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I’m going to break this grade into two parts because there are two different components I want to discuss. The first is the kicking and punting of Shaun Suisham and Drew Butler.
I can’t say enough good things about how consistent both have been this season. Butler has been great on directional kicks, and his leg is very strong. Apart from one shank, he’s been as close to perfect as it gets.
Suisham has looked stronger than previous years, and his accuracy has been phenomenal. He’s only missed once, and that was a borderline-ridiculous attempt at a very long field goal outdoors.
The coverage units, however, have been woefully inadequate. Opposing returners are getting the advantage of a lot of space and poor tackling. Pittsburgh’s own returners are getting handicapped by stupid penalties.
It’s a mess.
When Mike Tomlin made the change at special-teams coordinator, I thought it might spark this unit. Instead, they’ve been worse than last season. I fear that they may eventually cost this team a victory. They’ve already cost them points a couple times.