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It's a lot of blame to go around for the Pittsburgh Steelers to start & # 39; 1-4 starting in 2019.
Planning and playing games have been fierce in the hours since to the coaching staff. Just look at the purpose of the field in New England, the game's conservative plan versus the San Francisco 49ers, the wildcat's overuse versus the Baltimore Ravens.
The offense can't turnovers into touchdowns.
The defense gave away three second-half runners, two in the fourth quarter.
Too bad for the special teams return team, head coach Mike Tomlin didn't want them to touch the ball in overtime.
In addition, all four stages of the team went very well. See you at the Super Bowl.
Finding silver linings has been tough. It's hard to call anyone blameless in this group right now.
But some men were about to escape without blood on their hands. Here are three candidates.
1. Chris Boswell
At the start of camp, who would have thought this guy would be on the list? This year he made all 19 of his place kicks.
Many times during this period I said aloud to anyone who heard, "Here is the spot. Here is the kick. This is where the Shanks shanks one. Here is where the 2018 Boswell returns."
But he didn't. Meet the new Bos, just like the old Bos.
Well, 2017 "old Bos," I mean. One 72-of-77 in the area kicked that year and never missed a pressure situation.
Yup. One thing is clear at this time, for bad things, you can't blame "the Bos."
2. Steven Nelson
I don't doubt signing for the Steelers.
To be honest, I should not say skeptical.
After all, he was acquired to replace Artie Burns-Coty Sensabaugh in combination with the cornerback position. Joe Haden. So obviously an upgrade is coming.
Everyone should be happy the Steelers are, at least, responding to the position.
However, Nelson came to Pittsburgh from the City of Kansas with a reputation as a famine-or-famine festival. We will take you out of the interventions and pass the defensed, with four and 15, respectively, in 2018.
However, some think that these numbers are overloaded because he is heavily targeted at by opposing quarterbacks.
However, since providing black and gold, Nelson has exceeded scouting expectations and reports. He is 180-degree different than his reputation. He is hardly seen in games. Usually, that's good for a cornerback. This means that the opposing quarterback is not looking to attack you coverage. Pro Football Focus rated him as the NFL's 12th best cornerback in 2019, stating that he "has limited anything through the first five games, allowing five receptions on 10 targets 10 or more. 86 yards on the field. "
"I just keep going, stay consistent," Nelson said. "I'm not trying to be done. It's just trying to make plans." I like his professionalism. Occasionally, we put her in shocking circumstances due to the nature of how we play. I just love everything he does to this day. "They combined for 19 punts, 244 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers a year ago.
3. Minkah Fitzpatrick
Speaking of second, what about next year's first-round pick ?
As the Steelers continue to beat and their exchanged 2020 first-round draft pick keeps the board rising, the asking price to hit Fitzpatrick from The Dolphins of Miami looks even more and
That was not commentary on Fitzpatrick's play. He was very good. That assessment goes beyond two turnovers that he was a part of San Francisco in his first time as a Steeler.
– Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 22, 2019
Minkah Fitzpatrick today with a pick AND a forced riot in his @steelers debut
Since then, he has done a great job limiting big plays against the Steelers defense since riding after losing the team to Seattle Seahawks in Week 2.
Consider these numbers from SteelersWire.com.
"Through the first two games, the Steelers' defense allowed 445 yards per game. Since Fitzpatrick joined the team, that number has dropped to 296 yards per game. In terms of passing yards The number dropped from about 320 yards per game to 170 yards per game. Pittsburgh also allowed nearly 13 fewer points per game. ”
So, yes, he helped. think of the many opportunities where he could blame things that went wrong with losses against the 49ers or Ravens.
"We did a great job of back-talking," Fitzpatrick said. "And when you did that, helping to clear the deep balls. "
Nelson and Fitzpatrick assisted in the third quarter of the defense to the point that Charger coach Anthony Lynn referred to the second Steelers as" one of the pitchers. " well second secretary we went up against this guy. "
So, as we looked for the positives surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers, we started the kick and we finished second.
Following 2018, wrap your heads around. Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter .All tweets can be reposted. All emails is subject to publication unless otherwise specified.