No successful defense blitzes on every down. Some teams come close. The Steelers are a powerfully built team when they blitz effectively.
There’s a problem right now, however.
The Steelers don’t blitz effectively.
They always send the same people and rely on Troy Polamalu as a wild card. It’s a flawed system because the Steelers have a better way available to them.
Dick LeBeau used to innovate. He did that when he basically created the zone blitz. He did it again when he created whatever you want to call what Polamalu has done in his career.
He needs to do it again with his blitz schemes. The ones they’re using right now would be familiar to Kevin Greene or Greg Lloyd. That means they’re far too old.
How about a blitz where Steve McLendon blasts through the middle in front of Lawrence Timmons and Larry Foote? Or you could do a variation where Foote stays back and LaMarr Woodley crashes in from the outside linebacker spot.
Pressure up the middle is more effective than on the edges because it robs a quarterback of their favorite escape: stepping up into the pocket.
The results aren’t always more sacks, but they usually include poorly thrown passes, ill-advised choices of receivers and other things that can lead to turnovers.
Guess what Pittsburgh can’t do. They can’t force turnovers.