12.16.2007

The Steelers Were a Physical Team Once

The Steelers deserve some credit for coming back to tie a game that they had little business being in at any point. The Steelers surrendered 224 rushing yards and five sacks of Ben Roethlisberger, while the defense couldn't stop the Jaguars on 4th downs, couldn't stop shotgun draws on 3rd and long and just plain couldn't stop Fred Taylor.

The defense missed a plethora of tackles and minus Troy Polamalu being the only one making plays, probably wouldn't have been able to come up with any stops against the Jags' punishing offense. The streak of games in which the Steelers have failed to sack the opposing quarterback, meanwhile, has been extended to three games.

Bruce Arians' stubborn refusal to run the ball when the game was in reach, despite Willie Parker gaining 100 yards on only 14 carries, coupled with a handful of drops by the receivers at critical moments - the most glaring of which was Hines Ward's wide open drop on the Steelers' penultimate drive of the first half - allowed the Jaguars to completely dictate the time of possession and tire out a defense that wasn't doing itself any favors.

The Steelers now much win out with two games on the road, the next of which in four days in St. Louis, to beat out the Browns for the tiebreaker in the division. With each passing week, it seems more questions than answers arise and the answers that do come aren't positive ones.

7 comments:

Bert in Hershey said...

You nailed it in your tags,
The O-line is horrible, Arians has made some questionable play calling, and did the Jags even get a penalty called on them?
The Defense puts no pressure on the Qb and that leads to the secondary looking pathetic. Can someone besides Polamalu make a tackle? Smith got a INT but that was a gift, no spectacular play required.
I am not a football coach, but it is apparent even to me that if you put the Steelers in 3rd and long, Blitz because you will put Ben on his back.

Sadly, I feel the Browns will win the division, and maybe the Steelers make a wild card slot. I doubt they will win either road game (unless the Ravens totally quit).

peytonloveskenny said...

Tomlin was rather pissed after that game. Maybe he should use that anger to beat the shit out of anyone on the line not named Alan Faneca.

Anonymous said...

Willie Parker was on fire. Arians ever hear of say, riding the hot hand? If Arians ain't gonna run, he can go coach the Saints.

We're not going far, right now I'm rooting for Green Bay to beat the colts/pats (cuz i hate both of em, and who can hate Favre?)

We need a new center, and to keep Faneca. We can always extend Big Ben next year, everyone knows he's staying for life.

quiet strength said...

Well...at least the Colts and Pats look beatable. Not as beatable as the Steelers, but still...

Anonymous said...

Faneca still has at least one or two plays a game where he puts no effort in blocking and the guy blows right by him. He is NOT worth the $ it will cost to keep him.

Cotter said...

Just 'cause we can't beat playoff teams in the regular season doesn't mean we can't beat 'em in the post season...just a thought.

Hey, remember when we signed Sean Mahan as pretty much the only free agent in Steelers history? For like 17 million over 5 years? Now that's what I call allocating resources...We've really gotten our money's worth in sacks allowed and holding calls...

MDultrarunner said...

At least I got to console myself watching the Ravens lose to the Dolphins and seeing Baltimore County of Corrections Inmate #52 leave the game with a broken hand.

Maybe Arians could learn from Norv Turner. Once that coodinator-who-will-forever-suck-as-a-head-coach listened to what everybody else told him, to give Tomlinson the ball, the Chargers--surprise!-- started winning games. Brilliant! Ride FWP, who woulda thunk it? Brilliant!