Nada. Once again they had 110 passing yards, gave up 4 sacks, converted 25% of 3rd downs(mostly from a max protect scheme), while managing to score zero points. "Alarmingly effective" does not come to mind when thinking about what the Fins did when in max protect mode.
I dunno who drove the barbed wire post up your rectum, friend.
What I found "alarmingly effective" about their max protect package is this:
1) It gave Beck all day to pass.
2) Their completion % was higher in those situations than "regular" pass plays.
3) Had the Dolphins' receivers not dropped a lot of HUGE passes, it would've been more effective still, and the Steelers might be 7-4 right now instead of 8-3.
You can't blame dropped balls on the ineffectiveness of a formation.
No barbed wire here...its just my humble opinion that the means equal the end. They ended up with squat ergo they did squat. He had a couple of good throws and the receivers did find some space here and there, but they did give up all 4 sacks in the second half when they used that formation more. So you can't say it provided him much more time. And the, if the receivers caught the ball thing is akin to the , what if Barry Foster ran the correct route on 4th and goal from the 3 in the '94 AFCC thing. But you are right, they could have easily been 7-4 after that game.
Maybe all of us watching the suckage that is the 2007-8 Pittsburgh Steeler OL too much has warped our reality of what good pass pro is. Even the 0-10 Dolphins looked good against us. Same with every shitty DL they have faced.
And you can't compare what the Fins and what the Pats would do with that formation. The Pats can definately get just Moss and Stallworth open in that formation on anybody and you know that bastard Brady will get it to the open guy. Much different personnel, that Lebeau would have to call a different game. While I am hopeful the Steelers win in NE, I certainly don't expect it. If BR plays lights out and FWP does too, and the OL protects, and Reed hits some FG's, and ST plays well, Tomlin doesn't make a bad challenge, Troy finally makes a pick 6, the D holds them at 28 or under, Golden Boy goes down, and the cow jumps over the moon then its possible they might have a definate maybe's chance of winning.