Watching the game, the team was making plays. They completely shut down Seattle. Forcing 3 and outs, Stopping the run, everything you want out of them. Run defense was spot on, Lynch went nowhere all game long. The pass defense was solid at tackling for the most part.
However, where is the emotion at? They didn't appear to be feeding off the big plays, getting fired up, dancing around, pumping their fists. Very uncharacteristic of this team. The gameplan may have had something to do with that.
Lebeau took a different approach to this game. Rather than bringing the heat, he choose to just rush 3 or 4 guys the majority of the time, especially early on and keep everybody back in coverage. That put the pressure squarely on Jackson and the Seattle offense. Credit the defense for making the plays, or credit Seattle for having Jackson at QB and just not being very good. Personally I think it was alittle big of both.
In the 4th quarter they started to bring the heat alittle more and finished the day with 4.5 sacks total.
They thrive on emotion in their game. It's just part of who they are, and when they don't have it, it's very noticeable. Tomlin talked about it at half time with Siragusa from FOX. Considering how bad opening weekend went, we fully expected them to come out like gangbusters. Like I said they made plays but not the way you want to see them carry themselves if you ask me. Lebeau rarely sits back this much, and again it worked but when the defense isn't flying to the QB and flying high on emotion, you have to be careful. This week with Jackson playing QB though, it wasn't nearly as much of a concern.