Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Coates Could Help Free Brown Somebody Must Step Up Sunday If Ravens Triple-Team Star Wr Again

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Coates Could Help Free Brown Somebody Must Step Up Sunday If Ravens Triple-Team Star Wr Again

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How the Baltimore Ravens defense stopped the Steelers offense in their first meeting in November does not seem possible.

Antonio Brown said the Ravens triple-teamed him. In the meantime, they put eight defenders around the line of scrimmage to take away Le'Veon Bell.

Since there are only 11 on defense, shouldn't that leave some wide-open gaps for others to exploit?

"You would think so," Ben Roethlisberger said Wednesday. "We're used to teams having at least one, sometimes two and maybe a third guy keeping an eye on A.B. We need other guys to step up and be big this week, for sure."

But once again, the Steelers might have lost one of those guys capable of stepping up. Tight end Ladarius Green remains in concussion protocol and might not play. He did not play in Baltimore Nov. 6 because headaches kept him on the physically unable to perform list.

The Ravens were prepared to take away Brown and Bell and let someone else beat them in Baltimore, and they ran to a 21-0 fourth-quarter lead before winning, 21-14. Why would they do anything different Christmas Day in Heinz Field?

Bell had his lowest output of the season with just 32 yards rushing to go with 38 receiving. Brown caught seven passes for 85 yards and a touchdown, but he had just two receptions for 9 yards well into the fourth quarter.

"They know if they double-team those two guys, they win," guard Ramon Foster said. "They took away the running game and you had to get away from that, and, when you do, you're behind, your primary choice is A.B., you double him. and other guys are not making plays. That's what it boils down to, whether that's protection not holding up or skill guys."

So if the Ravens defense comes in with the same script - and, again, why wouldn't they? - who might be one of those other skill players who can step up, as Roethlisberger stated?

How about Sammie Coates?

Remember him? He's had two catches for 14 yards since his left hand was torn up in the fifth game against the New York Jets. Through the first five games, he was the one tearing up defenses. He had 19 receptions for 421 yards, and he still averages more than 20 yards a catch. …

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