While the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense faltered late in the season, leading the team to a 12-4 mark and a quick exit in the playoffs, the team’s defense continued to be a force in the league.
One big player who has changed how the team has played the last two years is first-team All-Pro selection free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick was dealt to the Steelers back on September 16th, 2019 as the team was slumping following the loss of franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the second week of the season.
In the deal, Miami sent Pittsburgh Fitzpatrick, a 2020 fourth-round pick and a 2021 seventh-round pick in exchange for a first- and fifth-round pick in 2020 and 2021 sixth-round pick.
Since he joined the defense, the Steelers have turned the corner the last two seasons. Of course, the 2021 season is expected to bring a number of challenges to the Steelers and their defense, but they are going to be ready for them.
“I don’t think too much is going to change,” Fitzpatrick said during Pittsburgh’s offseason program. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
The Steelers’ pass defense was very good in 2020, as they were third in the league in allowing passing yards, and they tied for the league lead with 18 interceptions.
With Fitzpatrick coming back for a hopeful third straight All-Pro season, the Steelers’ defense should be a force again this upcoming season.