Originally posted on Steelers Depot  |  Last updated 9/11/13
Lost in the season opening loss Sunday to the Tennessee Titans was the play of nose tackle Steve McLendon, who registered two quarterback hurries, a hit and three tackles in 39 snaps played. When going through the game tape once again, there were three plays that really stood out to me and below is a break down of each. The Titans love to run the outside-zone stretch play with running back Chris Johnson and in the past the Steelers defense has had problems defending against it when it was run by other teams. McLendon, however, showed on Sunday that he is capable of defending it by using solid technique. In order for a nose tackle to properly maintain his lane responsibilities against the outside-zone, he must get across the face of his blocker, stay square to the line of scrimmage and protect his legs in order to stay upright. McLendon does this perfectly on all three of the plays below. On this play, McLendon gets across the face of Titans center Rob Turner and stays square. Perhaps the
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