Take Pats and the Points Tonight; Steelers Defense Not up to Snuff

by Fred Pahlke | Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Above Photo Credit:  Keith Butler, 59, has been the team’s linebackers coach since 2003 and had long been considered the heir apparent to LeBeau.  He is now the new Defensive Coordinator in Pittsburgh – Peter Diana / Post-Gazette

If I was a betting man my take tonight in Foxboro would be to take the New England and the points.  (By the way, have you thought about a fun site? Want to get into a little gambling and make a little coin and have some fun?  GamblingSites.com to see how easy it can be URL:  http://www.gamblingsites.com/top/us/) 

Tom Brady should be in fine form and beat Pittsburgh (+7) 24-14. 

On defense, the Steelers, with new coordinator Keith Butler, the hurdles will be the downfall for a win.  Butler might make the right calls for the defense, but that probably won’t be enough. 

Take note:

1.  Pittsburgh drafted three defensive backs in the draft this year to bolster up the 27th rated secondary in 2014.  None will be in uniform tonight.  This secondary is in total disarray and Brady will have his way tonight. Want more on this subject ESPN can inform you at:  http://www.big12sports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=204777134

2.  The Steelers front seven are just average and they don’t rush the passer in any good way.   Brady will have all day to find his receivers.

3.  Brady likes to play this team.  An average of 37 point-a-game in the last three meetings say that my prediction of only 24 tonight might be low. But that just makes my prediction a little stronger.

Butler, taking over for long-time defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, is ready to be the head defensive man in Pitt.  A 10-year career as a linebacker with Seattle that began in 1978 plus spending the last 11 NFL seasons as LeBeau’s top assistant in Pitt coaching the linebackers has given him plenty of experience.

Butler remarked,  “It’s a great place (Pittsburgh) to coach. Everybody asks me why I’ve stayed here so long. I’ve stayed here so long because I’ve been here long enough to go to three Super Bowls and win two of them. How many coaches have they had here? Three in forty something years………There’s a reason the Steelers have won six Super Bowls. If players hear the same words every year, they are going to sooner or later get it. If they don’t get it, you have to replace them. The more you can maintain continuity, the better chance you have to be successful. When you look at New England, how long has Belichick been there?  15 years.  There’s a lot to be said about continuity.”

As many believe in Pittsburgh, it is Butler and his defense that will tell the tale of the 2015 season. If they don’t perform well, it will be a losing proposition.  It begins tonight and game one won’t be a positive experience for the Steelers and their new 59 year old defensive coordinator.






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