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mesaSteeler
12-22-2008, 05:16 PM
Beating a wake-up call for Steelers
Commentary by Mike Ciarochi
http://www.heraldstandard.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20226020&BRD=2280&PAG=461&dept_id=468632&rfi=6
Mike Ciarochi

NASHVILLE - As beatings go, this one was about as thorough as they get. Tennessee's 31-14 drubbing of the Steelers featured the first 300-yard offensive hit the Steelers defense has allowed and a four-turnover performance from the Pittsburgh offense.
And it couldn't have happened at a better time for a team with aspirations of playing not just into January, but through it.

It was certainly a humbling experience for coach Mike Tomlin's team. It reminded each and every player that showing up is not all that's required to get wins in this league. It proved to them that turnovers are deadly. It proved that no matter how good a defense plays, an opposing offense can have its way, if only for a day.

We'll find out next Sunday how much of the message sunk in. The Cleveland Browns are coming to town for what will amount to a tune-up for playoff games to follow. But we'll be able to tell by how the Steelers approach that game whether they fully absorbed the message delivered in this one.

Rest assured, this was no fluke. Tennessee is that good, good enough to make the Steelers defense look human, good enough to make the offense pay for its mistakes.

"Today wasn't typical of us, going out there and shooting ourselves in the foot like that," Hines Ward said, referring to the four turnovers Tennessee caused. "Today was not one of our great performances.

"Luckily for us, today wasn't the playoffs or we'd be heading home for good. We can work on it next week and get ready for the playoffs."

"They whooped us pretty good," linebacker Larry Foote said. "Maybe this will be good for us. I think we'll learn from it."

The Steelers learned a lot about the Titans. A little film study will show them what it will take if a rematch is in the future.

"You don't win 13 games by accident," safety Ryan Clark said. "Everybody kept saying they aren't that good, but they proved to us just how good they really are."

A lot of pre-game chatter centered on Tennessee's loss of their best two defensive linemen. No way, most analysts thought, the Titans would be able to win this game without tackle Albert Hainesworth and end Kyle Vanden Bosch.

That the Steelers lost without even facing either of those guys should remind them that they are not invincible.

"It was good for us," Clark said. "I don't know if I'd call it a wake-up call because we've been on the edge for weeks now. After a while, you kind of sleepwalk through some of it and today we were off a step or two the whole game. It should help us to refocus and get ready for what lies ahead."

Tomlin vowed that he would not rest any players against the Browns, partly because they are the Browns but largely because he doesn't want the bad taste from this game to linger any longer than necessary.

"We are not making excuses," Tomlin said. "That was a signature performance out there and our name is on it. I look forward to Cleveland because that's how we live."

The Steelers put a stinker out there on tape for everybody to see. They have a chance to make corrections and right their ship. That's as good as it gets.

That plan worked in 2005, when the Steelers laid an egg against the Colts in Indianapolis during the regular season, only to learn from that trip and use the knowledge against the Colts in the playoffs. That season ended with a Super Bowl XL win.

This one? Stay tuned. We'll all find out together.

Sports editor Mike Ciarochi may be reached at mciarochi@heraldstandard.com

Roethlisberger Era
12-22-2008, 05:21 PM
I'd much rather get this beating out of our system now than in the playoffs. I think these guys are right when they say that this was good for us, and it kind of reminded us that we have to work for everything.

Alls we have to do is stay away from the stupid mistakes. I don't think the Titans physically beat us up, they just took advantage of self inflicted mistakes.

WindyCitySteelerFan
12-22-2008, 05:34 PM
Quite frankly, I don't think we wanted to have the #1 seed target on our backs...

Look at the playoff history, not many #1 seeds have made it all the way.

I'm fine with one home game.. We got our bye week, that was the most important thing.

The Duke
12-22-2008, 06:44 PM
How about all the attention they received last week?

SI cover, ESPN mag. Maybe, just maybe it all went to their heads

Anyway, LeBeau won't let it happen in the playoffs :tt02:

NYC SteelersFan
12-22-2008, 06:48 PM
The 2 lower seeds are the more dangerous teams anyway, I rather be the #2 seed if I could pick.

GridironWarrior
12-22-2008, 06:48 PM
Until something is done w/Arians and Oline this was not a wake up call. The Offense is keeping this team from being a threat in the playoffs. The Titans as much as I hate to say are playing Steelers football. Everything starts up front. Their Dline is good and their Oline is excellent, on par with the Giants. They have toughness on the offense which this team lacks. To be honest I don't want Pitt playing the Titans again.

stillers4me
12-22-2008, 06:53 PM
How about all the attention they received last week?

SI cover, ESPN mag. Maybe, just maybe it all went to their heads

Anyway, LeBeau won't let it happen in the playoffs :tt02:

I don't think it went to their heads as much as it played with the Titans heads.

And don't expect any big changes in the Oline or coaching staff at this point of the season.

We gots what we gots.

T.Richardson
12-22-2008, 07:23 PM
Beating a wake-up call for Steelers
Commentary by Mike Ciarochi
http://www.heraldstandard.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20226020&BRD=2280&PAG=461&dept_id=468632&rfi=6
Mike Ciarochi

NASHVILLE - As beatings go, this one was about as thorough as they get. Tennessee's 31-14 drubbing of the Steelers featured the first 300-yard offensive hit the Steelers defense has allowed and a four-turnover performance from the Pittsburgh offense.
And it couldn't have happened at a better time for a team with aspirations of playing not just into January, but through it.

It was certainly a humbling experience for coach Mike Tomlin's team. It reminded each and every player that showing up is not all that's required to get wins in this league. It proved to them that turnovers are deadly. It proved that no matter how good a defense plays, an opposing offense can have its way, if only for a day.

We'll find out next Sunday how much of the message sunk in. The Cleveland Browns are coming to town for what will amount to a tune-up for playoff games to follow. But we'll be able to tell by how the Steelers approach that game whether they fully absorbed the message delivered in this one.

Rest assured, this was no fluke. Tennessee is that good, good enough to make the Steelers defense look human, good enough to make the offense pay for its mistakes.

"Today wasn't typical of us, going out there and shooting ourselves in the foot like that," Hines Ward said, referring to the four turnovers Tennessee caused. "Today was not one of our great performances.

"Luckily for us, today wasn't the playoffs or we'd be heading home for good. We can work on it next week and get ready for the playoffs."

"They whooped us pretty good," linebacker Larry Foote said. "Maybe this will be good for us. I think we'll learn from it."

The Steelers learned a lot about the Titans. A little film study will show them what it will take if a rematch is in the future.

"You don't win 13 games by accident," safety Ryan Clark said. "Everybody kept saying they aren't that good, but they proved to us just how good they really are."

A lot of pre-game chatter centered on Tennessee's loss of their best two defensive linemen. No way, most analysts thought, the Titans would be able to win this game without tackle Albert Hainesworth and end Kyle Vanden Bosch.

That the Steelers lost without even facing either of those guys should remind them that they are not invincible.

"It was good for us," Clark said. "I don't know if I'd call it a wake-up call because we've been on the edge for weeks now. After a while, you kind of sleepwalk through some of it and today we were off a step or two the whole game. It should help us to refocus and get ready for what lies ahead."

Tomlin vowed that he would not rest any players against the Browns, partly because they are the Browns but largely because he doesn't want the bad taste from this game to linger any longer than necessary.

"We are not making excuses," Tomlin said. "That was a signature performance out there and our name is on it. I look forward to Cleveland because that's how we live."

The Steelers put a stinker out there on tape for everybody to see. They have a chance to make corrections and right their ship. That's as good as it gets.

That plan worked in 2005, when the Steelers laid an egg against the Colts in Indianapolis during the regular season, only to learn from that trip and use the knowledge against the Colts in the playoffs. That season ended with a Super Bowl XL win.

This one? Stay tuned. We'll all find out together.

Sports editor Mike Ciarochi may be reached at mciarochi@heraldstandard.com

I thought that was a funny reason, because they are the browns lol.

lilyoder6
12-22-2008, 09:51 PM
i think that tomlin will play the starters 4 the 1st half 4 sure... then could take them out after a while in the 3rd qtr...

eafratitpm3
12-22-2008, 11:50 PM
Until something is done w/Arians and Oline this was not a wake up call. The Offense is keeping this team from being a threat in the playoffs. The Titans as much as I hate to say are playing Steelers football. Everything starts up front. Their Dline is good and their Oline is excellent, on par with the Giants. They have toughness on the offense which this team lacks. To be honest I don't want Pitt playing the Titans again.

I agree to some extent with the Offense but the thing that is keeping this teamfrom being a Threat is the TURNOVERS. I don't care how bad the offense is, if you look at the games we lost there were critical turnovers in each game that cost us the W. If we can eliminate the turnovers we will be SB Champs!!!!

jdsdaguy
12-23-2008, 05:01 AM
the steelers have a fighting , never quit mentallity. that was the biggest thing i saw missing in the tits game. i didn't see the team united that is usually there. both sides of the ball were lacking this. if that is any indication of a tired team, i would say we were tired. this is the nfl. its alot harder to play as hard as we have played week in and week out . i don't really think they have lost anything but a game. as degrading as it was, i think the whoopin we took sunday was long overdue. unfortionatly it was from a classless team that will get theirs in the end. i really see the steelers coming back refocused and rejuivinated next week. this team wants to win and from what i've seen this season they can and will rebound.

jdsdaguy
12-23-2008, 05:06 AM
the steelers have a fighting , never quit mentallity. that was the biggest thing i saw missing in the tits game. i didn't see the team united that is usually there. both sides of the ball were lacking this. if that is any indication of a tired team, i would say we were tired. this is the nfl. its alot harder to play as hard as we have played week in and week out . i don't really think they have lost anything but a game. as degrading as it was, i think the whoopin we took sunday was long overdue. unfortionatly it was from a classless team that will get theirs in the end. i really see the steelers coming back refocused and rejuivinated next week. this team wants to win and from what i've seen this season they can and will rebound.

meelanova
12-23-2008, 05:14 PM
Most def. wake up call

markymarc
12-24-2008, 06:24 AM
This better be a wake up call for the Steelers otherwise it will be an early playoff exit. While a win is good I am not going to get all excited by beating up on the Brownies on Sunday. Everybody from the coaches to the players need to get that edge back in the next 2 1/2 weeks.