Through six games, the Pittsburgh Steelers have the best pass defense in the NFL.
They are giving up only 154 net yards in the air per game. One reason for their improvement is the addition of veteran cornerback Joe Haden. A former Pro Bowl performer, the Browns released him in August, and then the Steelers signed him to their young, athletic unit.
However, even as one of older players in the huddle, Haden has taken a lot of time to learn from his teammates, both the seasoned veterans and young up and comers.
“Coming here I wanted to get with the experienced guys, Mike Mitchell and [William] Gay — and even Sean Davis and Artie Burns, they’re young but they’ve played a whole lot — I was more into just trying to understand the flow,” Haden said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gene Collier. “Now after six weeks I’m able to have more of an input on how I see things and how I think it will be able to help our defense.”
Haden has started all six games for the Steelers this season. He hasn’t intercepted any passes, but has shown that he still has plenty gas left in the tank. This offseason signing may be the one that pushes the Steelers over that last hump to a Super Bowl championship.
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