The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense gave up several big plays and long drives against the Buffalo Bills in the third week of the 2015 NFL preseason. With the team having a new defensive coordinator in Keith Butler after the long tenure of Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau, Butler's cover 2 scheme has received much criticism this preseason as the Steelers' defense has not looked great.
However, much like the defensive issues that came up during the LeBeau era, the problem was not the scheme, but the lack of execution in the scheme, as BTSC writer Andrew Kipp alluded to earlier today in his article.
Let's take a look at three specific plays from Sunday:
Here you can see the problems on the first long touchdown pass surrendered by the Steelers against the Bills.
- The front seven failed to bring any pressure upon Manuel and make his job harder to read the defense;
- Shamarko Thomas was out of position on Clay's seam allowing for an easy catch and score.