Sack Breakdown: Steelers vs Panthers

Sack Breakdown: Steelers vs Panthers

After breaking down the lone sack the Pittsburgh Steelers allowed in their Week 15 win over the Carolina Panthers.

1. 3. and 6, 11:06. 11 personnel. Six block against five rush

“Mug” look here from the Panthers. The good news is that the Steelers did a better job of holding their backs against those looks rather than risking unblocked free ends. I don’t know if it was situational since this was third and pretty long, or the team correcting the issues they’ve had in recent weeks against simpress. So RB Jaylen Warren stays in.

Here the line slides to the left and the LB pops out with the second A gap LB blitz, probably by design (blitz LB opposite center slide). Warren gets him picked up and makes heavy contact. But he has trouble anchoring and sustaining while RT Chukwuma Okorafor gets long-armed and by LDE Brian Burns, one of the league’s better pass rushers who can beat corners with ease.

With Warren being pulled back to collapse the pocket and Burns winning the edge, there is nowhere for QB Mitch Trubisky to go. With no open downfield, the Panthers have solid man coverage, he goes down and the Steelers punt.

Here there are problems with the width and depth of the pocket, the two essential components that make it up. Warren couldn’t secure the depth, Okorafor couldn’t secure the width, and that’s a recipe for getting fired. So the blame is assigned to both. The good news is that this was the only sack Pittsburgh allowed, and they haven’t had too many problems in recent weeks. While a stronger and more engaged run game has helped limit their exposure, the line has blocked better and kept the pocket fairly clean in this game. Just not here.

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However, Okorafor needs to improve this Saturday. Before the sack, he allowed just 1.5 sacks. Since the bye, he has allowed 2.5. He faces a tough challenge this weekend against Maxx Crosby, one of the league’s premier pass rushers.

Blame: Half on RB Jaylen Warren, half on OT Chukwuma Okorafor

Sack Breakdown (game)

Jaylen Warren: 0.5
Chukwuma Okorafor: 0.5

Sack Breakdown (Season)

Kenny Pickett: 7.0
Kevin Dotson: 4.5
Dan Moore Jr.: 4.5
Mitch Trubisky: 4.0
Chukwuma Okorafor: 4.0
Arrangement/Defensive coverage: 3.5
Matt Canada: 2.0
Mason Cole: 1.5
Najee Harris: 1.0
Pat Meyer: 1.5
James Daniels: 0.5
Benny Snell: 0.5
Jaylen Warren: 0.5

Penalty breakdown (game)

Kevin Dotson: 1

Penalty breakdown (season)

Dan Moore Jr.: 9th
Kevin Dotson: 9th
James Daniels: 3rd
Chukwuma Okorafor: 3
JC Hassenauer: 1

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