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steelerssportshop Le'Veon Bell Jersey
30-01-2019, 12:18 PM
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steelerssportshop Le'Veon Bell Jersey
When Mike Hilton broke out last season during the preseason Le'Veon Bell Jersey , it was a shock to all of us. A guy who had been on two previous practice squads — cut each time — shows up and becomes the starting slot-CB for the season. He wasn’t only a preseason wonder either, but an absolutely key performer on a defense which was ailing after Ryan Shazier went down. After that, he was one of the few bright spots on that post-Shazier defense, and that dynamic ability has only continued into this year. Hilton is an expert blitzer from the slot, and Keith Butler utilizes the 5’9” stick of dynamite on virtually every blitz he can dial up. He’s also extra aggressive from the slot in coverage. At his core, he’s an aggressive man-coverage corner who can literally match up with anyone. He even forced a pass breakup against Rob Gronkowski last season when the Steelers faced the Patriots. This guy is a top-3 slot-CB in the NFL, and he impacts every aspect of the game. He’s a pain for any Offensive Coordinator to game-plan for. In simple terms, Keith Butler uses him almost as a small LB. He’s undoubtedly a missile, and although he’s known for how effectively he blitzes, his coverage is fantastic too.Okay, empty set, Steelers are in Cover-2 man. Only Sean Davis and Terrell Edmunds are deep on this play with palms coverage, and everyone else is in either in press-man (L.J. Fort, Joe Haden, Morgan Burnett) or off-man coverage (Mike Hilton, Coty Sensabaugh). With the slot guys and Haden pressing the outside receiver, Jarvis Landry is the prime target for Baker Mayfield here, so this all relies on Mike Hilton, and boy does he ever come through. It may be hard to see up near the top of the screen, but look at how easily he mirrors the zig. His hips are in constant motion with Landry’s route and then the easy Troy Polamalu Color Rush Jersey , fluid change of direction to come straight down on that play is top-CB stuff. He knows the situation and just comes up and makes a great hit. Even if Landry hangs on, you can see Hilton’s aggressiveness as he rushes downhill after the fast change of direction. The most underrated part of Hilton’s game is the swagger he brings. He chirps after that play and, to me, that’s the sign of a leader. He gets in Landry’s head, you know he does, and Landry is a guy who likes to do the same back, just ask Artie Burns. I want my DBs to be aggressive and have swagger. I consider it an essential trait, and man does Hilton ever deliver! The Browns come out in a Todd Haley special, where they have the bunch set on one side and motion it out with a RB (formerly Le’Veon Bell) and make it trips instead, with Duke Johnson here running a slant. Although Anthony Chickillo makes a fantastic play on this ball, I want to focus on Hilton, who is covering Johnson on this play. Notice once Johnson motions, Hilton immediately steps back one step, expecting Chickillo to come over so he can focus on mirroring. He mirrors that slant and Johnson gets inside leverage, but the change of direction by Hilton likely would have stopped Johnson short of the sticks regardless. The quickness in his hips makes Hilton that much better of a slot-corner. His ability to fluidly change positions and stay with the receiver allows him to react according to the situation.But blitzes are where Hilton really shines, whether it is on a run or a pass. Just ask Nick Chubb about that. Perfect play call by Keith Butler here. It’s an inside zone and well, hello Mike Hilton. Tretter and Bitonio clearly double Javon Hargrave up the middle, and even though that’s the call, Bitonio has to call an audible and chip Hilton upfield so Chubb can cut back inside. Regardless, part of the reason Hilton is such a great blitzer is because of his timing. Right when this ball is snapped Hilton is firing down and gets into the backfield. Like I said , he’s used like a smaller LB in this scheme and it’s gorgeous to watch. Just a fantastic play call and great timing by Hilton. Mike Hilton is fantastic in every facet as a slot-CB. He has blazing speed coupled with amazing reaction time and great coverage skills. That’s something you just don’t see all that often in an undrafted cornerback, much less a guy who was cut twice, including by the Patriots’ evil genius, Bill Belichick.Hilton will be due money at contract time and he’ll get it from the team residing in the 412 area code. There are many reasons why the Steelers need to lock up Hilton for years to come, but perhaps the main reason is that he gives his all for this team on every single play. Mike Hilton is worth it. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a very inconsistent team, and nothing showed this more than the team rebounding from losses to the Broncos, Chargers and Raiders with a huge home win vs. the New England Patriots in Week 15. It doesn’t get any easier for the Steelers though, as the New Orleans Saints await in Week 16. Today in the Black-and-gold links article, we take a look at how the Steelers aren’t taking the venue in their Week 16 lightly. The Mercedes-Benz Super Dome will be rocking, but Mike Tomlin is doing the best he can to get his team, not just the offense, prepared for the noise coming on Sunday afternoon.Let’s get to the news:Steelers prepared for ‘incredibly loud’ environment vs. Saints at SuperdomeBy: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewFolks in Kansas City and Seattle like to debate over which fan base creates the loudest environment for a football game.Arrowhead Stadium and CenturyLink Field each has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for that designation.Those are open-air venues. Move the game indoors and the fans in New Orleans think they are the loudest in the NFL.“I co-sign that,” Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ramon Foster said. “They absolutely are. I don’t think there’s any competition with that.”Foster was a second-year player in 2010, the last time the Steelers played the Saints at the Superdome.Although he was inactive and never left the sidelines, Foster was treated to an experience he will never forget in that Halloween night game played eight years ago.“Insane,” Foster said. “It was a freaking party in there. They don’t go to the game. They go to have a party. They play the music that everybody knows, and it goes all the way from the bottom row to the top.“It’s by far one of the craziest, coolest environments I’ve ever been around.”It’s one Foster and the rest of his teammates will experience again Sunday when the Steelers (8-5-1) return to the Superdome, host of the team with the NFL’s best record. And with the Saints (12-2) trying to lock up the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage in the NFC Maurkice Pouncey Jersey , the Superdome figures to be rocking before, during and after the 4:25 p.m. kickoff.“I think we’ll have our hands full,” Foster said.Along with Foster, center Maurkice Pouncey and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger are the only holdovers from that 2010 game, which the Saints won 20-10. At the time, Roethlisberger said it was “probably the loudest place I’ve played in.”He didn’t back down from that assessment this week.“It’s incredibly loud,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m not saying they pump the noise in like they did at the old RCA Dome (in Indianapolis), but it’s pretty loud down there.”The Superdome atmosphere has created a true home-field advantage for the Saints. They were 8-1 last season, counting playoffs, and they are 5-1 and averaging 38 points a game at the Superdome this season.For AFC teams such as the Steelers that visit New Orleans once every eight years, the atmosphere can create an initial shock to the system.Running back Trey Edmunds, who spent last season with the Saints before joining the Steelers, got a first-hand glimpse of how the Superdome crowd noise can affect opponents.“What their fans bring to the game is something that words can’t really describe,” Edmunds said. “The fans are into the game all the way through. But when teams come to Pittsburgh, our fans are into it all the way through as well. You like to be a part of something like that.”Carter’s Classroom: O-line looks playoff-readyBy: Chris Carter, DKPittsburghSportsTrench wars are some of the most fun battles to witness in the NFL, and the Steelers showed their ability to dominate that aspect of the game. Running the ball balances the offense, and a balanced attack would be a serious advantage against the better teams.The Steelers rank 30th in rush offense with 93.9 yards per game 17th in yards per carry with 4.3. Their run game had to adjust to James Conner being the primary running back early, but his high ankle sprain forced Jaylen Samuels to become the starter the past two weeks.After gaining only 28 yards on 11 carries against the Raiders, Samuels broke through the Patriots for 142 yards on 19 carries. But the difference was the offensive line and maximizing their efforts with Samuels’ running style. Conner has his own power running style that works better behind lead blockers Mike Mitchell Color Rush Jersey , but Samuels’ performance leans more towards stretch runs and zone schemes.But the Steelers found a way to incorporate Samuels’ speed along with the strengths of their offensive line. We discussed the Steelers’ reluctance to use those strengths against the Raiders in last week’s War Room feature. Watch how both Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro pull to become lead blockers and take on Pat Chung and Kyle Van Noy on the edge:(To see more, click the link in the headline.)Big Ben-Tomlin vs. Brees-Payton: Keys to longevity, what’s nextBy: Jeremy Fowler and Mike Triplett, ESPNA complicated game can be simplified by this truism: Top quarterback-head coach tandems last.Sunday’s 4:25 p.m. ET matchup in the Superdome features two of the game’s best over the past decade -- the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin matching wits with the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees and Sean Payton.Brees and Payton have 117 wins together over 200 games, second to the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady-Bill Belichick combo during the Super Bowl era (since 1966). Tomlin and Roethlisberger are fourth on that list with 114 wins in 187 games.The pairs have combined for 15 double-digit-win seasons.In Tomlin’s eyes, the formula is clear-cut.”Win games. You’re not together for over a decade if you don’t,” Tomlin said. “That’s how it goes or the coach and the quarterback get run out of town.”Here’s a look at both pairings from several angles.Why they’ve lasted so long togetherTomlin and Roethlisberger: They play their roles well. Tomlin has input in every area of team business but also provides freedom for Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner to operate. From the locker room to the practice field, Tomlin and Roethlisberger are frequently huddling. “Communication [is key], just like any good relationship,” Tomlin said. “You have to be able to communicate with each other. I think that is also what makes a successful marriage.” Tomlin and Roethlisberger are instrumental in the team’s ability to respond to bad losses or underachieving stress. Sunday’s 17-10 win against the Patriots was a prime example. The Steelers looked sloppy in Oakland in Week 14, but Tomlin’s defense was refocused and Roethlisberger spread the ball to eight different receivers. Roethlisberger’s 41 career comebacks in the fourth quarter or overtime help matters, too.Payton and Brees: Payton and Brees are on a short list with the likes of Bill Walsh and Joe Montana of perfect marriages between playcaller and quarterback. They arrived in New Orleans together in 2006 -- when Payton got his first head-coaching job and handpicked Brees as a free agent coming off of a major shoulder injury with the San Diego Chargers. From the beginning, the Saints’ offense has been a collaborative effort that includes Brees’ input. And as Brees said recently, it has evolved over the years from “first grade elementary school stuff to freakin’ Calculus 303.” Heading into this season, the Saints had gained more yards over a 12-year span than any team in NFL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, averaging 404.1 yards per game. And they won the only Super Bowl in franchise history after the 2009 season.
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