Well I've been home almost a week from Navy OCS, but haven't found time (much to my chagrin) to get on here and post away some thoughts, but here goes:
1) Don't fret that the Steelers have allowed more rushing yards the past few games. If you look at the numbers, it's simply a volume issue; teams are running more (due to cold weather, and the potential for our pass-rushers to kill their QBs/throw INTs) but still having a low average yardage on running plays. Ever since we had that stretch of games with a ton of picks and sacks (Cowboys was the exclamation), teams have run more, even if it's not very successful, it won't flat out lose the opponent a game the way turnovers will.
2) As I predicted before this season, this was one of the best, and in my opinion, THE best defense ever. LaMarr Woodley (having watched him in person this past weekend), is an absolute beast. He hasn't had sacks the past few games, but he is a killer against the run. He was regularly taking on double-teams in the run, which is unheard of for a 3-4 OLB. I don't think he's wearing down, I think teams are paying even more attention to him. The rest will certainly help though, and I expect this defense to come out flying in the playoffs. Look for them to be even better in the playoffs; as defenses always get stingier.
3) Lastly, and let me first apologize for the shortness of this post, as you most remember I usually like to go more in depth, but I'm pretty busy at home even (mostly working out non-stop), anyways, thanks to everyone who posted some nice thoughts a couple weeks ago about me, Blitz forwarded it to me at OCS, much, much appreciated!