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Patriots’ AFC Title Game Blowout Prompted Steelers To Revamp Their Secondary

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After getting manhandled by the in the AFC Championship Game, the are making some changes to their defense.

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Pittsburgh plans to utilize more man coverage this season, cornerback told reporters Wednesday, moving away from the zone scheme that jersey and the Patriots so easily exploited in January.

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The Steelers allowed just 30 total points in the 2016 wild-card and divisional rounds but were torched for 36 at Gillette Stadium in the AFC title game. Brady completed 32 of 42 passes for a Patriots playoff-record 384 yards and three touchdowns in the 36-17 victory, and wide receiver caught nine balls for 180 yards (another franchise record) and two scores.

Wholesale Mike Mitchell jersey “We had a good game plan going in there, and they played zone,” Hogan said after the game. “And after that, after we kind of knew what they were doing, we just … (offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels) was calling good plays, and Tom was able to find the open guys.”

The Steelers made moves to bolster their secondary this offseason, drafting cornerbacks Cam Sutton and Brian Allen and adding corner and safety in free agency. Burns, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2016, should take a step forward in Year 2.

Pittsburgh should be better equipped to play more man coverage this season, as Burns and Sutton both were press corners in college. They’ll need to if they hope to slow down the Patriots, who added jersey to their already-explosive receiving corps.

“It’s always some opening in a zone defense,” Burns said. “It’s someone who missed a drop, or it’s always some loop in a zone defense. To be able to play man, to get a guy right in someone’s chest with the pressure, it affects the quarterback a little bit.”

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