How Minkah Fitzpatrick Saved The Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Hey, Ambush Sports Network readers it’s me again and today I’m doing something different. Today, instead of doing a player to watch, I will be talking about how safety, Minkah Fitzpatrick, saved the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

 

 

Who is Minkah Fitzpatrick?

Minkah Fitzpatrick was born on November 17, 1996, and went to college at the University of Alabama from 2015-2017. Fitzpatrick won 2 college football national championships at Alabama. Fitzpatrick decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the 2018 NFL Draft, where he was picked up in the first round by the Miami Dolphins.

 

Pittsburgh Before Fitzpatrick

Pittsburgh started 0-2, losing to the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. Pittsburgh traded for Fitzpatrick during week three of the 2019-2020 NFL Season. Here are the defense rankings before Minkah Fitzpatrick was traded to Pittsburgh Steelers.

24th in yards per play

27th in 1st down percentage

21st in turnover percentage

27th in touchdown allowed percentage

25th in field goal percentage

30 1st downs allowed

32nd in interceptions

12th in sacks

27th punts allowed

 

Also, the Steelers drafted Devin Bush LB from Michigan as well

Minkah Fitzpatrick Era

The Steelers traded a 1st round pick to the Dolphins for Fitzpatrick. After the trade, the Steelers went 8-5. With Minkah Fitzpatrick the Steelers got basically better overnight. Here is the defensive rankings after the Steelers acquired Minkah Fitzpatrick.

3rd in yards per play

4th in 1st down percentage

1st in turnover percentage

2nd in touchdown allowed

5th in field goals allowed

8th in 1st downs allowed

1st in interceptions

2nd in sacks

6th in punts forced

 

Conclusion

In my opinion, Minkah Fitzpatrick basically saved Mike Tomlin’s job because they were probably going to fire him and defensive coach Keith Butler. In a “show me now” league, even great coaches like Tomlin can hit the hot seat in a slow year. If you guys look at the stats and the development of LB T.J Watt and DE Cam Hayward, Fitzpatrick deserves a big huge payday when his contract expires.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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