No I know the Jags OL is much better than the STeelers. And yes, I was also completely unsurprised at either the Jags or Steelers call. I also know that Ben has more yards running than Gerrard this year. I am also not defending Arians' call - I also hated it. But the difference between bad call (ours) and good calls (theirs) is largely because it worked.
Let me play devil's advocate. You give me the call you would have sent in, and be somewhat specific in terms of formation. I have three formations written down, which could probably yield about 7-10 different plays, depending. And I'm sure defensive coordinators would anticipate a few more than that, but this is off the top of my head.
I think Arians was trying to catch the other team off guard. Let's see how you do with playcalling.
Sorry. You can't be results oriented. You can't say that a play is "good" because it works or "bad" if it fails.
If a play has a low probability of success for achieving the desired result (a 1st down), it's a "bad" call.
Going off tackle left, off tackle right, QB sweep left, up by one
with almost 4 minutes to go deep in your own end is beyond a bad call. Run on 1st...fine. Najeh picks up 5, you fucking throw it on 2nd down. Formation? Personnel? Whatever. Take your pick. They're expecting a pussyfooted run. Go PAP to Miller or Ward...money. Pick up the first and Jacksonville probably doesn't touch it again for the rest of the game.Again
, put it in Ben's hands and let him get it done.
Now, if they were up by two
scores? Different story. Then, I could live with it.
Bottom line is they had their boot on the Jaguar's throat in this fight, but they didn't just let them get up, they handed 'em a knife in the process.