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Curtains for the new Steel Curtain? Pittsburgh defense searching for answers

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    FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2013, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau stands on the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh. The Steelers defense that has been one of the best under Lebeau for over a decade is now struggling and looking for answers after giving up a team record number of points and total offense in a 55-31 loss to the New England Patriots on Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)The Associated Press

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    FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2013, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau paces the sideline in front of some of the defense during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh. The Steelers defense that has been one of the best under Lebeau for over a decade is now struggling and looking for answers after giving up a team record number of points and total offense in the 55-31 loss to the New England Patriots on Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)The Associated Press

Troy Polamalu believes he knows what's wrong with the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. And it has nothing to do with Hall of Fame coordinator Dick LeBeau.

Polamalu says the players are being put in the right positions to make plays, they're just not making them. The Steelers enter Sunday's game against Buffalo at 2-6 after surrendering 55 points and 610 yards in a loss last week to New England.

Safety Ryan Clark says the Steelers don't have to defend LeBeau and that his resume speaks for itself. Pittsburgh has finished No. 1 in the NFL in total defense five times in the last decade. The Steelers are 12th heading into Sunday's game against Buffalo (3-6), a spot Clark says other teams would love to be in.

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