T.J. Watt is trying to hold the Steelers defense together

When Watt doesn’t get pressure, the Steelers lose. Seems simple enough.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have expended loads of draft capital to build a defense that harkened back to the Steel Curtain era of the 1970s. Since 2013, every one of the team’s first-round draft picks has been a defensive player. Between 2014 and 2017, nine of their 13 Day 1 or Day 2 selections were defenders.

It was a common sense strategy that aimed to complement an already-explosive offense. And in 2017 it finally...


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