The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steelers Patriots AFC Championship Game Recap & More

Season 7, Episode 71 of The Terrible Podcast is now up and in this Monday show, David Todd and I get right to talking about the Pittsburgh Steelers getting trounced by the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game in Foxborough.

As you can probably imagine, David and I have a lot of negatives to talk about during this show and it starts with us discussing the play on the defensive side of the football. The Steelers defense had no answers for the Patriots passing game as quarterback Tom Brady easily deciphered their scheme pre-snap and got his offense in several high percentage plays.

We talk about the lack of pressure the Steelers front had and wonder what the average time to throw Brady registered. The Patriots wide receivers were wide open most of the game and that was very disturbing to see.

The Steelers offense certainly isn’t off the hook as the young wide receivers failed to make big plays throughout the game. We talk about how the Patriots defense effectively limited wide receiver Antonio Brown and how the loss of running back Le’Veon Bell to a groin injury early on certainly didn’t help matters.

We discuss what happened on the Brady fumble and the subsequent review after it was challenged.

After spending most of this episode breaking down the game, David and I take a quick look ahead at draft needs and discuss the overall state of the team heading into the offseason. We’ll certainly expand on those topics in upcoming episodes this week.

As always, several other smaller talking points are mixed in throughout the show that are not highlighted here in this post.

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  • Jeff Thompson

    So let me see if I heard this correct. The Steelers played man coverage? When? Please tell me what series? I saw them switch up the zone from Cover 3, cover 2 and the Tampa 2 but it was STILL ZONE. I understand the argument “they don’t have the personnel” and “they’re going to go with what got them there” but those are excuses now. If you have every analyst from every sports network and wannabe beat writer saying you can’t sit back and play spot zone against Brady, then why make that your game plan? It’s mind boggling. There was no attempt to play man coverage . That has to change in the offseason.

  • gentry_gee

    They ACTUALLY said that in the podcast??? What are they high?

  • Jeff Thompson

    I’m asking for clarity because he said they switched up the coverage on the first couple of series, which I saw. However, I never saw man coverage and I wanted to verify that I didn’t miss something.

  • SteelersDepot

    They played Cockrell and or Burns up a few times if I remember correctly. All-22 isn’t out yet so I’ll double check

  • mokhkw

    I saw Burns playing a bit of press/man coverage can’t recall any of the other DBs doing so.

  • SteelersDepot

    Went back and listened and think I said play more cover-one meaning some cover one. Is that what you take issue with?

  • Jeff Thompson

    I heard that but I took issue with around there when you say “they played though whole gambit.” I guess more implying some man coverage was sprinkled in there which I took issue with because I didn’t see any attempt at man. However after a second listen, it was more of an assumption on my part.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    A couple of guys I want to address:

    1. Jesse James – I think when you talk about James and drafting a TE you have to ask yourself what the Steelers are looking for. If they want an athletic TE then James isn’t your number 1 guy, but if they are okay having another Heath Miller on the roster, I think he has the chance to become that. He is able to find the soft spot in coverage and he seems to catch most things thrown his way and protect the ball. Even his blocking has improved. So ultimately it is about the direction they want to go. Personally I would be okay with James as our number 1 TE going into next season, especially if we assume Bryant is back to give Ben another super athlete to target.

    2. Lawrence Timmons – He had a great season and if you can get him back around the minimum I think you do it. Outside of that, I don’t think it is the right move given how many people you have to pay coming up. Your vehemence about Williams being an upgrade is noted Dave, but that isn’t really the question now is it? The question is (similar to James at the TE position) what the Steelers want there. If the Steelers want better athletes at the MLB position they are going to need to draft a guy. If however, they are happy with how Timmons played, Vince Williams is your guy for a decent part of the future. He is certainly not an upgrade over Timmons, but he isn’t a drop off either. We have watched him start and we have watched him play well in that role. He is a sure tackler and has a nose for the ball. If I remember right he even had a 16 tackles game this season which was one of the better performances we have seen from any of our defensive players.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    … = ellipsis

  • Thomas

    it’s just you

  • Dave fixed it since my comment.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I feel you are right n the money here…personally I feel that the way Tomlin has been drafting that they want to go more athletic although if we cannot get a guy of decent value doesn’t fall to us I am ok with either one for a season. I could even see a platoon type thing with VW where he is in on 1st down and running downs and then you put in a guy more athletic.

  • LISTEN-UP, GUYS!

    I KNOW EVERY SEASON THE STEELERS DON’T WIN A SUPER BOWL IT’S ALL CONSIDERED A FAILURE. THIS TIME AROUND I HAVE TO DISAGREE WITH THAT.

    THIS SEASON WAS FAR FROM A TOTAL LOSS. WE FOUND OUT THAT THE THREE ROOKIES WE DRAFTED ON DEFENSE ARE EXTREMELY GOOD PLAYERS WITH MASSIVE POTENTIAL.

    YOUNG PLAYERS STEPPED-IN ON OFFENSE AND BECAME A VERY MUCH NEEDED PART OF THIS TEAM.

    WE FOUND OUT THAT WE HAVE THE BEST RUNNING BACK IN THE LEAGUE. EVEN AFTER MISSING GAMES EARLY IN THE SEASON, HE STILL MANAGED TO HAVE A RECORD-BREAKING SEASON THAT MOST OTHER RUNNING BACKS WILL NEVER HAVE IN THEIR ENTIRE CAREER, AND OTHER FAMOUS RUNNING BACKS WHO ARE RETIRED, LOOK AT HIM WITH AMAZEMENT.

    OUR OFFENSIVE LINE GELLED WELL AND PROTECTED BIG BEN AS BEST AS HE’S BEEN PROTECTED HIS ENTIRE CAREER WITH THE STEELERS.

    NEXT SEASON, MARTAVIS BRYAN WILL BE BACK, AND OUR OFFENSE WILL BE AT FULL FORCE ONCE AGAIN.

    ALL OF STEELERS NATION SHOULD BE PROUD OF WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED THIS SEASON. I DIDN’T THINK WE WOULD MAKE IT TO THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, BUT ONCE AGAIN OUR PLAYERS AND COACHING STAFF PROVED THEY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO GET THERE NO MATTER WHAT TYPE OF ADVERSITY THEY HAD TO OVERCOME.

    SO HOLD YOUR HEADS HIGH, STEELERS NATION. LIKE JAMES HARRISON SAID AFTER THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WHEN ASKED IF HE HAS GIVEN UP. HIS RESPONSE IS THE SAME AS ALL STEELERS FAN’S SHOULD BE. SIMPLY PUT…….

    WE ARE NOT DONE YET!