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    Steelers running behind on forcing turnovers

    Troy Polamalu read the play perfectly, and when Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson threw a short pass to tight end Anthony McCoy, the All-Pro safety looked like he had a sure interception.

    Polamalu couldn't hang on, missing out on his 28th career pick and an easy touchdown.

    It didn't matter much, considering the Steelers led the overmatched Seahawks, 24-0. The play, though, may have significance.

    After two games, the Steelers still are looking for their first takeaway. That, coupled with their seven giveaways in the season-opener at Baltimore, leaves them tied for last in the NFL in turnover ratio (minus 7) with the Kansas City Chiefs.
    The Chiefs are 0-2 and may be the early leaders in the lottery for Stanford standout quarterback Andrew Luck. The Steelers, in contrast, are eyeing another Super Bowl run.

    They've been on the minus side of turnover ratio just four times since 1992. Not coincidentally, the Steelers have been one the NFL's most successful franchises during that span.

    "The team that gets the most turnovers usually has a pretty good success in terms of wins/losses, so turnovers are always important," Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said.

    Recent history shows that.

    The Steelers ranked second in turnover ratio (plus 17) last season, ranking behind only the New England Patriots (plus 28), who finished with the best regular-season record in the NFL. The Steelers were two spots ahead of the Green Bay Packers (plus 10), who beat them in Super Bowl XLV.

    "We've only played two games," LeBeau said. "Turnovers are like sacks. If you get good, constant pressure, the sacks will come. If you're in good position, seeing what you're supposed to be seeing, you're going to get interceptions, (and) we're going to get our share of fumble recoveries."

    LeBeau said the Steelers' goal is to get "at least" one of each every game.
    "I think they'll come," Steelers inside linebacker James Farrior said. "I've been in the league a long time, and when you don't have turnovers for a while, then I think they tend to come in bunches when you do start getting them."

    Some teams try to force the issue by emphasizing stripping the ball, particularly when their players are gang tackling. Some defensive backs are taught to go for the strip as much as the tackle.

    "I don't think we do it enough," Steelers free safety Ryan Clark said, "but that's because tackling is at such a high premium. It's about the fact that I want to tackle you right there and not allow you to get any yards after the catch."
    Sure tackling doesn't preclude the Steelers from creating turnovers, as their history shows.

    "It's about getting the ball and stopping them from getting the ball into the end zone," Polamalu said. "From my experience, turnovers always come in bunches."

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    I'm not too worried about the turnover differential right now. Giving it away 7 times put them in a whole that will take them a long time to get out of. They didn't need any last week although Polamalu missing that sure pick 6 was disappointing. He just broke on the ball a second too early and couldn't hang on.

    I'd love to see them take it a way a few times this weekend to really take the wind out of the sails of the crowd and the Colts.

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    Not worried about the takeaways as much as I am the giveaways. Steelers bend but don't break. As long as they get off the field on 3rd down and pressure the opposing QB into mistakes, they will be fine.

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    Usually the takeaways far outweigh the giveaways, but not this year so far. There will be plenty of chances for turnovers as the year goes on, but you're right if the offense can hang onto the ball things will work out.

    Let's just hope that missed interception by Troy isn't a sign of things to come.

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    It's only the second week, they'll come...

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    turn overs come in bunches at times.......

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    I am concerned about the turnovers a little, but it is only two games into the season. Maybe they can force a few this week and get rolling.

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