Gut Reactions: Steelers Vs Dolphins


The Steelers played the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Wild Card Round looking to avenge a week 6 loss. The offense came out on fire and the Steelers had a well-rounded performance resulting in a 30-12 victory. With a dominant 18-point victory the Steelers looked like one of the best teams all around teams in the playoffs. They now advance to the AFC Divisional Round to play the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City.

Obviously the first place to start is Antonio Brown. He had three receptions and two touchdowns for 119 yards on his first three receptions which gave the Steelers a quick 14-0 lead. His early scores came from 62 and 50 yards away and set the tone for the rest of the game. While he did have a few drops, his final stat line was five receptions for 124 yards, and two touchdowns on nine targets. A great game from one of the best receivers in the NFL.

The MVP of this game was undoubtedly Le’Veon Bell. His stat line was 29 carries for 167 yards and two touchdowns. Prior to kickoff people were debating whether he or Jay Ajayi would have the better performance, but Bell quickly asserted himself as the best running back on the field today.

In my “In the Trenches” breakdown of the Steelers running game I was curious how the Steelers were going to pull David DeCastro with Ndamukong Suh wreaking havoc at the line. Luckily, Todd Haley had the answer by pulling right tackle Marcus Gilbert instead. A perfect example came on Bell’s 26-yard rush that was ruled a touchdown but eventually overturned. Bell’s value goes beyond stats.

The Dolphins essentially had three straight drives, one from a Ben Roethlisberger interception, one right before halftime, and a third to start the second half. In that time the Steelers offense only got to run nine plays, any defense would show signs of fatigue. So, when the Steelers got the ball back they had an eight-play drive that chewed up four minutes of game clock centered around Bell. It gave the defense time to rest, and resulted in a field goal. Bell had rushes of 15 and 26 yards on the drive helped the offense get in gear for the second half.


The defense showed up today in a big way. A great sign moving forward in the playoffs.

They shut down Ajayi to the tune of 33 yards on 16 carries and their tackling was sound. Defensive Coordinator Keith Butler kept the pressure on Dolphins Quarterback Matt Moore, and the defense ended up with five sacks. All four starting linebackers had either a sack or an interception with Lawrence Timmons leading the team in tackles (14), and sacks (2).

Not only was the defense able to create turnovers, they did so in crunch time. The first turnover was a fumble caused by a James Harrison sack when the Dolphins were threatening at the Steelers eight-yard line. It prevented the Dolphins from cutting the lead to a single score right before half time. The second turnover, a second strip sack, caused by Mike Mitchell put the brakes on a seven play Dolphins drive after halftime. Then Ryan Shazier’s interception led to the Steelers’ final touchdown, a Bell rush, and the proverbial nail in the coffin.

The defense looked like a playoff defense, a trend that’s going to need to continue if the Steelers are going to win in Kansas City.

Ben Roethlisberger went 13 for 18 but threw two interceptions along with his two first quarter touchdowns. He was injured late in the fourth quarter, with the game out of reach and wore a walking boot at his post-game press conference.

While Roethlisberger assured the media that he was going to play next week, I expect Mike Tomlin to take some heat if it turns out that his star quarterback sustained an injury in a game that was essentially out of reach. DeAngelo Williams came in for Bell, but Roethlisberger remained in the game; a game management call that the media will pounce on if it’s an injury of any significance. All in all, this was a well-rounded win from beginning to end. On to Kansas City!

Classic Rock song of the game: Jimi Hendrix: “Fire”

What are your gut reactions?

About the Author

Patrick Gelesh
Fourth generation Steelers fan, contributing from the Crescent City. Soon to be graduating with a master’s degree in Sports Management with an emphasis in football. My grandfather and mother witnessed the Immaculate Reception, they made sure I was brought up on classic rock and classic Steelers.
  • PaeperCup

    Gut reaction….So happy to win. In playoff football anything can happen, and I soooo did not want an upset on home turf. But time to finish it, beat KC, beat NE/HOU, and win the Super Bowl.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    My gut reactions:

    Offense – More or less firing on all cylinders. This is the kind of games we have expected all season and got when it counted most. The stars were definitely stars tonight. My biggest worry is Bens recent lack of success on the road, especially given the enviornment in KC. Even in this game we saw a couple of bad decisions/poor throws from Ben that resulted in INT’s. I am hoping for a heavy and successful dose of Bell in the upcoming game.

    Defense – Best game of the year? I think it might have been. Sacks, turnovers, and PUTOS. Hard to lose with all of those things going. I don’t want to get too ahead of myself because we played a backup QB and a fairly inept offense but credit where credit is due. The defense held up there end. Biggest worry going into KC is less about individual players and more about scheme. They CANNOT let Timmons get caught in coverage too many times. Let that man blitz and hammer down in the box. He thrives there.

    ST/Coaching – I am combining these 2 because they go VERY hand in hand. I thought Haley and Butler both had great gameplans here so kudos to them. Tomlin and/or Danny Smith worry me. 3 times this game Coates and Touissant brought the ball out of the endzone and didn’t make it to the 25. This isn’t the first game for this either and Tomlin and Smith continue to be stubborn about it. To be blunt, I think they are morons for this and it could really cost us in KC. Loud stadium, consistently bad starting field position, and Bens road woes are not a good recipe. So that is my biggest worry as far as ST and coaching goes.

    As you pointed out, Tomlin left the starters in and it might end up costing us. Some people want to defend it but the proof is in the pudding. Game was in hand, starters are getting hit. No excuses for it other than blind stubborness.

    It was a great win but I will paraphrase David Todd once again. You have to grade the process just as much as you do the final result. Fantastic result, some questionable parts of the process that are easy fixes if the coach ever decides to do some self evaluating.

  • americanpatriot

    Finally! Didn’t need to take any additional BP meds. Thanks. The injury to Ben, regardless of severity is/was ludicrous. There is no such thing as common sense anymore. I’m not going to rag on Tomlin (too much.) I think he is a good coach, except for that kind of ridiculous (IMO) error in judgement. Garbage time; game won; don’t take the slightest chance; get him out. Doesn’t matter what Ben wants or doesn’t want. Rooney should look him in the eye and just say, ‘don’t do it again,’ and move on. Tomlin gets too caught up in his macho word-smithing.

  • Chris92021

    Gut reaction:

    The offensive line and the front seven established physical dominance early in the game. Miami at times looked like a team that wished they were well, back in Miami. The Steelers embraced the cold and the wind. I will say that our offensive line is as good as anyone else in the league.

    The Steelers won another game without a tour de force performance from Big Ben. Not only did they win but they won convincingly. That is what has me most excited, that we don’t need 7 to go 350 and 4 TDs a game to win like the Packers need Aaron Rodgers to do. Having said that, I would love it if Big Ben does have one of those 5 TD games sometime in the next two weeks.

    I am a firm believer that in the playoffs, you need playmakers on defense, guys who can create turnovers and get sacks that take opposing offenses out of scoring situations. Lucky for us, we have two guys: Bud Dupree, who played like a freak today and Ryan Shazier, who now in his four career playoff games, has 2 forced fumbles and an interception. This is why we cannot complain too much about Shazier and him missing games in the regular season. That guy flat out is a game changer.

    About Big Ben’s ankle: I understand why so many people aren’t happy about this. After all, the Dolphins were down by 3 scores and it was late in the 4th quarter, and Bell was out of the game. I get it. Having said that, Big Ben cannot throw that ball up for grabs. Does Mike Tomlin deserve some criticism for leaving Big Ben in the game? Sure. But Big Ben also deserves criticism for making a stupid play and not ducking like the Manning brothers do. Discretion is the better part of valor. Let’s not completely absolve Big Ben here.

    This just feels like Deebo’s last ride. He’s going out on guns blazing. I hope we have a similar result for Deebo that we did for the Bus 11 years ago.

    KC is going to be tough and they are a different team than the one we faced in week 4. I have a feeling that game will be a pick-em by the time kickoff arrives next Sunday. However, I am going to enjoy the first wild card home win since 2002 very much.

  • FATCAT716

    We always want to throw shade in Tomlin direction but to Ben has to be smart. He can’t do his Ben being Ben craziness at that juncture of the game. Tom Brady is in the game at juncture but making much better decisions.

  • DoctorNoah

    1) this was as lopsided a playoff game as I’ve seen in years. Dolphins were clearly outclassed, outhussled and outmuscled in every facet of the game. By ten minutes in, our lead was almost insurmountable, especially with a backup QB at the helm.

    2) Starters should have been out for last five minutes at least, the injury to Ben notwithstanding.

    3) Special teams still atrocious

    4) referencing #3 the chinks in our armor are still readily apparent and can be exploited by opponents in our next three games. Ben throws some terrible passes sometimes. Our secondary can still get gouged whenever our pass rush fails to get home, and our blitzes will be picked up by better QB’s. Our ST is uniformly terrible. The next three teams we face all have excellent tight ends that can stretch the field and catch contested balls.

  • Patrick Gelesh

    I write a weekly article on our line and running game called “in the trenches” that goes in-depth about our elite line play if that interests you

  • Chris92021

    Of course it does. I love anything about good offensive line play. I look forward to seeing the next article.

  • Patrick Gelesh

    There’s a link in this article to this game’s version of it… check it out, some of my predictions came true, hopefully you enjoy it!

  • Patrick Gelesh

    Are you happy we won? Or happy how we won? We won in the wild card round last year too and against the bungels too!!

  • I don’t know if you watch the other 3 games this weekend. All 4 games were won by the home team and all 4 were well in hand by the start of the 4th quarter Yet none of the starting QBs (Oswieler, Wilson, Roethlisberger or Rodgers) came out of their games. Rodgers was throwing on first down with 4 minutes left up 31 to 13.

  • WeWantDaTruth

    My gut reaction is that Tomlin is an idiot for having The Franchise in the game so late when the game was well in hand.

  • Did you watch any of the other game this weekend?

  • Patrick Gelesh

    Ben can’t throw picks against the Chiefs and they will try to exploit Timmons in zone coverage against Kelce on offense…. something Butler will have to game plan for…. also most of smith’s passes are out in less than 3 seconds making blitz’s hard to impossible…. it’s a tough matchup

  • pkeats86

    My gut reaction is happiness but, immediately shifts to next week. Saying our special teams have been poor is an understatement and we are going in against a straight gamebreaker. I am wondering what the scheme will be to cover Hill on special teams as well as on offense.

    Also, I wonder if we will finally see Justin Gilbert in the game?? In our initial meeting he had Kelce duty. Unless maybe Gay gets the call to shut that guy down. Or will he see a mixture of Shazier and Davis? Should be interesting.

    Also, just like on special teams, on defense, they are gamechangers. Ben can NOT lob balls into traffic with the likes of Berry and Peters. They will take it to the house. He NEEDS to play better. Also, Peters is super aggressive. I am wondering how quickly we throw an AB double move at him to back him off.

  • If I’m remembering they threw double moves at Peters early and often in the first meeting.

  • PaeperCup

    Both! Last year was a sweet win, especially against a heated rival. But one can argue we were underdogs in that game. I’m happy the steelers as favorites today showed why they were heavily favored. But everything they are favored like they are in often find they play down to their opponent. Didn’t happen today, that makes me happy.

    You are right about thr KC match up. We had their number when they visited Pittsburgh, but playing at arrowhead in the playoffs is a whole different story. Not sure if they are favored or not, but I almost want them to be the underdogs to hopefully play UP to their opponent

  • Patrick Gelesh

    In man it will most likely be Shazier and Davis…. gay seems way undersized for kelce… we’ll be playing a lot of zone coverage…. the answer to Hill is DHB… they’re both incredibly fast, also a healthy Vince Williams and Chickillo will help in tackling hill once DHB and/or Coates catches him

  • pkeats86

    They need to to keep him, as well as the safety, honest. This is a tough matchup. I was hoping this would be the Patriots worrying about these things but, the Raiders couldn’t get that last win.

  • If they play like they did in the first half, they will win the next 3 games.

  • pkeats86

    The zones scare me over the middle against this team. Timmons getting stuck on Kelce to often or Hill running a post and being passed to a safety and it’s goodnight.

  • Patrick Gelesh

    Their run defense is vulnerable with Johnson on IR… also with Hali and Houston pass rushing they’re going to struggle to cover Bell in the passing game unless they use soft zones which they generally don’t

  • They are worried about Bell getting 30 carries against them.

  • Patrick Gelesh

    Well put

  • pkeats86

    I agree. Hopefully they don’t take their foot off the gas like they seemed to in this one. AB was sleep walking through the 2nd half. That heavy set did a ton of work. The play calling got kind of laxed after the 9 plays, 9 straight rushes TD drive (which was a thing of beauty).

  • We all used to think this offense went through Ben, The last 8 games it goes through Bell, and he’s rung it game in, game out.

  • Patrick Gelesh

    They had a significant lead, Haley was shortening the game, that’s why the play calling was vanilla somewhat

  • I don’t know when Steelers Nation started wearing granny panties. I though we were tougher than this…

  • Patrick Gelesh

    If Hill gets passed to Mitchell he might wake up in the locker room

  • pkeats86

    I know that was the plan in the 2nd half. I mean the first half. When they kept putting our defense in bad situations and Harrison needed to cause a turnover in order for it to not be a one score game going into a half that we completely dominated.

  • LOL

  • Patrick Gelesh

    I also want to point out we saw an edge from Dupree that had not been part of his game before today… he must be hanging around Harrison 🙂 I liked it

  • pkeats86

    He also might (more likely) run right by him with absolute ease.

  • WeWantDaTruth

    Like my parents used to say: if your friends jump off a bridge, are you going to jump off the bridge too?” I could care less what transpired in other games. All I know is that Ben had no business being on the field in that situation. Hopefully, it doesn’t bite us in the arse.

  • Patrick Gelesh

    They were getting stills (a wr) on Timmons (a linebacker) in zone coverage, a major mismatch that they were exploiting, and any time we tried to adjust out of cover 6 Moore was hitting Landry

  • WeWantDaTruth

    On NFL Network, they said KC gives up 4.5 yards per carry. Get a Bell going early, set up the play action passing.

  • Patrick Gelesh

    Also how about Cockrell keeping Stills out of the end zone by forcing him out of bounds… Cockrell had a great game and is underrated because of the loose coverages we generally play

  • If you think Tomlin and Haley kept Ben in because the other teams did it too, you are crazy. Ben was in there because he has the trust, experience and the know how. It was 3rd down and converting for a 1st down likely meant ending the game with the ball in our possession. That’s why they took the aggressive approach.

    Obviously, hind sight is 20/20.

    Funny you mention jumping off a bridge. Steeler Nation is about to take the plunge off the 6th St. Bridge.

  • Patrick Gelesh

    If they use a safety to cover Bell as a receiver and show a lot of cover 1 look for Ben to go deep no matter his health or the temperature..

  • WeWantDaTruth

    Ugh, I never said Ben was kept out there because other teams kept their QBs out there. SMH. I’m saying that irregardless of what other teams did/didn’t do, it was moronic to have Ben on the field all in that situation. The game was well in hand…Landry Jones should’ve been in at that point. What’s so hard to understand? Sheesh.

  • Patrick Gelesh

    No no no Mitchell will hit him before Hill gets to make the catch.. he’s a poor tackler but a good hitter, and he’s not stupid… also keep in mind if Hill is in the slot there will be linebackers near by to jam him so he doesn’t get a free release… he’s an incredible talent but he’s small compared to Dupree or Timmons

  • Patrick Gelesh

    Ha… I’m interested in what you think about Dupree and Cockrell’s performances… I posted questions at the top of the forum

  • Patrick Gelesh

    I’m interested in what you think about Dupree and Cockrell’s performances… I posted questions at the top of the forum

  • Patrick Gelesh

    I’m interested in what you think about Dupree and Cockrell’s performances… I posted questions at the top of the forum…

  • Patrick Gelesh

    We need to quit returning kickoffs out of the end zone and start our drives at the 25… also I’m interested in what you think about Dupree and Cockrell’s performances… I posted questions at the top of the forum

  • This may have Dupree’s best game yet, a bunch of pressures/hits, set the edge well against the run, showed good closing speed, laid the wood.

    Cockrell played well too, not as physical as Ike Taylor but showed sound tackling, I don’t remember if he had any pass break ups but he had that force out on the 2 pointer.

    I agree that Cockrell is under rated. I’m a big fan of his.

  • Patrick Gelesh

    If I know Haley he’ll have a few plays designed to match Peters up on another receiver…. hopefully Kelce isn’t the only tight end that’s a weapon and Green gets cleared to play

  • Mason Dale

    I keep seeing concerns about Ben, which I honestly believe are ubsurd. Besides his last play, the first int was Brown’s fault; he’s gotta catch that ball. Other than that, I’m having no issues, especially since he’s come through for us too much this year to get concerned anyways

  • johnnypudding

    Ben’s injury is on ben, throw it away or just give yourself up and take a sack…fitz is a good backup running back, but kick off returner he is not, too slow and indecesive…please let ayers return kicks…go steelers…lets crush kc

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I honestly didn’t notice Cockrell much and IMO, that is a positive. I did see looking at the stats he had 8 solo tackles so there is that too. Without a re-watch I would go with a good performance.

    Dupree had the best of his career. He looked strong, fast, and decisive. That hit on Moore reminded me of Steelers of old. That game gives me hope for the future at OLB, that is for sure.

  • Patrick Gelesh

    Neither Cockrell nor burns defended a pass today… Cockrell was third on the team with 8 tackles, and his coverage forced at least 2 drops that come to mind

  • Patrick Gelesh

    After watching today’s game…. which team do you think was better? The week 16 version of the Ravens or the wild card Dolphins?

  • DoctorNoah

    I think Willie Gay will always be a bit more savvy than Cockrell, and more physical, but Cockrell played solidly I thought, though he does get his hips turned around a bit sometimes. Hard to tell without All-22 what his assignments were.

    I thought Bud played very well overall, with good gap maintenance and some pass rushing flash. His speed is obvious but his rip and swim moves don’t seem to work yet maybe. He gets turned up the arc a lot. Harrison’s bull rush is still much better than his despite 15 years of age difference…

    What did you think?

  • DoctorNoah

    Ravens easily.

  • DoctorNoah

    Give me a few more moves. Harrison needs to teach him his bull rush, rip and swim…

  • lou rock

    We should ask that the rule be changed so that if we catch the kickoff in the field of play, we can run it back into the end zone and start on the 25.

  • DoctorNoah

    He’s not Sherman, but he’ still a heck of a waivers pick up from other teams’ trash heaps. Kudos to Tomlin and FO for picking him up.

    We’ve seen a lot of good coverage from him. He’s not like Antwon Blake where you could basically expect one TD catch right by him every game.

    Given our secondary has been our big question mark for three years, it just goes to show that when a pass rush is effective it takes pressure off the secondary and creates opportunities and when the secondary provides blanket coverage, it allows the pass rush to be more effective and get home. We had at least one coverage sack on Moore. Could Brady read blitzes and throw hot with better timing and precision before he got sacked on two of those plays? Probably. Alex Smith: no.

    Honestly, the one way you get to good QB’s is pressure in their face. Worked with Brady and Manning in the past. Will need some big games from Tuite and Hargrave and some A-gap stunts…

  • Jakob

    Couldnt agree more. My gut reaction from steelers nation is that we won, but Ben is going to need to have his leg amputated

  • nutty32

    I’m tempering my excitement as the Dolphins don’t appear to be a very good team. Patriots crushed them in week 17 in similar fashion.

  • Don

    Yes, if Gilbert has eliminated himself from consideration for whatever reason, please put Ayers in there to return. He’d still be limited, too, because the blocking is so poor, but he’s very elusive.

  • Applebite

    The only thing that sort of bugs me, is when they decide to shut it down and coast. Not that I want them to go full tilt all game long, giving the next team plenty of game tape to search through. But if that is the case, go ahead and pull your starters, and give the backups some experience.

  • Don

    That was a smart play.

  • Don

    I’d like to see them have the LBs pop Kelce as he tries to release off the line.

  • Don

    I wish. As well as Bell has been running, play action is the obvious move, but they d it so infrequently. I don’t know why.

  • Don

    Yeah, I agree, but I still think that play action has been pretty much ignored all year

  • John

    The Chiefs throw to the TE and quick passes to the backs — two things we have not been good at covering. However, the Chiefs also struggle to stop the run and play man to man coverage which allows for the big play. All around, it is a more favorable match-up for us and the Steelers have won many games in Arrowhead before. Remember the Chiefs have lost at home to the Titans and Bucs within the last six games or so. Those teams are not good so it is not like all is great with the Chiefs.

  • Don

    The playcalling needs to be smarter too. Obviously they were OK with passing if necessary, so don’t wait until third and long. And for chrissakes how about some play action when your RB is crushing them like today?

  • John

    Lack of success on the road??? I know someone started this angle, but we won our last four road games this season and won in Cincinnati in playoffs last year and could have won in Denver with a depleted roster last year. This is the best running game we have had since the Bus and maybe since Franco. That travels. Timmons and Harrison look as good as they have in years. Let’s not overanalyze. The Steelers have a significant chance to win. As to whether they will or not, that is why they play the games.

  • Hypo Cycloid

    Agreed. Could be a SB costing mistake.

  • John

    Correct.

  • Hypo Cycloid

    KC is definitely different. But we are too. Healthier (pending Ben) and our rookies are experienced. So we improved at least as equally if not more than KC.

  • americanpatriot

    I didn’t watch any other game, but even if I had, my opinion wouldn’t have changed. The old adage applies…. just because someone jumps off a bridge doesn’t mean I should as well. Actually, it’s great other coaches play their STARTING playoff QB’s in garbage in hopes they get hurt just enough to miss a game against us. Face it, even with his warts, without Ben throughout the playoffs and possible SB, our probability of success plummets. Is it really worth risking the outcome of the entire team (54+ players) that has bled, sweated, and teared, for a whole season to keep your franchise QB in when the game has already been won? Of course I speak for me, but (not so) common sense tells me to make sure he is healthy for the next opponent. If he gets hurt during the competitive part of the game… so be it. But in meaningless time? To me, that’s an affront to every other player. Forget the macho part.

  • americanpatriot

    Teams have coaches for a reason. Point is if Ben’s safely standing on the sideline, as I believe he should have been, none of us would have had to be concerned about, ‘Ben being smart’ or his ‘craziness,’ or ‘much better decisions.’ My guess is that Art Roonet, Jr., whose decision matters most, was not in favor of risking his $100M QB in garbage time. Certainly not when a Super Bowl run is at stake. What of Ben had broken his leg on that meaningless play?

  • There is a reason all the QB’s stayed in. With the exception of Osweiler, they are all vet QBs with SB rings, experience and trust. They are kept in the game because they are trusted to keep the other guys in line, make the right call, and to keep the offense on track in the most important game of the year.

    Tomlin didn’t mention Ben’s injury in the post game presser, that would be a violation of the CBA. Dollars to pesos, he’s out of the boot walking fine by his veterans day off on Wed and practices fully on Thurs, Fri and his gameday status for Sun is not in question.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    My gut reaction: Kansas City Here We Come …

    … with or without Joey.

  • americanpatriot

    A lot of words, none of which is to the point. It’s risk vs gain. Risking your franchise QB at the beginning of a possible and hopeful Super Bowl run for ZERO gain. Nada. Zilch. The game was won. HERE WE GO STEELERS HERE WE GO! BEAT KC!

  • I realize I’m not part of the hive mind on this one. To me it’s not risk vs reward. You play to win, the second you play in fear of injury or to not loose is when it happens. Regardless, if you stick Jones out there cold with 10 minutes, he could fumble the ball or toss a pick 6 and Miami is back in it. I don’t believe he would have but it’s possible.

  • Matt Manzo

    Ravens.

  • gdeuce

    I think Gilbert has been dealing with a shoulder injury

  • ND_Steel

    Gut Reaction: What an amazing game by the O Line! One false start penalty…that’s it…not a single holding call, with Bell pausing and dancing to the huge holes. I have to imagine that takes tremendous discipline to keep driving and not reach as defenders are adjusting to Bell hopping around. That was throwback Steelers football.

  • ND_Steel

    Agreed! It is the culture of the team and the whole city…hate to bag on even the fans, but the stadium looked half empty in the fourth quarter. I know it was cold but it was likely the last home game of the year for crying out loud. Would like to see that culture changed. Play to the whistle and beyond for a one or two count. You don’t see this in that northeast team’s stadium for sure.

  • ND_Steel

    I dunno, he sent a rocket at Brown, which is fine if it is at his gut, but it was at his face.

  • ND_Steel

    I would have preferred he wasn’t in the game as well, but my opinion, that was on Ben, not Tomlin; he shouldn’t have taken any chances. (which I understand, Tomlin could have guaranteed that by pulling him but I wouldn’t call him an idiot for not doing so)

  • Rusted Out

    He actually pulled a move I’ve never seen Harrison pull before. Justin Houston calls it a bump n go. he slammed into the tackle, allows the tackle to readjust for a bullrush while he runs around him. Dupree is gonna be the real deal. Give him another offseason in the weight room, and lookout.

  • VaDave

    Special Teams: We are going to lose if this is not fixed. Totally atrocious coverage.

  • Steve

    The Steelers TE – Green should be out of concussion protocol this week and ready to exploit KC up the gut of their defensive coverage.

  • popsiclesticks

    I don’t disagree with the opinion that Ben should come out, but literally every single NFL coach would have had him in and would have thrown a pass late in the 4th quarter. I don’t think it’s as obvious a decision as people seem to think.

  • popsiclesticks

    Fair enough.

  • popsiclesticks

    I don’t think Peters will be in man coverage on AB at many points in this game without significant help over top. WRs like AB (and Amari Cooper, and Jarvis Landry, etc etc) eat his lunch. It’s not his strength as a corner…he’s a big tenacious player who likes to jump routes in zone coverages.

  • popsiclesticks

    Huh? That happened one time after a pick on a long drive and the defense had to keep the Dolphins from going 65 yards in like a minute and a half.

  • popsiclesticks

    Well, it came right after he threw a completion off a DL’s chest.

  • popsiclesticks

    People didn’t start leaving until there were about 5 minutes or so left, and it was still mostly full. It was cold as hell and you were probably indoors.

  • ND_Steel

    Heck yeah I was indoors and half way around the world…it was like 2 am…sure seemed like a lot of mustard yellow seats on the tube is all I’m saying…

  • Patrick Gelesh

    OK Gay is a savvy vet, Cockrell is someone that we picked up off a practice squad and blossomed into our #1 corner, Steelers played a lot of cover 3,4,6 behind their blitzes with man thrown in here an there….

    Bud, once again is young and not a defensive player of the year caliber of player. He has the speed/strength combo to beat tackles with his first step, but if he’s blocked, he doesn’t’t have an effective counter-move like a spin or swim as you said (which is ironic because Chickillo does but doesn’t have that first step)… that being said, i’d like to see Dupree make more plays in the run game, but we saw him playing with ferocity yesterday for the first time in his NFL career…. he set the tone with some of his hits and I hope that he embraces the “enforcer” roll on the defense once Harrison hangs up his cleats….

  • Patrick Gelesh

    Ha i like that, smart special teams coaches are intentionally kicking it to our 2 yard line so we have to return it a la the Ravens…. its like they’re daring us to try to make it to the 25

  • Patrick Gelesh

    Ben is fine….

  • Patrick Gelesh

    Ben got fooled by the DL in coverage, i’ll admit that, but they tried it at least 4 times afterward and Ben didn’t make the same mistake: the sign of a good qb

  • Patrick Gelesh

    Gilbert is trying to find the door out of Tomlin’s dog house…. Im not sure there is one

  • Patrick Gelesh

    I would like to point out that the Dolphins won 9/10 going into yesterday, but that 1 loss was to the Pats, I think they came into Heinz field demoralized like “Dang it, if we win we have to play the Patriots again next week?” it was a lose lose lose lose situation for them no matter who was the QB

  • Patrick Gelesh

    OK so with that being said, do you think there should be an extra week of playoffs where the top four non-division winners play for the 2 wild card spots…. that would afford all division winners a bye

  • Patrick Gelesh

    OK so with that being said, do you think there should be an extra week of playoffs where the top four non-division winners play for the 2 wild card spots…. that would afford all division winners a bye.

  • Patrick Gelesh

    OK so with that being said, do you think there should be an extra week of playoffs where the top four non-division winners play for the 2 wild card spots…. that would afford all division winners a bye….

  • Patrick Gelesh

    You don’t want to show all your cards…. keep some of your best stuff off film if you don’t need to break it out… I don’t like them, but the Falcons are very good at doing that….

  • Patrick Gelesh

    how many picks do the Texans qb’s throw at new england over or under 2?

  • Patrick Gelesh

    some of our best special teams players are getting healthy…. getting DHB back is a huge special teams boon… one of the few players that can run with Hill, but (a healthy) Chickillo and Williams will be cleaning up the messes once DHB slows him down

  • Patrick Gelesh

    most of their passes come out of smith’s hand in under 3 seconds making blitzing very hard, and sacks will be at a premium…. they will most likely be coverage sacks which rarely come from our secondary… we’ll just have to see if pressuring smith is enough to make him make a mistake…. another thing we’ve struggled against is the screen game… the Chiefs and Eagles run the same offense… we all remember the Eagles game…

  • Matt Manzo

    I would like to see something that gets rid of the 7-9 teams making the playoffs. I’m always bummed to see Houston in the playoffs. An earlier round could potentially get rid of the those teams.
    But that scenario is usually the division winner, i.e. Houston, so maybe it wouldn’t make that much of a difference.