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lamberts-lost-tooth
09-15-2008, 03:38 AM
Steelers Report Card: Game Two vs. Browns
Monday, September 15, 2008
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Quarterback B
Playing with a sore shoulder and in extreme wind gusts, Ben Roethlisberger did a nice job to protect the ball and not try to force passes over the middle. The decision to come back to Hines Ward on an 11-yard touchdown, a play after Ward dropped a pass in the end zone, was a sign of his maturity. He also hit Ward for a 31-yard gain from their own 2 in the third to deflate the Browns.

Running backs B
Willie Parker had 54 of his 105 yards on 14 carries in the first half and continues to display patience in waiting for his blockers to create some seams. His biggest carry, and longest gain, came on fourth-and-1 at the Browns' 40 when he gained 13 yards around the right side to keep alive the first scoring drive. Testament to his endurance. Carey Davis was the only other back with a carry (1).

Receivers B+
Santonio Holmes had another big game in Ohio, catching four passes in the first half and a 48-yarder early in the third to set up a field goal. One play after dropping a pass in the end zone, Hines Ward caught an 11-yard TD, his third in two games. TE Heath Miller finished with two catches for 33 yards, but he was utilized like a pulling guard on the run and made several big blocks for Parker.

Offensive line B
The Browns blitzed a little more than usual and were able to sack Roethlisberger three times. But the offensive line got a good push against the Browns' three-man front, including NT Shaun Rogers, and created enough room to grind out 117 yards on 31 carries. Chris Kemoeatu continues to stand out as a pulling guard and LT Marvel Smith silenced OLB Kameron Wimbley.

Defensive line B
DE Brett Keisel went out in the first quarter with a calf injury, forcing Travis Kirschke to play the right side and taking away the team's best rushing lineman. But the defense did a good job against the run, holding Jamal Lewis to 38 yards on 19 carries, including 15 in the first half. The Browns finished with 53 yards rushing on 25 attempts and their longest run was 8 yards.

Linebackers B-
The Steelers did not blitz as much as usual and did not register a sack until seven minutes remained. Outside linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley, who had four sacks last week, did not have a sack against Anderson. James Farrior made a number of big plays against the run, but he was assessed a costly taunting penalty after an incomplete pass.

Defensive backs B+
Anderson didn't have a lot of open receivers, and when he did Braylon Edwards dropped the ball on at least two occasions. CB Bryant McFadden, starting for injured Deshea Townsend, had an interception and made a big breakup on third down with 3:24 remaining. Troy Polamalu was very active, disrupting several plays and making a big interception at the 3 at the end of the first half.

Special teams A
The smartest plays were turned in by Mewelde Moore, who decided not to catch three punts because of the way the ball was floating and changing direction in the wind gusts. But the coverage units were outstanding again, particularly LB Keyaron Fox and RB Carey Davis, keeping Joshua Cribbs under control on kick and punt returns. Jeff Reed made a 48-yard FG in the third quarter.

Coaching B
Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians did a good job to limit Roethlisberger's attempts because of the wind and used Parker to set up some of the big plays in the passing game. But the offense used 2 timeouts in 5 plays near the end of the first half. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau elected to drop more players into coverage to prevent big plays. The longest play allowed was 23 yards.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08259/912343-66.stm

Galax Steeler
09-15-2008, 03:58 AM
That is a good report card I really like our special teams I think they done a great job of covering Cribbs and not letting him get out in to space.

Aussie_steeler
09-15-2008, 07:39 AM
Hard call to say that the linebackers were the lowest graded unit on the night. Farrior did a great job in shadowing and shutting down Jamal Lewis.

Overall that was a solid team performance across the board by all units.

The thing that struck me the most was the lack of substitutions throughout the game ( or thats how it seemed) Most of the starters played the majority of the night with the exception of Keisel.

El-Gonzo Jackson
09-15-2008, 08:42 AM
I think pretty accurate, but have to downgrade the special teams performance because OF not being able to field punts. Moore gave up field position by not being able to catch the punts in the air, while Josh Cribbs handled the ball and was covered well.

tony hipchest
09-15-2008, 07:24 PM
I think pretty accurate, but have to downgrade the special teams performance because OF not being able to field punts. Moore gave up field position by not being able to catch the punts in the air, while Josh Cribbs handled the ball and was covered well.

thats pretty much just a coaching call though.

brownie coaches to cribbs-

"we need a td from you tonight as the steelers slip and slide around trying to tackle you."

steeler coaches to moore-

"no need to be a hero... play it safe. better to lose a few yds of field position than to put wet balls on the turf."

verks36
09-15-2008, 07:47 PM
thats pretty much just a coaching call though.

brownie coaches to cribbs-

"we need a td from you tonight as the steelers slip and slide around trying to tackle you."

steeler coaches to moore-

"no need to be a hero... play it safe. better to lose a few yds of field position than to put wet balls on the turf."

well put tony

tony hipchest
09-15-2008, 08:09 PM
well put tonythanks. i liked the "wet balls on the turf" part myself. :chuckle:

SteelMember
09-16-2008, 06:39 AM
thanks. i liked the "wet balls on the turf" part myself. :chuckle:
Yeah. I thought we were talking returners though, not Willie Parker.:sofunny:

Somebody could have at least taped that up for the guy.

GBMelBlount
09-16-2008, 06:47 AM
Special teams A

The smartest plays were turned in by Mewelde Moore, who decided not to catch three punts because of the way the ball was floating and changing direction in the wind gusts. But the coverage units were outstanding again, particularly LB Keyaron Fox and RB Carey Davis, keeping Joshua Cribbs under control on kick and punt returns. Jeff Reed made a 48-yard FG in the third quarter.

I am most excited about how the special teams has looked so far this year.


Yeah. I thought we were talking returners though, not Willie Parker.:sofunny:

Somebody could have at least taped that up for the guy.

LOL! Good one. :laughing:

lilyoder6
09-16-2008, 09:41 AM
the only thing i would dock would be the kick off return that NO ONE caught and we almost gave the ball the the browns at the 3 yrd line.. that was too scary

steelreserve
09-16-2008, 11:15 AM
I would've thought they'd have given the defense some A's. I mean, no matter what the weather was like, we held them to 6 points.

Dino 6 Rings
09-16-2008, 12:30 PM
the only thing i would dock would be the kick off return that NO ONE caught and we almost gave the ball the the browns at the 3 yrd line.. that was too scary

I agree with this. That was a near game changing moment.

OX1947
09-16-2008, 12:49 PM
Ward is the best player I have ever seen who makes a goof and then makes up for it immediately. Its Kobe Bryantesque, its amazing, everytime he makes a mistake, boom, the next play or sometime in that series he makes up for it.

Stlrs4Life
09-16-2008, 08:29 PM
Pretty fair assessment, I can live with that.