Steelers Play Breakdown: Moye Missed The Ball And Roethlisberger Missed Brown

Thanks to the all-22 film that is now offered by, it is easier than ever to Monday morning quarterback plays that aren’t successful. A few people have now asked me to look at the fourth quarter incomplete pass to wide receiver Derek Moye on third down from the Baltimore Ravens 20 yard-line as they feel quarterback Ben Roethlisberger should have went underneath to wide receiver Antonio Brown instead.

When you look at the several screen grabs an animated gifs below, you will see the Ravens are playing man coverage across and that rookie linebacker Arthur Brown is lined up in the slot against Antonio Brown. Arthur Brown appears to be Antonio Brown’s hot read in this situation and the Steelers wide receiver reads it well and breaks toward the middle of the field which is vacated by the Ravens rushing inside linebackers.

The use of the vertical route run by tight end Heath Miller allows him to pick Ravens safety Matt Elam, so Antonio Brown would have only had safety James Ihedigbo left to beat for the touchdown and at worst the Steelers have a new set of downs.

As far as Moye goes, he never had good separation from Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb. Sure, the pass was thrown perfect and Moye should have caught it, but he didn’t. This decision was basically made by Roethlisberger prior to the snap of the ball and it was a feast or famine shot. Did he miss the read on Arthur Brown?

A touchdown on this drive would have been huge.

I doubt Roethlisberger will be asked about it Wednesday, but it would be interesting to hear his thoughts about what he saw on the play.






  • T R

    OMG Antonio was wide open. Hell Antonio might juked for a touchdown there himself… good lawd.. but still a great pass by Ben.. but to a rookie who missed it.. ooo take the easy pass. LOL i say that now.. but that TD woudl been nice by Moye…. wow nice to see that Dave, aint notice antonio was so wide open after the pick by miller. …

  • cencalsteeler

    I agree Dave. Ben predetermined he was going to Moye. Can’t really blame him though. He was probably salivating at the one on one match up, coupled with Moye’s height advantage.

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  • thatninjab

    Roethlisberger made the right pre-snap read, when that safety did not cover deep he had a 6-6 WR versus a 5-10 CB. Considering the situation I can forgive his tunnel vision.

  • r4kolb

    My question is what was Ihedigbo reading there? Ben looked at Moye the whole way. Ihedigbo was on that side of the hash why didn’t he break earlier? Good thing the ball hawk Ed Reed is gone he would have read Bens eyes. So really Ben I think did miss the read. I would think Ben would know Ihedigbo may have over the top coverage on Moye not? I have no problem with Ben throwing it if he had man coverage though due to the size advantage Moye had. Plus it should have been caught and I guess we wouldn’t be talking about it now.

  • Dr. Doom

    Butter fingers

  • Cash44

    This is extremely nit picky. Watch ben’s head. The decision wasnt made pre-snap, it was made post-snap when the safety reacts the way he wants for his first read: Moye. Moye has the sideline, a step, and the height advantage. Ben throws a perfect ball. Should have been six. Hindsight of blaming ben for a no catch by Moye is weak.

    Would you rather ben go through all progressions before coming back to the correct one on all passes? Or react quickly after he finds his first good read?

  • James Wilson

    Brown’s open because the DB over him blitzed. Ben can’t predict that.

  • Shawn S.

    Ben made the right decision in throwing to Moye. Remember Moye had a big TD catch in the same spot against the Bengals in week 2, and earlier in this game he had a monster catch where he climbed the ladder and hauled in a big reception, hanging on despite landing on his head. Plus, this is why Moye is here, right? He’s our new red zone target with major height. Brown was a good secondary option, but Ben made the right call in going to his first option, Moye.

  • Ken

    If he catches the pass no one is talking about this. I like Moye though, hopefully he will bounce back and show something before Wheaton removes him from the lineup.

  • dgh57

    It was third down on this play therefore unless you already have plans in place to go for it on fourth down he should of went with the higher percentage throw to Brown. If Ben didn’t see Brown then ok go to Moye.

  • Apexsimba

    It was a pretty good looking play except for the result. Ben saw Pre-snap that he had a good match-up on the outside so he looked off the safety and made a perfect throw. If Derek Moye does what he’s paid to do we wouldn’t be reading this article right now.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Can’t excuse Moye on that play he got his hands on a perfect ball by Ben but if he hits brown that’s an easy one cut TD.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Derrick moye always have been an overhead catcher, that’s why teams viewed him as a redzone target, nothing more. Not that he can’t develop into anything more but… this throw was more of a risk move than reward as Moye was out of his footings and catching radius.

  • Virdin Barzey

    I think this has been Ben’s achilles’s heel. He determines pre-snap whether he’s going deep or not. If he’s going deep, he will try to look off the safety but he’s going for it regardless and he will never look underneath.

    If he’s not going deep pre-snap he’s looking for the guy underneath regardless if there is someone open going deep. This is where I think Ben needs to improve. I’m not down on him, just stating where in his game he has to grow.

    The top guys go thru their progressions quickly and can put the ball on the money whether deep or short. Not sure Ben can do it especially with a suspect o-line. I know he can read defenses but it would be nice if he can go thru his progression much quicker and be more accurate in finding the open man.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    This! What down it was on matter most; this throw resulted in a FG. Despite a good catch against Bengals, Derrick Moye is essentially a rookie and you don’t do that on third down. You try to move the chain, throw Moye on next down for all I care but not 3rd down.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I was looking at that and it seemed Ben knew he was going to Moye but he didn’t actually turn his head fully towards Moye till he threw the ball. That is what it looked like to me.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    good call Cash.

  • cencalsteeler

    Exactly. If he continued to go through all the reads, we would be seeing extend a play Ben. He made the right decision and it was timing based. Moye just dropped it. Plus, it was a three step drop. If it was a seven, he’d have more time to read the D. If it’s a three step drop, he needs to read the D presnap and get rid of the ball.

  • Steve

    Good point. Always thought the same and that Ben needs to look the field over for the open reciever.

  • r4kolb

    Hard to tell but I think you are right. Looks like he tried to and successfully looked off Ihedigbo, or at least froze him, then went to Moye. Like I said, hard to blame Ben, should have been 6.

  • Virdin Barzey

    These are the kinds of improvement that I’m expecting Haley to get Ben to grow in. I get concerned when I hear Ben saying stuff like “I’m going to play like I always have.”


    I cannot wait to see Moye get more reps. Dude is smooth