Carter’s Classroom: Subtle pressure works for this defense

Inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) celebrates a tackle for loss - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

The Steelers have one sack in their first two games, but that does not mean that they have not gotten after the quarterback. Last Sunday's performance against the Bengals was a display of ways that they were able to frustrate a quarterback's timing with his receivers even when no sack is recorded.

The pass rush is subtle (see Mark Kaboly on this), but it sure is part of their defensive game and impacts opposing quarterbacks significantly. Sure, quarterback Andy Dalton threw for 366 yards on 53 attempts, but Cincinnati was only successful on 25 percent of its third-down opportunities and was limited to one touchdown.

We talked about how the Steelers locked down A.J. Green in our previous film room session. This focuses more on the front end of the defense.

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