PITTSBURGH — On the defensive side of the ball, the Steelers want to focus in on situational football.
Whether its sub packages, goal line situations or two-minute drills, the Steelers feel like some of those situations held them back in 2018.
“To me, winning football games has a lot to do with what’s happening in two minutes,” defensive coordinator Keith Butler said. “If you look at what’s happened the last couple of years in football, the games are coming down. … The bottom line is, we’ve got to make sure we’re good at it.”
So on the second day of minicamp, Mike Tomlin and company spent the day working on those situations.
“Just infusing a little more situational ball,” Tomlin said. “A bunch of third-down things. Our second day of two-minute. We’ve got an emphasis on it here in the last week. It’s good to see guys operate in situations. … It’s been productive on a lot of fronts.”
OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN
From 2015 to 2017, William Gay and Roosevelt Nix were Steelers teammates. Now, Gay is a coaching assistant, working with the team’s wide receivers.
Nix stopped to talk with Gay during a break in the action on Wednesday, one of several such interactions for the former defensive back during this spring.
The Steelers also have former tight end David Johnson working with the defensive line this spring.
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
The defensive linemen worked with coach Karl Dunbar on splitting blockers as a four-technique, while the defensive backs and linebackers worked on dropping into zone coverage. Check out the sights and sounds: