Theismann: Steelers susceptible to play-action

For those of you into the whole game within the game thing, the NFL “Playbook” crew presented some interesting angles Wednesday on attacking the vaunted defense of the Steelers.

Many consider the Steelers defense the best in the NFL. But does a defense that finished the regular season ranked first in scoring defense, total defense and rushing defense have an Achilles heel?

Analyst Joe Theismann looks to the play-action pass as an area where the Steelers display weaknesses.

“That’s exactly what you want to do. When you took a look at the way the Steelers love to stop the run … it means that linebackers are coming up to make tackles,” Theismann explained. “It’s the way the linebackers play for the Steelers that could leave them susceptible to (play-action).”

The “Playbook” crew consistently offers fantastic analysis, and it’s an interesting angle to look for the chink in the Steelers’ armor. The Steelers possess arguably the best linebacker corps in the league, the group that keys the play-calling of defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau because of its ability to both pass rush and drop in coverage.

Analyst Sterling Sharpe went even deeper, pointing to the play of LB Lawrence Timmons in zone coverage as a possible advantage for the Packers.

“I think the Packers can attack Timmons,” Sharpe noted. “When I take a look at (him) in zone coverages, I see some weaknesses. I see a guy who is really not comfortable with the tight end in that area. I think the Packers could have success.”

We’ll find out Sunday if the Packers saw the same thing during their film work.

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