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« on: Nov 11, 2007 at 19:57 »

What do you think of the run play on 3rd down on the last Steeler possession?

I have to agree with Phil Simms that you have to go for the 1st down.  Be agressive and put the game away.  Steeler tradition is what they ended up doing, and if not for the penalty on the Browns, we probably lose that game.

If the 3rd down pass goes incomplete, they have more time on the clock, but who knows.
 
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« Reply #1 on: Nov 11, 2007 at 20:02 »

Yeah, I hear your point.  I agreed with the call at the time and I still do.  The D was surging and I just thought it would take a miracle for the Browns to score.


As it turns out, they never even got in field goal range.

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« Reply #2 on: Nov 11, 2007 at 20:04 »

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What do you think of the run play on 3rd down on the last Steeler possession?

I have to agree with Phil Simms that you have to go for the 1st down.  Be agressive and put the game away.  Steeler tradition is what they ended up doing, and if not for the penalty on the Browns, we probably lose that game.

If the 3rd down pass goes incomplete, they have more time on the clock, but who knows.
I would've like a few more runs to the right to mix it up.  Maybe a sweep or 2?  Just to mix it up anyway.

We won the game.  Ben looks great.

Blood pressure went up on the Holmes reverse in the 1st.
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 11, 2007 at 20:04 »

Actually, they DID get into field goal range. Thank god this was on a wet Heinz Field. If this was on a dry field, or in good weather, I'm afraid that the Stains make that kick.

We should've passed on that 3rd.  
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« Reply #4 on: Nov 11, 2007 at 20:26 »

I had more of a problem with the reverse pass on 3rd and one, and the continual call of play-action to look for the deep ball on 2nd down.  If you're going to do that, do it on 1st down; or better yet, just don't do it at all.  Clearly the Browns had our number on that and it wasn't going to work.  
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« Reply #5 on: Nov 11, 2007 at 20:31 »

It looked like Holmes was open, several times, for a TD but the O-line didn't hold up on any of those plays.

What a freakin catch by Ward on that ball that was3 feet behind him.  Miller with a huge TD (notice I didn't say catch).  That was a sweet snag on what looked to be a rocket from Roethlisberger.
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« Reply #6 on: Nov 11, 2007 at 20:33 »

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Actually, they DID get into field goal range.
Looked to me like the kick was on target, but fell 5 yards short.  That would mean they were out of range, no?

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Thank god this was on a wet Heinz Field. If this was on a dry field, or in good weather, I'm afraid that the Stains make that kick.

Wouldn't you expect your coach to factor this into his decision making process?  
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« Reply #7 on: Nov 11, 2007 at 21:36 »

I was getting pretty tired of the run to the left side for one yard on every first down. I would have preferred more passes early in the game, and by passes, I mean passes with Ben...not Holmes or Parker. I thought Mike Mularkey or Ken Whisnehunt was back in the saddle today.

 
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 11, 2007 at 21:49 »

correct me if i'm wrong, but didnt the Steelers call a passing play on that third down, and Ben took a sack rather than forcing it in there or having the clock stop with an incomplete pass?

i could have sworn the playcall was Ben in shotgun, he dropped back and then stepped up and was sacked.  it was a "safe" pass play, either it was going to be a quick out, or Ben was going to take the sack, but i do believe a pass play was called.

again, i could be wrong, but thats what i remember.
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« Reply #9 on: Nov 11, 2007 at 21:52 »

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correct me if i'm wrong, but didnt the Steelers call a passing play on that third down, and Ben took a sack rather than forcing it in there or having the clock stop with an incomplete pass?

i could have sworn the playcall was Ben in shotgun, he dropped back and then stepped up and was sacked.  it was a "safe" pass play, either it was going to be a quick out, or Ben was going to take the sack, but i do believe a pass play was called.

again, i could be wrong, but thats what i remember.
You're right on the formation, but it looked to me like a designed QB draw.
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