The Pittsburgh Steelers defense is a top 5 unit in the NFL right now, but they aren’t the same defense that was a top 5 defense in 2019. One of the biggest changes has been the defense against deep passes. The Steelers were the best defense in the NFL in 2019 at defending deep passes, in 2020 they are mediocre.
This coincides with Minkah Fitzpatrick having a very tame stat line with no interceptions or passes defended so far this season. A top playmaker for the 2019 season, he hasn’t shown up in the stat sheets or the highlights in 2020.