There wasn’t much in the way of actual offense in Saturday’s Giants-Steelers preseason game, save a 57-yard pitch and catch between Eli Manning and Victor Cruz late in the first quarter.
The kneejerk reaction was to blame Will Gay, who was in coverage on the play, but the Steelers appeared to be playing Cover-2 man under, which meant that Gay was right where he needed to be. It also means that Troy Polamalu blew the coverage. We know this because Troy admitted as much.
“I was guessing,” Polamalu said, via Bouchette.
That explains this:
The Steelers are in a Cover-2 look (Ryan Clark, near the line of scrimmage at the top of the screen, moves back into a more traditional Cover 2 shell just before the snap) and it appears Troy thinks Manning will goe outside on 3rd and short. Manning does in fact look that way before resetting his feet and hitting Cruz on a seam route. Gay, to his credit, appeared to be in good position because, you know, he was expecting help over the top.
“The good part, to be honest, is I know I can correct those mistakes,” Polamalu continued. “It’s tough when you have to rely on other people to correct their mistakes. It’s nice that I’m a weakness at this point.
“I made a mistake that I know I have to correct and that’s huge. It’s better than making it in Week 1. But there’s also part of the preseason where you have to get a feel for what you can get away with and what you can’t get away with. So we learned a lot, speaking for the first-team defense, for sure.”
Shorter version: Nothing to worry about. Advice, by the way, that I’m sure will keep you all from worrying.