Ask Alex: Steelers Mailbag – Steelers Depot

Welcome again in your weekly mailbag, particular pre-game version forward of this night’s contest between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns. As all the time, we’re right here for the following hour to respond to no matter is for your thoughts.

In your questions!

SteelCity: 

Alex,

Reason why(s) for optimism for offense? Really feel the protection is appearing higher training and recreation making plans thus far?

Alex: I’m simply taking it game-by-game. We knew this offense wasn’t precisely going to head out and grasp 30 issues a recreation. However there’s rising pains they usually gained’t all the time be this restricted. Claypool’s no longer going to moderate 5.5 yards all season, Johnson gained’t be at 8.6, Harris at 2.9 consistent with elevate. However I’m no longer truly seeking to search for or be expecting optimism. I’m simply taking all of it in.

The protection has executed smartly. They’re a excellent unit. Elite? No, particularly no longer with out Watt. However they’re protecting up their finish of the cut price.

hdogg48: 

Alex…

After 2 video games what do you assume would be the Steelers mos essential
Defensive adjustment going into this night?

Offensive adjustment?

Alex: Discovering tactics to fabricate drive. The instantly/usual 4 guy rush with occasional drive isn’t going to chop it with out Watt. Doesn’t imply you all the time need to ship the home however they’re going to need to have a greater scheme to get guys house. That’ll be key. In fact, how they play the run will likely be key however there’s much less to regulate there. That’s extra about executing.

Offensively, I’m no longer positive. I feel “throw deep” is a little bit too elementary and low-hanging fruit. Scheming up tactics to get George Pickens the ball could be great, despite the fact that it’s simply say, two high objectives. Some leap ball probabilities to him. I simply need Harris to hit the outlet, Trubisky to make the elemental reads, and the offense to handle the soccer. That’s principally the gameplan each and every unmarried week.

Kevin Reich: Has both of Mitch’s first two video games appeared higher than Rudolph closing season?

Alex: I’d have to return and watch. It’s laborious for me to check out to check and Rudolph didn’t know he was once the starter till 24 hours earlier than the sport. He didn’t have the ones reps, despite the fact that he had extra time within the gadget. They’re most probably identical. Some unhealthy selections, Rudolph most probably driven the ball somewhat extra, and the OT fumbles weren’t on him, clearly. I’m having a bet they’d have a identical grade, despite the fact that the way was once in all probability somewhat other. Trubisky was once undoubtedly higher in Week One than Week Two.

Jake Sas: Do you spot reason why for fear with Najee lacking reads within the run recreation? Turns out just like the oline is offering some push, however he has little to no religion and is making an attempt to push out of doors.

Alex: I don’t. I’m tremendous assured in Harris. He did leave out most probably two reads in that recreation however the mistakes there are overstated, his imaginative and prescient is in large part excellent, and a few folks assume he neglected holes he didn’t. They didn’t perceive the scheme. Harris is a skilled participant. The foot accidents were essentially the most being concerned factor however he appeared fitter than I believed in opposition to the Pats. He’ll be excellent.

srdan: I really like what I’ve observed from Leal. He looks like he has attainable to take drive off the staff from having to draft a lineman truly top. The place are you on him?

Alex: He’s executed a pleasing task. Excellent athlete, sporting that additional weight smartly, strikes truly smartly for his dimension. Top-effort dude. Nonetheless must be extra technical, no longer recover from his ft, and must anchor in opposition to the run however he’s flexible and executed a pleasing task. However he’s two weeks into his profession so there’s nonetheless a long way to head.

Matt Manzo: Satisfied Gameday Thursday Alex!!!!
Do you assume the Browns will have the ability to do away with Cam Heyward the best way the Pats did? Is getting extra ingenious with blitzes the solution to that?

Alex: Similar to you, Matt! I feel they undoubtedly may. They have got a forged LG in Joel Bitonio and re-watching the sport, there was once numerous assist being slide Heyward’s approach on 3rd down. The Pats have been clearly at ease letting the RT move 1v1 in opposition to Malik Reed versus T.J. Watt. So yeah, having the ability to quilt up and threaten that heart extra would assist Heyward win extra ceaselessly 1v1. Like I stated above, the power to fabricate drive will likely be key.

Henning: 

Howdy Alex, how do you’re feeling about our CBs as of at this time?

And do you assume it’s tricky to offer Mitch a smash for the offensive woes, taking into account our receiving skill? I imply Canada isn’t doing a lot to assist however I additionally have a look at this offense as a complete with an incredibly excellent cross block to this point and will’t imagine it once I see the numbers..

Alex: They’ve executed adequate. Is determined by who you’re speaking about. Sutton’s performed smartly. Wallace has been alright however appeared uncomfortable over slot, as Tyler Smart identified. Witherspoon has proven extra physicality however has to complete reps on the catch level higher. Maulet is a bodily slot nook however deficient in protection. Norwood hasn’t performed up to I believed he would.

I’m no longer truly taking a look to offer him a smash. I didn’t have top expectancies for him, folks didn’t like my stat prediction for him (20 TDs, 12 INTs, which seems to be about on course at this time) however I didn’t see him as the following Ryan Tannehill. Sitting and finding out in Buffalo is sweet however it doesn’t change into you as a QB. There’s faults in Canada’s offense and the Steelers’ gadget is inherently conservative, they’re attempting to not lose the sport, however Trubisky is making mistakes, too. There’s skill and he’s gotta have the ability to maximize that.

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