I'd add a third bullet: the Steelers HC must reign in Ben.
This year, I've come to appreciate Ben's toughness more than I ever have. That said, I think he's an egotistical idiot on the field who thinks he has no physical limitations. He needs to be given a good system and play within it. If he can't, bench him. Severely injured, he's virtually worthless. More and more, his unwillingness to get rid of the ball is getting him severely injured.
Also, no more of Ben drinking tea or whatever with the OC on his porch. That "friends" shit is for the birds.
Completely agree with this. Again, the things that make someone great can ultimately destroy them. Time to start becoming less Farve-ish. If Ben dumps the ball off to Redman when we are at the Denver 45 instead of post fumble/penalty, we have a chance to kick the FG and win it.
Yep...I just looked at the Play-by-play. That one play maybe costs us the game (ultimately - even though all of the plays before it were why it mattered in this case). Here's how it did happen.
1st and 10 at Denver 45 (0:29) - Sack...loss of 11 (Steelers call timeout)
2nd and 21 at Pittsburgh 44 (0:18) - Incomplete pass (hines ward)
3rd and 21 at Pittsburgh 44 (0:12) - Delay of game (5 yard loss)
3rd and 26 at Pittsburgh 39 (0:12) - Issac Redman Reception 12 yards (out of bounds)
4th and 14 at Denver 49 (0:01) - Sack...loss of 15 (Game over) (would have been about a 66 yard FG attempt - Sims still though we should have tried *eyeroll*)
If instead of the first sack, he throws it away, we're 2nd and 10 with an extra timeout and probably a few extra seconds. I see the rest of the drive maybe going something like this:
1st and 10 at Denver 45 (0:29) - Throw away
2nd and 10 at Denver 45 (0:25) - Incomplete pass (hines ward)
3rd and 10 at Denver 45 (0:19) - Timeout to avoid Delay of game
3rd and 10 at Denver 45 (0:19) - Issac Redman Reception 12 yards (out of bounds)
1st and 10 at Denver 33 (0:08) - Run quick slant + immediately down and timeout...Call it +5 yards.
2nd and 5 at Denver 28 (0:01) - 45 yard FG attempt in Denver (or 50 if the previous pass was incomplete)
I'm not saying that Swisham would have made the kick (I'm actually guessing he would have missed), but we would have at least been able to try to win the game in regulation.
Given that same scenario, there would even be another option if there's not the confidence in the kicker to go for the kick. On the quick slant play, fake it as they know the play has to be quick in order to get down and get the timeout for the FG try. So line up with two receivers stacked (to guarantee a clean release), Wallace or Brown take one step to the inside with a quick pump fake, then cut outside (off the pick of the other WR) to go deep and you go for it all on a hail mary and see if they can beat everyone to the endzone.