Earlier in the year, I wrote an article explaining how Devin Bush could surpass Ryan Shazier as one of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ best linebackers. So far, in this season, he has been doing pretty well and fulfilling my prophecy. However, there has been one glaring weakness that has been exploited in every game since Week 1. Devin Bush cannot cover large receiving tight ends.
In some cases, Bush’s weakness was not that big of a deal. However, that was mainly due to the poor tight end situation of some teams. However, this Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be playing the Philadelphia Eagles. This means that Bush will have the responsibility of cover Zach Ertz, one of the better tight ends in the NFL. To add to this the Eagles, have no wide receivers and an okay running game. That means that Caron Wentz will be throwing many passes towards the middle of the field to one of his only healthy starters, Zach Ertz.
This is not an attack on Devin Bush’s coverage abilities. In fact, despite being a run-stopping linebacker, Bush has excellent coverage. However, he is more often than not, one step behind the tight end. He allows just enough space for the much bigger tight end to get a catch. While Ertz has not been producing this season with only 19 receptions for 139 yards and a touchdown, if he lines up against Devin Bush, Ertz may be in for a field day.
The only saving grace for Bush is that the Eagles have no offensive line. So, Carson Wentz may not have the time to get the ball to Ertz even if he wanted to. But if the Steelers’ pass rush is somehow unable to reach Wentz, the 5’10 Devin Bush will have to cover the 6’5 Zach Ertz. And that is not going to be pretty.