbers were a huge improvement from 2010 when they allowed 214 yds per game and finished 12th in pass defense. Even if they didn’t make it to the Super Bowl last year, the defense was able to put the building blocks in place for the future. The drastic improvement is due in part to the great season that Ike Taylor had of course but also the improved play of Keenan Lewis and the addition of both Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown. Drafting 2 cornerbacks with the expectation of improving your secondary was a no brainer considering the lack of depth and performance in years past. William Gay was as inconsistent as he was good, and when he left for Arizona, the battle was on for who would take his spot. So far the Steelers have definitely gotten their money’s worth out of Cortez Allen especially but Keenan Lewis is poised to take ...
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