12.21.2008

A Sloppy Effort And, Hopefully, a Wake-Up Call

Thanks for the motivation, shithead.

There wasn't a whole lot of positives to take away from a 31-14 loss to the Titans to place the Steelers as the two-seed in the AFC. The defense gave up more than 300 yards for the first time in the season, registered only one sack and forced no turnovers. Ben Roethlisberger committed four turnovers, several at key inopportune moments. And Bruce Arians gameplan still makes less than no sense.

Still, I didn't come away from this game believing Pittsburgh couldn't take this team in a postseason rematch, even with Haynesworth and Vanden Bosch. Coming off three tough, emotional games against the Pats, Cowboys and Ravens, the Steelers were about due for a letdown and that's what they got. They squandered opportunities, while the Titans played almost flawlessly and the Steelers were still either winning or in it for the majority of the game.

Granted, the Steelers were royally rumped by the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty called on Aaron Smith for supposedly calling out the Titans snap count on a field goal attempt near the end of the third quarter, thus allowing Tennessee to go up 24-14 and change the outlook of the game. Would the Steelers have come back if it remained a one-score game? Maybe. Maybe not. But I'm curious to see all the people who say the refs hand the Steelers all their wins after that one. That was a questionable call the broadcasting team wouldn't even touch the rest of the game.

Nevertheless, the more mistake-prone team rightfully lost. A Steelers team committing four turnovers, and nearly two more on fumbles, had no business winning this game. This team left a bunch of points on the field and certainly lived to regret it. Roethlisberger deserves a lot of the blame, as does Arians. Ben is to be faulted for coughing up the ball near the goal line on his run, but look at Arians two inept running plays out of passing formations that preceded that. None of the Steelers opponents are ever fooled by it. The three tight end formation has proven time and time again to be ineffective when blocking for the run, yet Arians repeatedly refuses to go back to the I.

Going into this game, I had no animus toward the Titans. But Tennessee is chock full of gloating, high-stepping assholes. Whether it was Chris Johnson dancing into the endzone on his touchdown or LenDale stomping on the towel, this team showed less than no class against a Steelers team they have no reason to hate. I'm looking forward to seeing Tennessee again come January.

13 comments:

bigdaddyperrotta said...

ape do you think our game plan was perhaps "vanilla'd?"

as in not wanting to show tennesee alot because of a potential post season match up? I can see that. Even with this loss i was barely mad. The thing that pissed me off the most was fat dick boy stompin on the flag, which is ballsy. Best believe the steelers will be fired up for the playoffs so i think more good came out of that than disrespect. More like a motovation. I have no fear in the titans and i believe we can and will beat them in the playoffs, with or without fat fuck haynesworth and vanden bosch.

Fire bruce arians. This fuckin confusion draw play doesnt work just like the fucking counter on 4th and inches doesnt work.

come to think of it i am fucking pissed off. fucking cunt.

Christmas Ape said...

No, I don't think Arians held anything back, as if that were even possible. Still, I think the Steelers will be plenty fired up if they see this team again.

Spatula said...

Welcome to the Titan's haters. You can't tell me that that douchnozzle, Jeff Fisher, didn't tell his player to try to seriously injure Tommy Maddox. I've been watching football for 40 years now, and I've never seen a player lever himself up off the ground by pressing his forearm against the opponent's neck and pushing his entire body weight on the neck. Fuck Jeff Fisher and fuck the Titans.

Anonymous said...

I want him dead! I want his family dead! I want his house burned to the ground!

OCSteeler74

Buck said...

Arians has to go. Can we get an offensive coordinator who understands what a fullback is and how to use him. Sweet Jesus..........FWP can not cleasr our miserable line without a back clearing the hole for him. Bruce lets try an experiment, use a fullback next week and if FWP runs better than maybe, maybe its your shitty play calling and the horrible line.

Anonymous said...

I didn't like the terrible towel taunting, but I am not upset by this loss. Going into the game I felt like the outcome didn't matter, because I believe the Titans will lose their first game and the Steelers will still have home field for AFC championship game.

The only down side of having a sucessful playoff run is Arians will still be here next year.

matt said...

I agree Ape, I respected Fisher & the Titans before the game started...

Now, fuck all of those dudes, esp fatass LenDale.

tecmo said...

I've always hated Fisher and the Titans. Old AFC Central rivals. McNair and Fisher always seemed to have our number.

However, I don;t think Arians vanilla'd the O gameplan, but LeBeau was clearly holding back. No confusion, straight bullrushes by Woodley and Harrison and hardly any defensive pre-snap movement.

Personally, I think the team is tired. Woodley and Harrison haven't been getting the corner as much as they've been just running into the O Tackles. But that changes when Tomlin rests some guys during the second half of next week's game and they get teh bye. I'm looking for the pass rush to explode in our first playoff game.

tecmo said...

Oh...and I forgot about the game the minute it was over. The 1 seed woulda been nice, but we weren't even in that conversation until the Titans blew that game against the Texans last week. We still got a bye and a top 2 seed. I'm usually pretty pissed after a loss, but I'm more or less indifferent after this one.

Christmas Ape said...

I'll agree with the pass rush being tired. Woodley has gone since the New England game without a sack and even that one was in garbage time. Harrison is obviously hobbled, but still dominant even at, I'd guess, 85 percent.

Paul said...

"Going into this game, I had no animus toward the Titans..."

Funny, I was telling my brother the same thing before this game. Now the Titans have just sunk to Raven/Patriots hatred levels.

Mosh Pitt said...

There's no way that offensive game plan was held back. There's 14 other games, not including next week because half our starters shouldn't be playing past the 2nd quarter, for Tennessee to watch game films of if Pittsburgh were to face them in the playoffs. Based on that reasoning, I'm inclined to believe the defensive gameplan wasn't half-assed on purpose as well. I think Woodly and Harrison are just worn down from a long season.

ladi_izz said...

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly, and expecting different results; therefore Bruce Arians is bat-shit insane.

@ 2nd Anon.: If the Steelers were to have a deep playoff run, maybe some idiot *cough*AlDavis*cough* would be stupid enough to hire Arians as a HC.

As redundant as it is, Fuck the Titans with a red-hot poker.