Steelers Week 2 Defensive Snap Count: Mixing Up The Defensive Line

September 16, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) calls a play at the line of scrimmage against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Steelers mixed things up a bit along their defensive line in their Week 2 win over the Jets, and the results weren't stellar.

Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau used defensive end Ziggy Hood and sometimes Cameron Heyward as 3-technique tackles often on passing downs on the first two drives, and there was some pressure provided. Out of their base, with Casey Hampton playing the 0-technique, they were dominated on the ground early in the game, Hampton in particular.

There wasn't any report of injury on nose tackle Steve McLendon, but he only played nine snaps.

DE Brett Keisel stood up on a few occasions as well, playing as an outside linebacker in replacement of OLB LaMarr Woodley, who was likely just being subbed out.

OLBs Jason Worilds and Chris Carter played 27 and 25 snaps, respectively, in the absence of James Harrison.

Here are the Steelers' defensive snap totals.

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Of 58 defensive plays:


Keenan Lewis CB 58
Lawrence Timmons LB 58
Ryan Mundy FS 57
Ryan Clark FS 57
Ike Taylor CB 57
Ziggy Hood DE 56
Larry Foote LB 56
LaMarr Woodley LB 53
Brett Keisel DE 46
Cortez Allen CB 28
Casey Hampton NT 28
Jason Worilds LB 27
Chris Carter LB 25
Cameron Heyward DE 17
Steve McLendon NT 9
Brandon Johnson LB 2
Will Allen SS 2
Al Woods DE 2


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