Oct 1, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt (91) and inside linebacker Sean Spence (51) celebrate a Spence sack against the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Ravens won 23-20 in overtime.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The blitz is back in the place they used to call "Blitz-burgh."
The Pittsburgh Steelers are fourth in the NFL with 14 sacks heading into Monday night’s game at San Diego. New defensive coordinator Keith Butler is taking more risks with his young group and it’s paying off with more pressure in the backfield.
Second-year defensive end Stephon Tuitt leads the Steelers with 3 sacks and said he’s been helped by Butler’s approach that frees him up to beat the man in front of him rather than just occupy blockers.
All that blitzing, however, comes with a price. Baltimore ran for 190 yards in an overtime victory last week, capitalizing whenever the Steelers got a little overzealous with their pass rush.
Defensive end Cam Heyward says the defense is still trying to find a balance, but needs to be better on first and second down.