Blake Bortles’ wheels a concern for Steelers

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The Steelers are worried about Blake Bortles. No, really.

The Jaguars quarterback got their attention with his 88 rushing yards last week against the Bills, even though he only threw for 87 . The fact he proved so mobile in the playoffs gives them something extra to worry about as they prepare for this week’s divisional round game.

You’ve got to make sure you account for Bortles,” linebacker Bud Dupree said, via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We’ve got to make sure we don’t let him scramble, that we’re disciplined in our rush lanes and make sure we bring him down.

“He’s a great athlete. He runs fast. He can make you miss. He’s big, and he even tries to run you over sometimes.”

That’s Blake Bortles he’s talking about. The Jaguars quarterback. Of course, he showed a less-flashy version of his mobile self in Jacksonville’s regular season upset, and they remember him scrambling for a first-down conversion along with the damage rookie running back Leonard Fournette did.

“He might not be the fastest guy in the world,” cornerback Joe Haden said, “but it you get a first down on third-and-8 or third-and-9, those kill a defense.”

He did have 323 rushing yards this season, seventh among NFL quarterbacks, and by gaining 144 of those on first downs, he set the stage for good down-and-distance situations. But he’s still Blake Bortles, which made the rushing yards last week a surprise, and not the most important stat for the Jaguars.

18 responses to “Blake Bortles’ wheels a concern for Steelers

  1. Hit Bortles hard enough to keep him in the game, If Henne has to come in he has some idea how to pass the football…

  2. I still can’t get over the fact that he rushed for more yards than he threw, with less than 200 yards total. How is that possible in the NFL??

  3. I’m pretty sure the Steelers do NOT need to worry about Blake Bortles.
    That’s like the Falcons needing to worry about Nick Foles.

  4. No idea how this guy was able to scramble against Buffalo. My grandmother would beat him in the 40. This guy stinks period. Taylor for Buffalo would be a great 2nd string QB, even Taylor is better than Bust Bortles. Pittsburgh will destroy these guys and I hope they do.

  5. Bortles is at minimum the 3rd NFL QB to win a playoff game with more rushing yards than passing, not the first and only. Bob Griese and Mike Vike also did that while playing on teams with really good defenses……so of course it’s possible! If you assume that the only way your opponent can beat you is with getting turnovers, which the Jags assumed about the Bills, then you make sure that they don’t get any and you win with a Great defense while your QB does what he has to do….this isn’t new or complicated.

  6. What the joke. Steelers will hang a 50 burger on Jags, unless the rest their players.
    AFC only has two good teams.

  7. Bortles is 4th all-time in yards per rush by QBs. Behind only Douglass, Cunningham, Vick.

    I’m not saying he’s Aaron Rodgers, but those that keep saying “he’s Blake Bortles” will have that dumb look on their face when he runs for a few key first downs that may or may not prove the difference in the game.

  8. The Jags are built on defense and running the ball. Bortles found a way to be successful when the opposing team shutdown Fournette.

  9. Wheels, sheesh, the guy runs like a Clydesdale. If the Bills D-line had any contain discipline whatsoever, Bortles wouldn’t have run for squat.

  10. It would be hilarious if Bortles do what Tebow did to the Steelers. The Steelers will sell out to stop the run and dare Bortles to throw the football. Tebow did and knocked the Steelers out of the playoffs.

  11. billswillnevermove says:
    January 10, 2018 at 9:47 am

    No idea how this guy was able to scramble against Buffalo. My grandmother would beat him in the 40. This guy stinks period. Taylor for Buffalo would be a great 2nd string QB, even Taylor is better than Bust Bortles. Pittsburgh will destroy these guys and I hope they do.
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    No Idea? How about the Bill’s defense stinking up the place. “Bust” Bortles busted them up.

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