Steelers Vs. Eagles: Winners And Losers

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost their second preseason game of the 2014 season Thursday night to the Philadelphia Eagles and after one quick pass back through the game replay, here is just a small sampling of some winners and losers for you to discuss. I really had to reach for some winners and I could write all morning about more players for the losers section.

What an awful performance that was. Sure, it was only a preseason game, but so many things need to be fixed on both sides of the football in a hurry.

Fell free to add your own in the comments below that you think I missed.

Winners:

Heath Miller – While I haven’t looked very closely at his blocking, Miller’s five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown is worth him getting listed in the winners section. Miller looks very healthy right now and did a great job of running away from the safety on the touchdown.

David DeCastro – I’m always hesitant to list offensive linemen in the winners section without going through the game several times, but DeCastro looked like he played well in my first time back through the tape. We will have a closer look at him later on in the week.

Darrius Heyward-Bey – There were several drops Thursday night but Heyward-Bey caught every ball thrown his way. Three catches for 54 yards and a long 33-yard touchdown reception certainly made him stand out in his limited playing time. Is it too little, too late for him?

Dri Archer – I’m grasping for straws, but I really liked seeing Archer function as a pass protector during one play in the second quarter. He added three catches and a 20-yard kickoff return.

Lanear Sampson – Two kickoff returns for 74 yards is enough to land Sampson here before he is waived.

Losers:

Mike Mitchell – It sure looked like Mitchell needs to work on his tackling. In addition, he was not quick to react on a few runs that I thought he should have been able to diagnose quicker.

First And Second Team Defensive Linemen – I hate lumping a positional group together, but take your pick of players from the first and second-team defensive line. Cameron Heyward, Cam Thomas, Steve McLendon, Stephon Tuitt, Daniel McCullers and Josh Mauro were all pushed around by the Eagles offensive line way too easily.

Martavis Bryant – Bryant failed to haul in two deep passes that he should have had. The one on the free play went right off of his hands.

Jarvis Jones – Three of Jones’ four tackles were six or more yards past the line of scrimmage. Eagles left tackle Jason Peters had his way with Jones and to be quite honest with you, I’m not very surprised. He’s yet to give us a reason to think that he can beat top-rated left tackles.

Ryan Shazier – Welcome to the NFL. Shazier had trouble all night getting himself free from offensive linemen. Now you understand why it’s so important to keep the mack covered up in the Steelers defense (see above defensive linemen). Sure Shazier had six total tackles, but five of them happened eight or more yards past the line of scrimmage.

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  • Matt Manzo

    Losers list can go on and on…

  • r8erh8er

    Still no run defense, no QB pressure and I’ll say it again….I hate Ben in prime time games. He’s just doesn’t seem like the same player……

  • zbluez1

    Winner-Sean Spence – While being injured usually won’t put you on a winner’s list, in this case, having an injury in another Pre-Season game that doesn’t threaten to end his career and gives him a chance to come back from with just rest usually and contribute this year for him, is a win. No one can question this man’s heart.

    Losers – Everyone else who played defense in this game, they showed little to NO heart at all as a unit. Where was the pride? Where was the determination not to give up, the hustle to the ball, the anchor to stand their ground and make an opponent pay for every inch of grass they got?

    I am beginning to think that signing Mitchell was a waste of not only money but time as well, S.Thomas could have played as well if not better in this game and gotten valuable experience to take into the season as a STARTER, the team could have saved the cap room and used it to get possibly a Running Back with some maturity, responsibility to the team, and some class that would be a better influence on younger players.

    Making mistakes is a sign of youth, we have ALL done it. Learning from them and not to repeat them is a sign of maturity, something that L. Blount has not done, repeatedly. We will see if M. Mitchell learns from this pre-season, so far, IMHO, he has not.

  • Paul Hoover

    Well I thought Gay and Polamalu and Timmons had hussled but they can do it all and Ike did good also but I also have to see the game again :/ … Ben was off and I’m not sure who I’d keep over who between Bey or Bryant ?? But it was a short week and with that trouble from the double dummies, I think it shook the team a bit… And I thought gradkowski looked a lot better this week also. And the the holding from the eagles side that wasn’t called was was horrible but still not gonna make any more excuses, they stunk !!

  • whisn

    Beachum had his issues, and isn’t Pouncy meant to be holding this o’line together with his fat contract? He looked decidedly average, which is how he looked back in 2012! Adams seemed to do okay during his stint?

  • steelster

    My loser is justin brown. Where was he? Dhb just moved ahead of him on the depth chart imo

  • Dan Zotter

    Until this team learns to stop the run from its nickel and sub packages they are in trouble.Teams will spread them out and run on them especially in 11 personnel ( 3 WR/ 1rb /1 TE).Jarvis isn’t setting the edge and he also gets hooked too much. Being in the nickel with 2 dlineman they are getting washed and allowing olineman get to the second level( our ilbs) who aren’t getting off blocks!! Plus they aren’t generating pressure from this look on passing situation, and edge pressure isn’t getting there.When in zone coverage the middle is being left wide open, they must pressure the middles as well, and if you don’t get there at least put your hands up to block Qb’s windows.Maybe the should try a hybrid front in there nickel using 3 DL and 1 olb for thier four man nickel front, might help vs run.

  • dirtbag66

    No mention of Ike? His “technique” appears to be run with the WR as fast as he can (which seems to now be about a 5.2 40 pace) and grab him before he blows past Ike.

    Our CBs as a group have to be in the bottom 5 of the league.

  • SteveM2

    The way those new no-touch rules are being enforced, Ike may cost the Steelers at least 40 yards-per-game in penalties.

  • Fu-Schnickens

    Holy smokes…I wanted to turn off the TV at the half, and it didn’t get much better after that. The only way it got better was to gouge both of my eyes out. Gawd-awful. Does Mike Mitchell know how many yards he surrendered by NOT wrapping guys up!?! A lot. Message to Ike Taylor: yeah, some of the penalties were ticky-tacky, but you were flat out terrible. Troy looked very human and a little slow. It’s difficult to come away with positives form this.

  • jonathan

    Our defensive line is getting blown of the ball. Period. I would go with Keisel, Mcullers and Heyward.

  • gdeuce

    McCullers is waaayy too raw, he will be inactive on gameday

  • cp72

    He didn’t last night and he showed good movement skills. He may be raw but he’s 350 lbs.

  • cp72

    Brad Wing has to be on the list. They must think Pondesh is going to be decent. If not you have to bring in other guys to look at.

  • Weiss Chad

    Ike Taylor belongs on this loser list.Maybe Polamalu to the wimners

  • treeher

    Can’t believe you didn’t list Ike as a loser as well as Wheaton. Wheaton looked absolutely lost out there.

  • 2443scott

    dont think there is no winners or losers lists ..just a losers list the whole team lost on both sides of the ball…from the last preseason game to this one was such a turn around ….the only thing i can think of is the bell and blount drama effected this team so much ….maybe because there are so many young players on team and they dont or didnt know how to handle what happened ….the whole team seemed deflated no step in there feet whats so ever ….once the offence gone to the vets they started moveing the ball and scored …so in my opinion the bell and blount mess was what destroyed this team last night… thats all that was on these guys minds ….and the zillion flags again .

  • Dorian James

    Ben was also a loser, throwing the ball behind everyone! Look for another 8 and 8 season.

  • http://suspect5.bandcamp.com/ HardPunkKore

    Not for nothing, every db across the league is getting called not just Taylor. There are 19 penalties per game be called right now. Last nites game had 27 called between both teams for a massive 202 yards. The Eagles had more c alled on them then the Steelers. I hope it will not continue like this into the regular season.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    The Eagles are the team you have to beat offensively. Their O-line is easily the best in NFL and its crazy how talented their O-line are. Normally i’d rate fromt 7 as the losers but… our offense were worse.

  • joed32

    Has Blount ever been arrested before? I couldn’t find anything.

  • Shawn S.

    Loser: Mike Tomlin. A display like that is a direct reflection on the HC. There’s no denying it. Is his rhetoric starting to sound as hollow to his players as it is to us?

  • joed32

    Bryant did draw another penalty and caught a Touchdown pass. Not a winner but not a loser. I would add the punter to the loser list.

  • Jason

    I’d add myself to the loser list for drinkling beer and watching that entire debacle.

  • Jason

    He looked average because, despite what many “experts” will tell you, he is.

  • frednash

    Agree

  • frednash

    Timmons looked like a winner

    Jones is just plain weird looking

    Bring back Deebo!

  • ScottB

    Mitchell was one of the worst tacklers in the league last year so his struggles shouldn’t be a surprise. They basically have a younger safety than last year that still can’t tackle. Not good.

  • ApexSteel

    By the time he got in the third stringers were in for the Eagles.

  • Steelers12328882

    Loser: The defense. They didn’t stop a thing all night. Foles was ok, but he made the plays when he needed to. Philly’s backup QB’s missed 2 passes. Was it the players or the scheme? TEs and WRs seemed to beat the zone coverage easily.

    Loser: Justin Brown and to a lesser degree Martavus Bryant. Brown’s bust out game was a dud! Done with him. Chris Carter of the WRs. Bryant doesn’t fight for the ball in the air, but at least he shows up on tape. Steelers need to stop treating DHB like Dwyer and give him a chance. He moved ahead of both players IMO and should make the 53.

    Loser: TV coverage. Was having the announcers in the studio the whole time planned, or did something go wrong at the stadium? I don’t know, but 30 secs into the game I wanted to rip my head off. Sedating myself with alcohol didn’t make it any better. Kurt Warner and Ari Wolfe had THE WORST commentating I have ever seen in my life. Not only were they a complete bore, but their mics were turned up way too loud and you could hardly hear anything at the stadium. Since when did the NFL become so cheap it couldn’t fly out its announcers to the game?

    Winners: No explanation because the losers far outweighed them, but Heath, Gradkowski, DHB, AB and Timmons had noticeably good games.

  • steeltown

    Winners: Troy Polamalu, Heath Miller and Antonio Brown… give me 53 Polamalus

    Losers: Everyone else

  • steeltown

    Yea I ended up drinking more beer than I had anticipated

  • steeltown

    Bring on Brett Keisel!!!

  • Ray

    I noticed Archer’s successful pass pro, too. It was nice to see him throw a real block. As tough as it is to see Bryant continue to have drops, the upside of his physical ability outweighs any concerns right now. The front 7 got massacred by the Eagles O line, but I’ve a feeling that’ll be true of a lot of Eagles opponents this year.

  • Aric Brown

    Losers – Steelers

    Winners – Eagles

  • steeltown

    I think his ability to draw penalties is huge, especially this year with the rules changing. It might take him awhile to round into form but until then he’s going to draw a lot of PI which result in 1st downs

    I think Suisham looked worse than Wing

  • Ray

    Also, it was nice to see Gradkowski play well. Think it’s a sign Jones didn’t see the field?

  • Bradys_Dad

    The offense was just that, offensive (props to Heath Miller though). Defensively – NO more “hard defense to learn” excuses …. they simply sucked last night. I’m really questioning Jarvis Jones’ ability play physically on this level. On all fronts this team looked like a 4th place conference candidate. I’d bring Harrison back for one last hoorah and pray that we can stay healthy at all other LB positions. And when it’s all said and done, I’d take a really good long look at my coaching staff. Am I the only one who wishes that Bruce Arians had got the nod? At least he has the good sense to surround himself with great coaches (Munchak being the exception here).

  • Abed Medawar

    troy looks awkward when he’s running doesn’t he? like he’s sore from the night before lol. Is it just age??

  • Nolrog

    Any news on the injuries last night? It looked like Worlids, Cam and Spence all went down.

  • Abed Medawar

    Winner: me, after 30 years of staying up I finally learned to go to bed at halftime of a night debacle! Losers: Tomlin and Haley. Some of the plays called on 3rd downs were bewildering, but we’ve come to expect that from TH. I just can’t see JJ rising from where he is to a 9/10 sack a year PLUS run stopper player.

  • Weiss Chad

    He got mentioned last night .5 times all for penalties.

  • Weiss Chad

    It’s almost like a different game.Might as well tie the DBS hands behind there backs and ask them to cover the best athletes on the field.I think Bryant could make a career out of drawing penalties.Imo almost looks like cfl and Goodell is seriously ruining this league.It almost seems like all of our question marks failed.Time to go back to drawing board.Mike Mitchell and Markus Wheaton were really not one bit impressive Imo last night.Ugh!!!

  • dkoy85

    I agree, I haven’t lost hope in Bryant. I still think he’s a little scared and is lacking confidence/game is too fast for him right now. Love to see him leave his feet because he has BIG play capabilities once he learns how. You could see him try to go up after the ball in the endzone fade but mistimed the jump which tells me he was thinking too much about it- he just needs that confidence. Needs to be able to keep his head up.

    I’ve been a big supporter of JBrown but he needed to show up. DHB had a good game last night and showed he can get behind the defender, which is something JBrown can’t do. Without any game experience from JB I think right now it would be safer to put DHB into the 4th spot.

  • Steelers@2010

    Prime Time Games has absolutely nothing to do with his inability to be accurate. Of course, it would help if the guy had some time to throw the Damm ball too. His O/L, as good as it has looked the first two outings, it appeared as though they reverted back to looking like the same ole pathetic O/L. Ben never has been an accurate passer down the field. It seems as though so many fans come on here and they get upset when we criticize the shortcomings of the players on the team. He isn’t Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or even Aaron Rogers, and he doesn’t have to be. He is still one of the top five QB’s in the game, he just needs to play within his limits, play within the system that he is in. Here’s the problem, he wants to throw the ball downfield all the time, that’s not his game, never has been. Truth be told, that’s why he didn’t like Whisenhunt, he wanted to call his own game, he wants the freedom that Bruce Arians gave him. The No Huddle? They need some serious work; this was suppose to be a dress rehearsal, if it was, the Steelers are in Deep (BLEEP). I was expecting to see a much better performance than that. You may have watched it on TV, I was there in Philly, horrible performance.

  • Michael Pennant

    Losers – Blount and Bell. The team looked like it was shell shocked and unprepared. That incident had to be a letdown to the team. How can you look at your teammates AND how can your teammates look at you after what you did the day before a game and on a short week no less? More locker room leadership is a must from this point forward.

  • steeltown

    Yea and JB still has practice squad eligibility

  • Steelers@2010

    Never been arrested since being in the NFL, he ran into some issues in college. He did something stupid on the field while in college, I think he suckered punch a kid, knocked him out. Don’t quote me on that though. He was targeted as a trouble maker, didn’t get drafted, he was picked up as an UDFA. Played with two maybe three teams before given a chance to play with the Steelers.

  • Steelers12328882

    I’m sure the plan the whole time was to play only 2 QBs.

  • Melly

    I don’t know why they didn’t go after A.Verner vs a safety?! I hope Mitchell gets it together!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Melly

    he does at times.

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    I’ve been high on DHB since his signing and I really think he belongs on the team. Hopefully he can follow this up with a similar performance in the last pre-season game.

    If we’re lumping players together, I’d say the passing game, at least through three quarters. It’s hard to call Ben a “loser,” but he was off, and so, more to the point, was the chemistry with his receivers, especially Wheaton.

    The Steelers looked unprepared and discombobulated. Maybe some of it had to do with what happened with Blount and Bell, but even against a good, high-octane team like the Eagles there’s just no excuse to play that badly, to be so sloppy, to be pushed around on both sides of the ball.

  • Melly

    I had to watch/listen to the Philly broadcast. I swear Brian Baldinger dreams of blowing all the Eagle players!!!!!

  • SteelerMike

    It looked a whole lot more like a team that isn’t very good. I will say Bell belongs on the loser list for a pathetic rushing performance.

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    Really good points. I completely agree about DHB and I hope he gets the nod as the fourth WR (at least until Bryant starts figuring it out) — in any event, he’s well ahead of J. Brown, in my view.

    And you’re right, the game was made even more difficult to watch given the atrocious announcing.

  • Ray

    Right. What I mean is, does that plan mean anything bad for Jones’ future on this team?

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    Suisham hopefully will pull it together and have another consistent, if not flashy, season. But it concerns me that this team can’t seem to find a good punter. Is it that hard to find a guy who can boot the ball down the field? I just don’t see Wing being the guy.

    It’s clear that Bryant has a ton of potential but that it’ll take a lot of time for him even to get close to his ceiling. In particular, he needs to fight for the ball, to dominate and overwhelm smaller defenders. It’ll come.

  • NinjaMountie

    I think people tend to forget that the Eagles had the 2nd best offense in all of football last year; in Kelly’s first year with the offense. They were bound to get better. The Steelers are playing a lot of young players. When playing a team with the tempo and offense like the Eagles, it’s going to expose the inexperience of having those new players in there.
    I’m not saying it wasn’t a horrible game, because it was. However, it doesn’t mean that this will be indicative of the whole season. This was a learning experience, and a necessary one at that. Lets give this young team some time to see what it can do.
    That being said, I will admit that I am completely worried about Jarvis. I don’t think he has the strength for his position. He gets pushed around entirely too much.

  • T R

    Damn Beer i wish that was the least of my worries. 3 slices of cake, bag of popcorn, 4 sodas, including my dinner to drown myself in sorrow… i gained at list 5 lbs. the calories i burn is when Darris Heyward-Bey was haulling in catchs, jumping up and down.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Pounce maybe average but he does have a few pro bowls and that means something. That said, the others, have done absolutely nothing. Steelers Nation embraced the delusion that Muncak was going to be able turn Ramon, Beach, and Gilbert into more than they are..back ups! A few days ago bloggers were voicing there support for McClendon being a starter when he too is what he is …a back up. Add the fact that neither of the starting corners perform better than Gay..another back up, we are in trouble. I love our team but unlike many within Steeler Nation I am not going to voice support for under performing player such as Gilbert, Beachum (dominated last night), and out of shape Foster.

  • Brian Miller

    I list both kicker and punter as losers, and I am still befuddled as to how we can’t ever seem to have a decent punter, EVER! Suisham is definitely earning his extension-please read sarcasm! My conclusion about defense-this is what will happen every week if we don’t get pressure and we face a good to great QB. We will get violated! Our D is predicated on pressure and without it we are sunk. I think that the offense was just off for some reason, but will be corrected.

  • Brian Miller

    Am i the only one who thought Archer played great? For someone that supposedly isn’t a natural pass catcher, he sure looked more natural than Wheaton and Bryant! Good pass protection too! I think pur o-line will give good pass protection all year, but why do they struggle so much to open running lanes? That frustrates me the most. Troy and Timmons were the lone bright spots on D in my opinion, and I really hope this is a wake up call for Ike, his grabbing was pitiful even if they were ticky-tack much of the time. Heath looked good catching but man he looks slow. I forecast 10 total YAC for the entire season for him!

  • bustedknuckles

    I agree. Loved watching him pick up those blitzes. He is special. Hope his frame can support the load for the long haul.

  • bustedknuckles

    Don’t forget 84. He and 83 looked like the only true professionals on that side of the ball.

  • AndyR34

    I think Ben took Landry’s reps when he stayed out there for the whole third Quarter. Grad was going to get a quarter and Landry about half a quarter. Ben took that extra half quarter during the third.

  • AndyR34

    JJ is the player we think he is…not the player the FO told us he was.

  • bustedknuckles

    Ben didn’t look like a winner to me last night. He didn’t look like a field general. He looked like a dopey average qb who had no interest in even trying to win. That stupid effing grin, as if everything is o.k. maddens me.

  • michael young

    Add the fans of the NFL to the losers list. How many illegal contact calls were made? Felt like a hundred. Half of them (going for and against the Steelers) were B.S. Let the teams play a little. Why not just institute “hug tackles” and “tickles for losses.” Goodness gracious.

  • bustedknuckles

    10 looks like Sweed reincarnated.

  • bustedknuckles

    Spot on.

  • michael young

    He certainly had an off night. No question. That said, if this team goes 8-8 I’m venturing to guess it will be due to our awful run D. Two weeks in a row it’s been awful. Even Heyward was getting walked around out there.

  • AndyR34

    Dave – story idea for Matt or Alex: are any of the WR’s blocking downfield? Someone on here mentioned…give them the kudos, but it could be a nice gif-supported article

  • bustedknuckles

    Who cares if he’s raw. We sucked. He can take on two blockers which 90 cannot.

  • michael young

    Hits hard when he hits…..if he hits. Loves to lead with his shoulder and not wrap up. You are right. No surprise there.

  • bustedknuckles

    Agreed except change weird to weak.

  • 6 ring circus

    13 Troys , 13 Timmons, and 27 ABs

  • Bradys_Dad

    Agreed. AB showed why, out of all of the Young Money Crew, he is the only smart money – the others are/were counterfeits.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Losers – fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers. My 8 year old son said, “there’s 3 hours of my life that I’ll never get back.” Out of the mouths of babes …….

  • bustedknuckles

    The fact that our coach coined a phrase like that should’ve told everyone something years ago. Pittsburgh Steelers football never was and never should be about money.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    excellent post!

    Phily is just better than we are right now.

    I felt a strong need to sign Harrison last night & really missed hampton.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I couldn’t help but wonder if the rest of the teams cars just got missed by the cops. That game felt like a hangover.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    How can a team of professionals not be able to perform because a couple of guys on the team got pulled over?

    Do you really think they are that mentally fragile?

  • Virdin Barzey

    Hate to say it but “thank you Philly” for exposing this team for what it really is. A number of us bought into the notion that this team was getting better. It is, but no way near to being a playoff team.

    Please add the entire coaching staff to the losers side. This team did not look ready to play nor prepared for their opponent. It was thoroughly embarrassing to see how outclassed this team looked on both sides of the ball. The final straw was how we were able to make Sanchez look like Joe Montana in his prime.

    How Big Ben doesn’t make it on the “Loser” side is kind of a mystery to me. He looked awful. The line gave him plenty of time early but his throws were all over the place. The interception was beyond pathetic. Unacceptable for a QB of his caliber.

    This game showed me a lot about where this team is at. Looks a lot like that 8-8 team from last year. Good news, still got time to right the ship. Bad news, not sure if its the players, personnel, scheme or coaching. Somethings not right……”thanks Capt Obvious.” LOL

  • Game_Time

    You are absolutely right. It is a different game. Roger Goodell has completely flipped Pro Football upside down. He has to be the worst Commissioner of any sport in the history of Sports.

  • Steelers58

    I’ve only watched the first half. One thing that jumps out at me on defense we were losing the LOS once again. The most important player in the 34 defense is the nose tackle. I saw no penetration from the middle.
    Also j jones showed me nothing.
    If we can’t get a pash rush going its gonna be a long season.
    I’m gonna watch the 2nd half right now. Ohhhhhh boyyyy

  • Jeff

    Lol.. I ate a whole Luciano’s medium pie and too many PBR lights..

  • Jeff

    Jarvis Jones looked better last preseason…. ugh… Gunna be patient for now but come on

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    Yes, it was too easy a joke last night, but it seem like the whole team was stoned, at least until the fourth quarter. What other explanation, when even Mark Sanchez is picking you apart? (Unless, you know, they’re just not that good, which is a scary possibility.)

  • RASTA

    How is Ike Taylor not being gifted “The Biggest Loser” Award for his incredible propensity to keep drives alive with 3rd down penalties and completions? Go Steelers!

  • Jacque Strappe

    90 can’t play nose in a 3-4.

  • cencalsteeler

    Out coached big time. I really am starting to question Tomlins field general status. I know it’s preseason, but these guys are just going through the motions. No motivation what so ever. No nastiness. No beast mode. Nothing. Even Porter looked bored on the sidelines. It’s like something sucked the entire energy out of that team last night. The only ones who showed some type of emotion were Troy and AB. But, their a@@es were getting handed to them and that’s what gave them motivation, it certainly didn’t come from the coaching staff.
    Maybe I expect too much. But, I would like to see each player harness a little bit of Joey Porter in them,…instead were getting a team full of Mike Adams softies.

  • Steelers12328882

    Ok I thought Timmons had a good game, but other than 1 TFL I’m not seeing it. Reviewing the first 17 mins of the game so far and he looks bad as does Shazier. I also think Troy looks pretty bad too. I gotta finish the tape though.

  • Jacque Strappe

    As a matter of fact, I think we should nickname 90 Saloon Doors

  • SteelerMike

    Jarvis will be 25 y.o. in less than 2 months, I wouldn’t be too patient with him.

  • Steelers12328882

    I’m not liking what I’m seeing out of Troy while reviewing the game. Even worse is watching Timmons. A LOT of mistakes.

  • steeltown

    They cant make up for everyones lackluster play, once again Polamalu had to play some LB because the front 7 weren’t getting it done, meanwhile the secondary around him was sleeping

  • Nolrog

    “Human sacrifices, dogs and cats living together. . . MASS HYSTERIA” – Peter Venkman

  • Steelers12328882

    Troy did recognize that double screen that beat us for the 1st TD and he picked it off the 2nd time around. Just looking at Timmons and he made some coverage mistakes, and so did Shazier. Overall I don’t think we played as bad as I thought we did watching it the first time around. Just some little things that either killed our drives or extended theirs.

  • steeltown

    I wont argue, the front 7 sure didnt play well

  • Weiss Chad

    The defense gave up 5.2 yds a carry to the entire team.second string offense demoralized steelers first string d.They couldn’t even somewhat contain eagles second string.smh.Two straight tds big play after big play.Worilds and jones are a far far cry from woodley and Harrison.god eagles looked like something you would see on playstation

  • B Nunez

    How is Suisham not on this list

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I have to admit to being a little concerned that this defense has always been prone to aggressive passing attacks & the new rules force teams to go right at our biggest weakness as their primary style of play.

    You do just have some games where one team is tired compared to the other and the Steelers looked tired and slow from the first snap compared to Philly.

    I wonder a little bit about how slow the team was to react to the first game injuries last year as well. It feels a little bit like the team freezes sometimes as opposed to flowing when they hit an obstacle they can’t overcome.

  • bustedknuckles

    5 looked like a winner. 6 continues to look like a loser.

  • Jesse Murray

    Gilbert, Pouncey and Decastro all played well. IMHO you needed to list Ben in losers he was awful that first half. He had good pockets and faced litte if any pressure.

  • cencalsteeler

    I would like to give some props to Robert Golden. I think he has made big strides since that Dallas game. His arrow is definitely pointing up. What is refreshing about him is his tackling, old school, the way it should be. When I saw Mitchell tackle Celek on the opening drive, I saw Clark all over again. I know it’s early, but thoughts have popped in my head that the Mitchell and Cam Thomas signing might have been able to have been handled in house.

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    Well put. While I think there’s good reason to be excited for the future on defence, our glaring weaknesses in the secondary leave us exposed to teams like the Eagles.

  • joed32

    Not just Adams but the whole second team offense seemed to play better than last week. Gradowski was sharp.

  • joed32

    You’re actually lucky, most of us had to listen to Kurt Warner talk all night.

  • charles

    The QB pressure on even Sanchez was pitiful. The silver lining is that we simply can’t be this bad…..

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’d add Brad Wing to the Losers list those punts were just average. For someone who’s trying to make a statement for a roster punt those average punts sure didn’t do it for me. There were plenty of chances for him to boom some of those kicks but he kept dropping 35 40 yarders. Only plus is there wasn’t much of a return on them.

  • charles

    You are right on the button. And we have seen this way more than once before in the last 6 years. We need to take a very close look at Mr T.

  • charles

    Please.

  • charles

    Could not agree more. The coaches were not ready. Tomlin and LeBeau were run over. The reason that Haley is not on the list is because the Philly O smelled blood and the D picked it up.

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    I still believe that we should have cut ike and drafted a cb early like most of our draft picks though by the way Colbert should ask ike for a refund its not all his fault though the entire team was embarrassing to watch

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    Ike looks like a huge liability this year, but we’ll see. As for the draft, it’s hard to fault Colbert et al. for going the way they did given they got Shazier and Tuitt. I questioned the Archer pick at the time, but that looks like a great one as well. And by then CBs are pretty much all projects. It’s just too bad Shaq hasn’t shown us anything so far.

  • Roger (G.)

    That messed up pinky finger of his gives me nightmares. Damn that thing is ugly..!!

  • Roger (G.)

    I saw the same broadcast and you’re right he does…even the back ups too.

  • Aric Brown

    Isnt Ben statistically one of the most accuratr passers in the history of football?

  • marcus

    First string offense and defense played like crap. It almost seem like they were throwing the game. Look like high school football. They play like this in regular season, look for us to get a pick in the top ten draft next year. Man that game was horrible.

  • marcus

    Ike was horrible, he drew the most penalties, we should have drafted a CB.

  • marcus

    Ben wouldn’t throw the ball to him, he kept trying to feed to wheaton. Why, I couldn’t figure it out.

  • http://suspect5.bandcamp.com/ HardPunkKore

    Godell doesn’t make rule changes, nor does he vote on them. That is the the owners and head of officiating.

  • Dorian James

    I think I’m more worried about them firing Mike Tomlin and Kevin Kolbert, who are two of the best at what they do.hopefully will come on strong towards the middle of the season like we did last year

  • Dewayne Braxton

    The rushing numbers for the Bill’s game are nothing to brag about. On running plays we did not control the line of scrimmage. The Giant’s game was better. However, Bell avoided being tackled in the backfield and ended up gaining about 7 yards. If Bell had not escape the unblocked defender, that play alone would have changed the rushing YPC and the false perception that this line is getting better.

  • Matthew Suloman

    we’re terrible

  • Matthew Suloman

    bingo…