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Author: Jon Kuzma
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For the longest time the Pittsburgh Steelers have been known for their offensive stars. Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, and JuJu Smith-Schuster are just a handful of the names that standout. But Steelers GM Kevin Colbert has been drafting defensive players for a while now in hopes of getting that side of the ball up to speed. Well it looks like those picks have been panning out because the Steelers are overachieving.
Roethlisberger is out for the season with an elbow injury but Pittsburgh has found a way to stay competitive. That’s because the additions of T.J Watt, Devin Bush, Terrell Edmunds and the trade for Minkah Fitzpatrick give this team a talented young nucleus to build around. These core guys are still developing and they’re much faster than a bunch of aging veterans would be. And when you combine all of them together it equates to a group who is very good at two things. The first thing they do is rush the quarterback and they have 29 sacks through eight games. Pittsburgh also has 11 interceptions so their secondary is creating plays on the backend and it’s no coincidence that when your pass rush improves you’ll also get more interceptions. Fitzpatrick in particular has really made the most of his opportunities since joining this team (4 interceptions). In hindsight Colbert made the right move by being aggressive and bringing in a ball hawk to give their roster a spark. Now you can see the results on the field each Sunday.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers defense is improving and it’s keep them competitive.