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Steelers Loss To Titans: Hard to Find A Silver Lining


By Jeremy Hritz

It’s agonizingly difficult to find a silver lining in Sunday’s defeat at the hands of the Tennessee Titans, and even upon an extremely close analysis, there may only be a thread of optimism that can be found, and that is in the fact that there are still 15 games left to play.

An effort can made to minimize the loss, but it was a home game season opener in which the Pittsburgh Steelers are normally money, against a team with a defense that in 2012 gave up points in bunches, and the Steelers could only manage to score nine.

Maybe the atrocious 0-4 preseason carried more meaning than I wanted to give it credit for, because the performance on display today in Pittsburgh, at least offensively, was, well, offensive.

The running game only mustered 32 yards, and was spearheaded by Isaac Redman, who carried eight times for nine yards. La’Rod Stephens-Howling didn’t produce any better, only adding 19 yards on six carries. And for all of the praise that Mike Tomlin heaped upon Felix Jones, he didn’t see a single rush, though he was on offense for a handful of snaps. Rather than trying to get a spark from their newly acquired runner, the Steelers stuck with Redman, who while did not benefit from any semblance of effective blocking, looked like a slower version of Rashard Mendenhall, dancing and moving east and west rather running decisively.

Le’Veon Bell has to return, and in a big way if the Steelers are going to get a jumpstart their running game, and with the injury to Howling, Jones will most likely see a few carries against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night.

The offensive line continues to suffer from bad luck, as the injury gods deemed that it was time for Maurkice Pouncey to go down with a knee. If there was one lineman that the Steelers could not afford to lose, it was Pouncey. Now, the Steelers must find some kind of serviceable solution, and it sounds as if they will do just that as Mike Tomlin did not sound certain in his post-game that he was conformable with Kelvin Beachum as his starting center for the season.

The receivers were OK, but none of them made any splash plays that changed the course of the game, though Emmanuel Sanders had a perfect opportunity on a beautiful bomb that slipped through his hands from Ben Roethlisberger in the opening drive. The bottom line is that great receivers make those types of catches.

Defensively, the Steelers were stout, though they gave up too many first downs to the running game. However, when your defense is on the field for 34 minutes, only giving up 112 yards rushing is somewhat of an accomplishment.

The pass rush was minimal, outside of the sack from LaMarr Woodley, and all in all, though they only gave up 229 total yards, but again, it was to a Titans team with an average offense.

Maybe the biggest play on defense was Jarvis Jones’ hit on running back Chris Johnson, but after that, Jones disappeared.

At the end of the day, the 2013 season opener was 2012 all over again, except that this time it was worse: three season ending injuries in Pouncey, Stephens-Howling and Larry Foote, two turnovers, an awful running game, and a franchise quarterback getting hit form all angles.

It is only one game, and yes, anything can happen, but unless the Steelers make some enormous strides in between now and next Monday night, it could be the start of a painfully horrific season.

The only thing that Steelers Nation can do right now is keep the faith.

Quick Stats

*The Steelers are 40-23 overall on Monday night, but only 16-18 when they play away.

*And lastly, in every Super Bowl win or appearance that the Steelers have ever made, they have never lost the season opener.

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  • Jeff

    Now that’s faith: even mentioning the Steeler’s SB appearances after this game. I still can’t understand why this team wasn’t more prepared for the season opener. It seemed like they felt they were playing their first preseason game. I can’t see this team making enormous strides between now & next Monday. It is going to be one horrific season.

  • bgsteelfan

    “I still can’t understand why this team wasn’t more prepared for the season opener.”

    Coaching.

  • Jeff

    I thought of a personal silver lining. My birthday is Oct. 6 which coincides with the Steelers bye week. Best birthday present this year!

  • DAYSNWAYS

    Wallace in at center, swap Gilbert and Adams back over, give Jones the ball, if that doesn’t work, we have had it..!! That was the worst we have looked in recent memory!!

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    Silver lining? I guess the best I can see right now is…
    “For the first pick in the 2014 draft the Pittsburgh Steelers select….”

  • Luke Shabro

    Really man? It’s going to be a rough season for sure but you really see us picking first in the draft? Let’s not be melodramatic

  • Luke Shabro

    It’s going to be a long season. Haley’s dink and dunk BS doesn’t work. The line of scrimmage was so crowded, nobody was open and they had no fear of the deep ball. This was worst case scenario X2. Best offensive lineman on the team down for the year. Running game was worse than non-existent. Why not put Jones in? Mike Tomlin: “He hasn’t been with the team for very long”. Who gives a damn?! LSH was hurt and Redman was getting nothing AND putting the ball on the ground. What do you have to lose? I do believe Heath being back will make a difference but I guess it won’t matter much if Ben keeps getting beat on like a redheaded step child. No physicality, p!$$ poor gameplanning and even worse execution. Handed a gift by Reynaud and we looked bush league. Crossing my fingers for an 8-8 season. I’m not one to panic after one game and I’m not saying we need to clean house but Jesus H I’m losing faith quick after an extremely lackluster preseason and the worst performace I’ve seen by the offense look since Tommy Maddox was in there in ’05. Somebody is bound to say “They’ll be riproaring mad and ready to fight next week.” False. They should’ve been fired up and ready to fight this week after a terrible 2012 season. There’s no depth throughout the roster so it’s not like it’s going to get better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.alberico.73 Andrew Alberico

    They would probably pick either another guard or a slow, fat tackle, or a 5’9″ wide receiver.

  • Weiss Chad

    I refuse to throw in the towel unless we are eliminated from playoffs.Not a good start at all and I am looking forward to winners losers column and breakdown of o line this week.Was their anything good to take from this?Is it me or did decastro straight up chop block pouncey from back?I know it wasn’t on purpose but my god what was he thinking?

  • george

    Fix the O line. That is the only problem on this team. After years of mediocracy , we put high round picks into the OL and we are rewarded with worse than before.
    Why?

  • steeltown

    Ok, so wtf was Tomlin thinking by NOT putting in Felix Jones and Will Johnson… he said post game “He’s been here for a short period of time. That maybe had an effect on our utilization of him, particularly down the stretch” WHAT?? Then why keep him over Dwyer, I thought he did enough to win the roster spot Tomlin..and on Will Johnson – “He was available to us. By the time we determined he was available, it was the latter part of the week. We had a plan kind of in place. He was there if we needed him” Well I’d say we NEEDED him, jesus Tomlin you have Will Johnson playing on special teams but NOT on Offense????

  • Soliciting Steelers

    There you go using common sense again! LOL

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    Its called exaggerated humor Luke- don’t you be so melodramatic.

  • Soliciting Steelers

    I’ve got a couple Silver Linings:
    1) Now we can sign Pouncey to an extension while he’s hurt so we can save $$

    2) We can move on from Foote like we are doing with James Harrison, might as well get the young kids some time aka Vince Williams

    3) The OL can attempt to grow with even lower expectatations

    4) Maybe Dwyer can come back but I doubt it…still stuck with Redmans guaranteed $1.3M now

    5) Of course, higher draft picks in April

  • Luke Shabro

    Everything said on the internet is 100% serious. Apologies. That’s me being a crybaby after the whomping yesterday lol

  • rizzo29

    Wasn’t Tenn D ranked one of the worst in history last year,If they can do that to the their offense,now Cincy up I really feel for Ben,maybe he should bang in sick and let Gradkowski take the snaps.

  • Shawn S.

    The only good thing I saw in this game was the play of Troy Polamalu. If everyone played with his heart and urgency, we would have won. Other than Troy, everyone else looked like they couldn’t wait to get the game over with. Like they were shell shocked. I don’t know that you can change that over the course of the season unless someone steps up as a vocal leader. I don’t hear anyone doing that. This is not going to be good.

  • Luke Shabro

    He literally cut Pouncey at the knees. I don’t think he did it on purpose but I swear it looked like he was looking right at him. Note to DeCastro, don’t cut block the people in black and gold.

  • Tim Bodamer

    Okay, my silver linings- gave up around 200 yards of offense and one touchdown on a short field. When the defense was fresh, they were getting pressure (from Keisel, Hewyard and McClendon- surprise). I think this whole offensive mess is a combination of Haley taking away Ben’s desire to throw downfield. Either Ben isn’t buy into the system or Haley not game planning for #7′s strengths.. Where is the @#$#@$R@#$ fullback? Tomlin’s explanation was a head scratcher. START VINCE WILLIAMS. The kid will be the future, make that future now… if he struggles, move Worlds to the inside. I am also concerned about Cortez Allen’s ankle. We can not have Billy Gay play the second corner. You can overcome losing a center and the 38th best buck linebacker in football, but you cannot survive if there is NO PUSH. They were playing seven guys in the box at times… also, BEN WHEN YOU SEE A BACK IN THE FLAT, START DUMPING THE BALL OFF.. ON A FIRST DOWN TO COTCHERY, STEPHENS-HOWLING WAS ALONE ON THE NORTH SHORE AND COULD HAVE RAN TO ROBINSON- HE WAS SO OPEN. I just can’t wait to see the o’line on the road.

  • treeher

    A thread of optimism is that there are 15 games left to play? I think that’s the opposite. I can’t imagine suffering through 15 more of these, which is more likely than not.

  • treeher

    I can’t wait for this season to be over. Let’s see an article on the 2014 draft. Tomlin should get his walking papers after this year.

  • Tim Bodamer

    Here’s my only hope- that the offense does improve throughout the year, a lineman like Wallace/Malecki (if he’s signed) performs admirably… and the Steelers work the short passing game (slants, dump offs, curls) more effectively. Jarvis becomes better as the season progresses and the young guys gain confidence. The defense is still a force although I find it ironic too deflected balls and we just can’t get to them. Bell comes in and is somewhat effective- at least enough to keep defenses honest. Marcus Wheaton slowly takes over Manny (I can’t catch a ball when it counts) Sanders role and they are much better in December than they were in September.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The silver lining was that the defense was really good. I felt they gave good pressure and pushed the pocket well. The defense would have been better if we had a offense. It doesn’t matter what HB you put back there so Bell will be of no use if this OL cannot block.

  • Chad H

    Changes to be made:
    1. Fire Tomlin and company
    2. Cut Gilbert and Foster
    3. Move Adams to RT
    4. Draft a tackle that can and wants to play in the NFL

    Steelers that was the worst I’ve seen. OL you are terrible. My 9 year old at 67 lbs plays OL because he blocks better than the 100 lb kids. Why because he is aggressive. You are paid millions and look like you don’t want to show up to work. Tomlin you are the coach act like it and not your players best friend.

  • Stacey

    I think the only positives I can see is that it can’t get worse than that and everybody else in the division losing. I also really need to hear from Decastro, what he was thinking. I know o-line dudes don’t do a lot of interviews but he really needs to explain himself. Like everybody else has pointed out even if somehow he thought Pouncey was a Titan player its a cut and dry penalty as well as a straight up punk move! I don’t wanna believe he would do that on purpose to a teammate and he went to Stanford so I wouldn’t think he was plain stupid, so what else could have made him do that.

  • JPDQ

    Agree that the defense was obviously the better unit, and also agree that any runner is going to have difficulty behind our line.

    But, it was Jake Locker, who I believe was dead last or second to last in QB ratings by… somebody, maybe Jaworski. I dunno, point is that Locker is not even in the middle-of-the-pack when it comes to the QBs we’re gonna face. Our D has a lot of room for improvement, too.

    And letting Lewis go so we could start Allen as his replacement? And then bringing back Gay as your 3rd CB? Well, that was another risky move that bit us in the ass. Any good QB is going to EAT HIM ALIVE!

  • Marcus

    Yes, I agree. How can consistently make the same poor clock management dissensions? He calls a timeout with 2:02 seconds left in the 4th? I have always defended him, but I have grown tired of hearing his “Standard” BS. If you constantly fail to live up to the standard it must be a preparation issue right?

  • ATL96STEELER

    The silver lining is that everyone in the DIV lost this week.

  • cencalsteeler

    The silver lining is the return of Will Johnson and Heath. Last year, Heath was our offense and we all see how much we miss him now.

  • ATL96STEELER

    LOL…it was an ugly display…I think the OL will play better…I’m concerned about the OFC with Miller…zero targets to Paulson yesterday was very telling.

  • Bell Cow

    I can say with certainty now that it was a mistake firing Bruce Arians. I’m really not sure what direction Todd Haley and the front office are trying to take this offense, but it’s not working. I can give Haley a pass for last season, but they had an entire off season to work on this playbook and it looks like a high school offense.

    They need to get up to date with the current NFL. It’s a passing league! Teams like New England, Denver, Green Bay, and New Orleans set up the run by passing first. One of the strengths of this team is their WRs, but I rarely see us in 4-5 WR sets. Our best chance of scoring points is having Ben throw out of the shotgun to Brown, Sanders, Cotchery, Wheaton, and Moye.

  • cencalsteeler

    I posted yesterday on a point you had made Luke. No physicality. Our team got bullied yesterday. Cowher implemented fierce play. I can picture him walking up and down yelling and screaming (and spit flying). Players feed off of emotion and play to the coaches style (see Lloyd, Porter, Harrison, etc.). Tomlin has the “cool” thing going over there with his sweat suit on (that really bugs me. As a coach you should dress like a coach, not like your on IR). Tomlin is good coach, but he is missing implementing the fear factor in his coaching. Take a page out of Bill’s playbook, the talent is there, the fierceness is not.

  • ELIJAH

    Haley offense stinks bad playcallin.

  • Patrick J Brophy

    Why fire Tomlin? Knee jerk reactions are for Raiders fans.

  • Luke Shabro

    I agree wholeheartedly. I think the cool, calm approach is good at times but those guys were playing like garbage and instead of giving them an earful he was just hanging out on the side. At that point in the game I’d take some penalties for late hits just to establish some semblance of a fear factor. James Harrison’s play fell dramatically but I know he wouldn’t put up with that.

  • Shawn S.

    Great point about 4-5 wides. That’s a nice group of threats if we put Ben in shotgun.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Left tackle at 1.6, a center at 2.38, and 2 more lineman with our compensatory picks. In with the new, out with the bad, those guys suck.

  • Chad H

    A trend was started 3 years ago. Pay attention to what’s going on. Tomlin had success in the beginning with another coaches staff, players and scheme. RB coach ineffective, OL coach ineffective. Haley I don’t think can play call to this teams strengths. Defense coaching is still doing a good job but this is not Tomlins coaching staff. This is not a knee jerk reaction a trend is started. Are you watching the same games as everyone else?

  • JPDQ

    I can see how you make that point, but the reality is that Ben will get murdered trying to play a style of offense like that. That was Arians’ undoing – that he refused to tweak his play calling for the greater good, which was to prolong Ben’s career. And Ben was getting killed.

    I hated Arians – still do. Hated his style of playcalling – still do. You can run in this league, you just have to have a slightly better than average offensive line. I expected Haley’s offense to be running more smoothly by now, but it’s not. I think it all goes back to the O-line, no matter what style of offense you run. Look at New England – those guys have a productive offense year in and year out no matter who runs or catches the ball. Because they’ve got Brady and he knows how and when to get rid of the football.

    Steelers can’t run ANY kind of offense if they can’t block and open up running lanes OR protect the QB. You have to do one or the other, at least. Doesn’t matter who calls the plays otherwise.

  • Patrick J Brophy

    The same was said of Cowher.
    And this myth that Arians would still be in Pitt this year is insane. He had to buttered up to return the year before by Ben, and how long is a SB winning OC going to stay a OC? The honest answer is not long. Move on. Everyone hated Arians and now he is a savior so insane.
    WE LOST ONE GAME. THE WHOLE DIVISION LOST. Honestly you could chalk up that game as a preseason game with terrible injuries that we have to adjust to.

  • Patrick J Brophy

    Haley’s offense almost beat the Steelers in the SB.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    You are quite the optimist. “years of mediocrity” Maybe my memory is bad but I’m thinking it’s been years of stink.

  • Bell Cow

    Denver, Green Bay, Atlanta, New Orleans and Indianapolis all have average to below average offensive lines that are also depleted right now. Yet, they find ways to score points. Todd Haley is not utilizing the strengths of this team which is Big Ben and the WRs and his play calling is too dull and predictable. Also, Ben will take hits no matter what offensive line he plays behind because he always tries to keep plays alive. That’s what we all love/hate about him.

  • Bell Cow

    Kurt Warner was the reason that team had success. After he left, the whole team, including Todd Haley, went downhill.

  • Patrick J Brophy

    Well in that case I think Ben is twice the QB Kurt ever was.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Not only has Tomlin has developed very few good football players, the Steelers are losing character, reputation, and professional swagger (not this punk a$$ swagger A. Brown has).

    I would quietly tell Mr. Tomlin that the moment this team is mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, so too is his job.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    First place BABY!….or is it last place?

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Firing Bruce Arians is about as far away from a mistake as you can get. Now, hiring Todd Haley has Error written all over it.

  • Luke Shabro

    It’s been covered by a top 5 QB. If that was a drop back passer without Ben’s escapability, he’d be dead

  • Luke Shabro

    Thank God Bill Cowher didn’t have to deal with Twitter and the amount of coverage going on now when he went through the rough years. He would’ve been run out of town. I’m not happy either but everybody needs to take a chill pill

  • Luke Shabro

    He makes them actually cover the middle of the field

  • Luke Shabro

    We could’ve had Jim Caldwell :/ Although the Ravens O wasn’t looking so hot the other night

  • Luke Shabro

    Run 1st down, run 2nd down, pass 3rd down. 3 and out. Rinse and repeat. So tired of the predictability

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Silver lining: Suisham didn’t have to kick after opening kickoff. This was a team effort, they didn’t want to ask him to kick a fg or kickoff again. It was quite noble of them to suck for 59 minutes to protect their kicker.

  • Bell Cow

    Okay… Bruce Arians was coach of the year last season in Indianapolis. He helped take a 1 win to team to the playoffs.

  • sean mcmartin

    My silver lining is all tarnished. Tomlin has destroyed a once great team.
    he is weak leader and does not know how to run a Top Tier Football team.I don’t care if he’s purple or red, he sucks

  • JPDQ

    I don’t think you can say our WRs are a “strength” – not by a long shot. And with two first rounders and two second rounders on O-line, that unit most definitely SHOULD be our main strength. I don’t blame Haley for trying to implement an offense that employs a running attack when you’ve “supposedly” got that kind of talent on the line. And keeps Ben upright.

    But, if your high draft line sucks as bad as they did yesterday and last year and the year before, as I said, it’s not gonna matter what offense you run. It’s putrid. Ben doesn’t think or look or throw the ball like Rodgers, Brees, Ryan or Manning, so to compare him to those guys is a bit apples to oranges, in my mind.

  • sean mcmartin

    Cencal,,I fully agree with you.
    The Nasty D is gone from Pittsburgh, and it starts with the head coach. Cowher had a way to motivate a team to play, They were always geared up for a monday night game, Doubt we will see any fire in their collective unit this Monday. Those days are gone. and the Tomlin faithful will eventually fall off as this trend continues.
    With the Rooney way of not firing the head coach. This could be years of bad play and bad teams..
    Tomlin is ok for running HR or PR. not coaching..He didnt earn a spot he interviewed well apparently.
    Ben is as good as gone unless they do three TE sets and shotgun every snap. which we know wont happen.

  • Bell Cow

    Ok, so keep trying to run the ball and see what happens…. Keep in mind, the last time we won a Super Bowl our running game was ranked in the 20′s. The New York Giants won a Super Bowl ranked 32nd in running.

    If the WR’s arent’s a strength, then what is? Our offensive line? Running backs? Tight Ends? The WRs clearly appear to be a strength compared to those positions.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    I thought it was a penalty too, but I guess 2 O-lineman are allowed to cut block. It’s a chop block if a RB is involved. Cheap crap regardless.

  • JPDQ

    I don’t think we DO have a strength on offense other than Ben. But he isn’t the offense by himself, and sending four and five wide receivers out with this line is gonna get him killed. That’s all I’m saying.

  • Bell Cow

    I can agree with that. It’s ashame these high draft pick linemen aren’t performing well. We need to get younger on defense but we’ll keep having to spend high draft picks to fix this offense.

  • TxSteeler

    Exactly. Nothing wrong with Haley’s play calling. You can have the best OC in the history of football but if the O line doesn’t execute by run and pass blocking then you won’t move the chains. It’s mind boggling how ineffective they are for the ‘talent’ we have. As for Ben, you’re 100% correct. How many times in the past 4 or 5 years have I seen Mendy standing alone 5 yards past the first down marker and Ben tries for a home run bomb. That’s always been Ben’s problem, he HAS to be the hero.

  • Marcus

    Arians was run outta town for not running enough and taking to many sacks. Rooney’s want to play 1950′s football, so I think Haley has to appease the powers that be. I agree with you though, and I think they need to pass to set up the run. This O-line is not good enough to run down teams throats.

  • cencalsteeler

    After yesterdays Niner win, Harbaugh was telling his team to continue to play championship football and keep the “eye of the Tiger”.
    Immediately after the Steeler game, I switched to the Niner – Packer game. What a difference in “swagger” between the two games.
    Also, love Ben as a QB, but his emotions carry through the team. It’s very understandable he gets frustrated, but he needs to mask that more. He is the leader and a captain and if he shows frustration, it will trickle down throughout the team.

  • Bell Cow

    Nothing wrong with Haley’s play calling? Are you kidding me? Run, Run, pass. Screen pass on 3rd down and 12? I understand the line sucks, but the play calling is no better. Poor Offensive Line + Todd Haley’s offensive scheme = DISASTER!

  • Bell Cow

    Completely agree. The front office is so terrified to get Ben hurt that they’re trying to be overly conservative. You can’t win games with the traditional running offense anymore.

  • TxSteeler

    So, lets go with pass, sack, pass, sack, Double reverse for a loss. It starts and ends with the O line, period. If they don’t execute then no play will work. Understand?

  • sean mcmartin

    Again I agree. I remember when the Steelers had the “Swagger” like the niners do today, Each and Every Tomlin fan needed to watch that game, Even Tomlin himself should be watching the championship teams of the Steelers past and current day Top tier teams and Learn from it.
    Haley even came over with a reputation of being a hot head and we don’t see it in him either.
    This coaching staff no matter what color of skin they have, does not have the right formula for coaching and building players in the NFL. This cripples a team that relies on building through the draft and not even trying for proven FA’s.
    ben needs a motorcycle and a divorce ..landry looked faster and lighter on his feet like craperneck from the niners..ben is obviously not buying into the program. hard choices to make here.

  • sean mcmartin

    It looked to me like a designed cut block, decastro aimed and lowered his head and pouncey got the full brunt of the hit. not sure if pouncey was being handled by his man and turned around or just bad luck. It was a legal play.

  • sean mcmartin

    Ben doesn’t seem like he is fired up to play. maybe he is having a hard time hiding how pissed off he is about the talent drain from his once competitive team.
    and has just realized his career will be over and it will end like this. I wouldn’t blame him if he wants to be traded this or next season. Tomlin and haley Suck,
    Bill Cowher got into it with Tom Donahue and he won the battle. Tomlin is a corporate puppet, always towing the company line and no guts to stand up and lead. Great hire for the Steelers bad hire for the fans. if Im wrong, go watch the niners game yesterday and the Steelers games when we had a Defense just like them but better.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Happy B-Day on that day Jeff..!! Patriots v Bengals on Oct. 6 depending on how the season looks at that point you may find yourself rooting for one of those teams….can’t believe I just said that. Well they could always play to a tie, it can happen just ask Donovan McNabb.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    That seems to be the problem with this organization. Hanging on to players longer than they should. I agree with 1.6 at this rate thats about where we’ll be picking.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    And all the media heads we’re saying how bad the Jets are prior to this weekend. At least the Giants looked equally as atrocious as the Steelers so that should deflect some negative attention from the Steelers.

  • Bell Cow

    The offensive line sucks, but when is the last time we had a good offensive line? We went to a Super Bowl against Green Bay with an injury plagued, average-below average offensive line with a running game that was ranked in the 20′s. The Super Bowl team against Arizona was also an average-below average offensive line with a minimal running game.

    I agree that Ben needs to improve, but you’re not going to change him at this point in his career. Ben is a QB who likes to get the ball down field. He’s also really good in the no huddle offense. In my opinion, our best chances this season of putting points on the board is to play no huddle out of the shotgun in 4-5 WR sets to spread out the defense. At least playing out of the shotgun would give Ben an extra 1-2 seconds to make a play.

  • Bell Cow

    Kurt Warner was a 2 Time NFL MVP and 1 Super Bowl MVP. He’s likely going to be in the Hall of Fame someday so I wouldn’t consider Ben, “twice the QB Kurt ever was”.

  • cencalsteeler

    Steeltown! You got a good chuckle out of me! You are so even keeled all the time and always look at the positive things, which I appreciate. But, it is good to see you get your blood pressure up once in a while. Loved your post so much I read it 3 times! Keep it up!!!
    BTW, I think your guy McClendon should have got player of the week. Sorry Ben, not enough to justify that in my book.

  • charles

    That is the irony: Tomlins groups that he coached before he came to Pittsburgh were big, fast, and hard hitting. The fierceness declined for the Steelers with all those unnnecessary roughness calls the last couple of years.

  • charles

    I saw the same thing, we need to look at that tape carefully

  • charles

    Legal?

  • TxSteeler

    We did go to a super bowl with an injury plagued average-below average line, but we lost. I stated after that game we would not win another SB until we revamped our line. The O line we had against the cards was average at best but compaired to the line we have now, they were great. And you are correct, Ben will not change. That’s my beef about him, he has to be the hero instead of placing the team first, whatever it takes to get the ball in the end zone even if it means he doesn’t get 300 yrds a game passing. This is what keeps him from being a top five QB. I also agree we need to run the no huddle as often as possible. Been likes it and he’s great at it. That’s one thing I have against Haley. And I agree again that we need to spread the defense. Most teams that don’t have a good O line do it to give them a chance to score.

  • charles

    Like to see a little fire Steeltown.
    Could also be that Munchak knows good linemen better than Tomlin or Colbert.
    I do think that players and FANS underestimated Tennesee.
    Still, though this is the first game and offenses get better as the season progresses.
    In the last few years (the Tomlin, Colbert era specifically) the Steelers have come out flat against lower tier teams and here too, it looks like Munchak had his team beter motivated. This is not a talent measure but an effort measure by the coach and there is no excuse for it and the standard is the standard better start stainding taller….

  • charles

    Look long and hard at Colbert.

  • charles

    DeCastro wants to play in Seattle

  • Reader783

    Tough to see the offense doing much of anything, but with the defense playing like they did yesterday, you never know what this team can do. Defense has won us many a championship

  • charles

    Put in Moye. He is the wideout version of Heath.

  • sean mcmartin

    ben needs to get pissed off and forget about egos and lay into anyone not getting the job done. He pouts and defies instead of running the show.

  • sean mcmartin

    Same Tomlin who wouldnt pull Ben in the Niner game when he was getting pummeled.

  • sean mcmartin

    Well he acts like he knows it all, and now fans are starting to realize its the same tired cliches..nothing gets fixed ,its always excuses from the corporate puppet.

  • sean mcmartin

    Colbert missed on this class, some injuries he can’t control like spence. I think lewis was good wallace was good, but the salary cap is supposedly to blame for letting the talent walk.
    No excuse for the energy levels in these players,(troy excluded) watch other top tier teams like niners D and that is the standard I have become accustomed to as a Steelers Fan.
    They have no fire, It must be they are not buying into Tomlins “The Standard” message anymore. I have more passion for the black and gold than some of these so called players.

  • TsarPepe

    The only silver lining: all teams in our division lost…

  • sean mcmartin

    I only hope Mr. Rooney watched this pile of C**P and then turned on the Packers vs Niners game and saw aggressive competitive Fire (Swagger) that the Steelers used to have. and compare that to what he has now with Tomlin.
    Its not about the wins or loss comparison. Its about having your team ready to play on gameday and not just ready to play, ready to make the other team hurt for 60 minutes. Hit and Hit and when your done hit again. Mean joe Greene anyone???
    If your not going to be competitive you might as well make every team pay for every yard gained.

  • sean mcmartin

    Thank god we do have it. lets us all gripe to each other and not have to hold it in. 61,000 home fans booing the Steelers you knew these pages would light up and it’s good to know we are all into the Steelers enough to have opinions about their individual and collective performances.
    Thanks to every fan on here for making the Steelers Experience way more interesting. and of course,
    Thanks to The Depot..

  • charles

    I hear you loud and clear. There were two things I was hoping people would see. One was Munchak and the Titans taking two years and actually finding TALENT on the Oline. The other were Colberts doings both in Woodley’s contract and AB’s. I don’t care for Lamar period but I like AB. Howevver both contracts that Colbert negotiated put us in a salary cap bind AND we have gotten no production for our money out of either. That may explain why we have greenhorns across the Oline.

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