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 on: Oct 21, 2014 at 11:41 
Started by aj_law - Last post by aj_law
Any chance that the forecast calls for a deluge this weekend in Pittsburgh?

 on: Oct 21, 2014 at 11:39 
Started by Preacherman0 - Last post by aj_law
So how does the front office get it so wrong on Jones?  He doesn't fit the typical college DE transition to 3-4 OLB that the Steelers usually draft.  And he can't learn the system?  Did they even interview the guy?

Alonzo Jackson couldn't hack it either.  I know he was a R2 pick, but goddamned if JJ doesn't remind me of him.  Stiff, slow, easily overpowered, etc.

What's crazy is that if IIRC, they did a ton of legwork (e.g. pro day, interview, etc.) on JJ too.  Maybe he's a good character guy and they focused too much on that?

Funny that when you look at their 2013 draft (except for that pesky R1 pick), there's a chance that it could pay some very nice  dividends in the future...Bell, Wheaton, Shark, Justin Brown, Vince Williams...

 on: Oct 21, 2014 at 11:24 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by aj_law
So now they lose Shaq Richardson via injury settlement.  Is the plan to draft 7 corners next year?


 on: Oct 21, 2014 at 11:22 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by aj_law
At the end of the day, if the other team gives you the ball twice inside their own red zone, you better damn well win that game.

The offense still looks constipated and I'm not quite sure where the problem lies.  Haley?  #7?  Is it a group problem on that side of the ball?  I saw ineptitude when they huddled up and ran a called play; when BR audibled (or called what looked like an audible) at the LOS; and, when they ran the hurry up, no huddle where Ben supposedly has the discretion to call whatever play he wants.

Things still feel and look very helter skelter on O.  There's still no rhythm at all.  Which seems to be just how #7 likes it.  The problem is that I'm not sure he still has the physical abilities to play like that anymore.  He wants to be able to drop back...look, look, pumpfake, slide to one side, pumpfake, dodge a defender, rollout and make a throw.  Where's the 3 step drop...BAM!  Five step drop...look, look, BAM!  You just don't see that with him and as he ages and slows, that's going to become a problem.  When your bread and butter is your escapeability and propensity for making something out of nothing, you better be a mobile guy.  When that's gone, well, shit starts getting ugly...quick.  You can't expect to hold the ball back there for 4 or 5 seconds on every drop back as a 30 something QB.  You're gonna have a bad time.

I really think that #7 needs to work on the little details more.  Case in point on one play last night.  Single back set, at the snap, he turns and does a kind of half-hearted attempt at play action.  I knew from the second he turned that it was a pass.  He barely made the motion to hand the ball off to Bell.  It was a quick, half second look, arm extension to the back ("Want this ball?  Sike!!") before he turned and was facing the LOS looking downfield.  Don't recall exactly where he ended up throwing it, but it was an incomplete pass.

It's those little things that make the difference between a well oiled offensive machine and a group that does enough just to get by.  Offensively, they certainly have resembled the latter more than the former.  Just enough.  Just enough.

The one thing I have a real gripe about was the opening play call.  A read option, QB keeper?  In that sitch?  Really??  Seems like it would've been the perfect call to keep in your back pocket for a crucial 3rd and short for a 1st or 4th down scenario.  But, on the opening play of the game?  Is that Haley's attempt at "getting the defense back on their heels?"  Didn't like that one at all.

 on: Oct 21, 2014 at 09:19 
Started by Preacherman0 - Last post by jonzr
So how does the front office get it so wrong on Jones?  He doesn't fit the typical college DE transition to 3-4 OLB that the Steelers usually draft.  And he can't learn the system?  Did they even interview the guy?

 on: Oct 21, 2014 at 08:32 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by Big Virgil
Luck brings a different level of play vs the dipsh!t at QB last night for the Texans.  The D is going to get carved up.

I really thought it was ipossible to have worse play calling than BA displayed, but Haley has achieved this feat.  They had a ton of plays last night getting the ball to Bell and AB.  Where have those been the last two games.  How about a slant to AB in single coverage and no other defenders within 20 yards of him?  Last night was a refreshing switch from run, run, pass, punt, even though most of the time the play calling was total crap.  Ben, Bell and AB making it happen for the most part then Haley must have taken prescription pain meds when they scored 3 TD's on 3 posessions in RZ.

If Texans didn't hand it to them, they would have gotten spanked, again.

 on: Oct 21, 2014 at 08:20 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by aj_law


 on: Oct 21, 2014 at 07:24 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by Merman1983
So now they lose Shaq Richardson via injury settlement.  Is the plan to draft 7 corners next year?

 on: Oct 20, 2014 at 23:39 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by Preacherman0
Still have multiple issues with this team. The offense just looks disheveled except for the big plays, and there is still a disconnect between common sense coaching and play calling/execution on the field. We ran the ball reasonably well, so why not keep it up, milk some clock, and kick the FG? Of course, if AB gets the second foot down, we're not even talking about it...but how can you criticize that guy? (okay, I did, for the drop vs. TB, but still...)

Have to look at the positives as well:

-Fewest penalties of the year

-Turnovers. Finally, created some turnovers

-Adams was actually respectable. Worst play of the night might have been the reverse pass.

-Steelers are 4-3, really could be 5-2. That's hard to believe, since they are such a Jekyll-and-Hyde product. But still, they're in this, as ridiculous as that sounds.

Of course, they could easily be 2-5 as well.

 on: Oct 20, 2014 at 23:03 
Started by Merman1983 - Last post by pensodyssey
(exceptions - Montana-Young, Manning-Luck).

Just sayin'.  I know you can't expect to automatically replace one HOF-er with another, but it might not be as hard as it seems to find a decent QB.  Unless you're the redskins.  Then it's damned hard.

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