Counting plays that were negated by penalty, the Broncos had 51 passing plays against the Steelers. I watched every single one on the All-22 and have determined whether our QB was pressured (my assessment), whether he was hit, when he was sacked and who was to blame when he was pressured. These are included in the table below. There where some plays where the whole OL was at fault.
|pass play||Pressure?||QB hit?||Sack?||Fault|
|3||no||no||no||DPI - no play|
|4||yes||no||no||Lock - had an open receiver he didn't see.|
|5||yes||yes||no||Freeman fails to pick up blitzing LB|
|7||yes||yes||yes||fumble - Lock injury - EW gets abused|
|8||yes||yes||no||Risner failes to pick up stunting DT|
|9||yes||no||no||good coverage, Driskell pulls down and rolls right, throws it away|
|11||yes||Pass Protection||yes||free rusher in full view of QB, has to hit hot-read|
|13||no||no||no||designed roll-out, well covered|
|15||yes||yes||no||pressure caused bad throw - incomplete|
|16||yes||yes||yes||EW and LC both got beaten badly|
|18||yes||yes||yes||EW gets beaten by speed, LC gets swum, RG ends up blocking no one|
|20||yes||yes||no||stupid play call on 3rd and 20 from the PIT 40, LC can't reach a 4 tech on PA fake|
|21||yes||yes||no||Dupree abuses Risner|
|22||yes||yes||yes||EW gets abused|
|23||yes||yes||no||Bolles late to pick up stunter, his man hits QB|
|27||yes||yes||yes||JD has to throw this one away. This sack is on him|
|29||yes||yes||no||GB dets puched back into JD, incomplete on 3rd and goal leads to FG|
|31||no||no||no||DPI - no play|
|32||yes||yes||no||free rusher in full view of QB, has to hit hot-read|
|33||yes||yes||no||rouching the passer - no play|
|34||no||no||no||TD - Fant|
|35||no||no||no||2-pt conversion - JD backpedalling on the throw|
|36||yes||yes||no||Risner gets driven back into JD - leads to high throw|
|40||no||no||no||DPI - no play|
|41||no||no||no||no open receivers leads to scramble for 3 yards|
|44||yes||no||no||TD pass to MG|
|46||yes||yes||no||deep incompletion to JJ -EW, GG, and LC all let defender get in JD's face|
|47||yes||yes||no||complete pocket collapse but DPI|
|48||yes||yes||no||GG gets beaten badly by swim move|
|50||yes||no||no||GB and EW both get beat 3rd and 2 at PIT 15 2:00 to play in 4Q|
|51||yes||yes||yes||Pass rusher in JD's vision unblocked - he has to throw this to hot read. Missed TP open for 1st down.|
Our Qb was pressured on 24 of the 51 passing plays - 47 percent. He was hit on 19 of those - 37 percent and sacked on seven - 14 percent.
From a blame perspective here is the tally sheet:
|Player||Times at fault for pressure|
Honestly it seemed like Elijah Wilkinson was getting beaten on every passing play, but it wasn’t that bad. Still, I would like to see what Demar Dotson can do.
Some of the time the pressure was caused by a bad play call. One example of this was the 3rd and 20 from the PIT 40 with 4:49 to go in the second quarter. Shurmur calls a play-action fake pass in this situation that has Dalton Risner pull and asks our rookie center Lloyd Cushenberry to reach the backside 4-technique.
Generally you don’t call a play-action fake on 3rd and really long. On this play pressure from #97, the 4-technique, leads to an incompletion and a (missed) 58-yard FG attempt. A small gain here makes this a much more makeable FG attempt. I honestly would have preferred running the ball here. The blocking looks like this might have gained 5-8 yards. There is a huge difference in accuracy between a 50 or even 53-yard FG attempt and a 58 yard attempt historically. That three points would have made a big difference at the end of the game (of course so would not giving up a safety).