You thought the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense and coaches had bad midseason grades?
Wait ’til you see these.
If the first half of the 2013 season was a term paper, the one written by the Steelers’ defense would be laced with red ink.
The Steelers have yielded 131.2 rushing yards per game, 31st in the league. Looking at it another way, opponents have attempted 248 runs on the Steelers defense, tied for sixth in the league. That high yardage total is partly because teams are running a lot on the Steelers. The Steelers are 17th with 4.2 yards allowed per carry, which still isn’t up to snuff even if Pro Football Focus (subscription required) gives nose tackle Steve McLendon a positive grade for his run defense. Casey Hampton has left a big void.
Cameron Heyward is becoming a disruptive force, beating out Ziggy Hood as the starter at left defensive end. He has a sack, two batted passes and is tied for eighth among NFL defensive ends with 15 quarterback hurries.