Dick LeBeau: No-huddle has 'rattled' Steelers' D

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The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense got gashed in the second half of Sunday's last-second win over the Cleveland Browns.

Dick LeBeau's unit allowed two rookie running backs to scamper all over and rarely got pressure on quarterback Brian Hoyer as the Browns erased a 24-point deficit.

The Steelers' struggles mirrored those seen in the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The similarity in those two contests was the prolific use of the no-huddle offense.

"What we've shown is if you want to huddle and play against us we'll do fine, but this no-huddle (offense) has given us some problems," Troy Polamalu said, per the team's official website. "We have to do something to rectify that. Coach LeBeau is the genius of all defensive coordinators, and he'll figure it out."

Several times Sunday it appeared the Steelers were out of place or late getting aligned. LeBeau citied communication issues as a big reason his defense struggled.

"It was a big issue," he said. "We became a little bit rattled, and we can't allow that to happen, and we're working on that. To me that was the biggest issue. We didn't give ourselves a chance and it showed."

On Thursday, the Steelers face the rival Baltimore Ravens. Joe Flacco's squad only ran no-huddle at the ends of the halves Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. However, given the Steelers' struggles, Polamalu expects the Ravens to go up-tempo more often.

"I certainly do," he said. "Our two worst games, no doubt, have been against a hurry-up deal. So we're going to see it until we handle it."

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