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mesaSteeler
10-05-2009, 09:34 PM
Roethlisberger says team right on the bell
October 5, 4:28 AMPittsburgh Sports Examiner
Matt Pawlikowski
http://www.examiner.com/x-2703-Pittsburgh-Sports-Examiner~y2009m10d5-Roethlisberger-says-team-right-on-the-bell

PITTSBURGH - The Steelers finally had their breakout game as the downed the Chargers 38-28. It marked the 14th time the team had beaten the Bolts in Pittsburgh. But as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said, they finally answered the bell.

The Steelers finished the night with 497 yards offense, including a season high 177 yards rushing and 320 yards passing. The team also had a season high 32 first downs, and were 8 of 12 on third down attempts.

Rashard Mendenhall led the way. Making a start in place of the injured Willie Parker the second year back had a career game with two touchdowns. Roethlisberger had yet another 300 yard passing game and the team did what it hasn't been able to do the past two weeks finish out a game.

NOTES:

MENDENHALLS HOUSE - Last week he was in the doghouse, this week it was his house. Not only did the second year back rush for a career high 165 yards, he provided the spark with his two touchdowns. Although Parker said he should be back next week, considering he has a turf toe injury, missed much of camp with other injuries and is in the last year of his contract should Mendenhall keep improving, more than likely Fast Willie has seem his last days in the black and gold.

DOUG LEGURSKY AS A BLOCKING FULLBACK - That's right the 6-1, 315 pound tackle lined up as the blocking fullback on Mendenhalls first ever touchdown. He reported as a eligible receiver and then lined up in the backfield.

BRUCE ARIANS - He takes a lot of flak as the Steelers offensive coordinator, some deserving. Against the Chargers, his playbook was old school. A mix of run, pass and some gadgetry. It's amazing though how utilizing a fullback in the mix of things can really help build momentum.

HINES WARD - Ward is Mr. Clutch, Mr. Reliable. Against the Chargers he made some spectacular catches and had 113 yards on eight catches. It was his 22nd career 100 yard game. He had no touchdowns, but now has a catch in 166 consecutive games.

RUNNING THE CLOCK - How do you beat an opponent? Keep the ball out of their hands for starters. On the night the Steelers held the ball 20 minutes longer than the Bolts. Even more impressive was the way they did it. Their first three scoring drives went 79 yards, 75 yards and 79 yards respectively. Then to open the second half they went 81 yards, and the finals two scoring drives? 70 yards and 51 yards. (How to beat an opponent? RUN THE BALL, CONTROL the CLOCK!. So nice to see real Steeler football again. Enough with pass first crap. - mesa)

DUMB QUESTION - Sometimes you have to wonder about all the boneheaded questions various reporters ask. Roethlisberger was on the receiving end of one following the Chargers game. Instead of talking about the win, some scribe decided to tell Big Ben that the vendors were worried about sales because of the losses. First a history lesson. Heinz Field is sold out every game. Three Rivers was sold out every game. The vendors don't worry. Roethlisberger just said, "Sorry." and laughed.

MR PRIME TIME - The Steelers are 11-1 in prime-time games during Mike Tomlin’s three years as coach including 2-0 this year.


QUOTES

BEN ROETHLISBERGER - "The one thing I'm most proud of is we finished, It all started up front. It was a good one for all of us fans and us. I'm proud we answered the bell when we had to. We knew we had it in us, for some reason we weren't making the plays when we had to but we did that tonight."

JAMES FARRIOR - "We weren't satisfied the way we played the end of the game. We thought we had it in control, but they got a couple of quick scored. But we are happy we got the win. It feels great to win a game. We talked all week about finishing games and we finished this one.

JEFF REED - "I always tell everyone if I was to teach kids I'd tell them 80 percent is mental, and its tough, especially after Chicago. The whole week I thought about it, and I shouldn't. But once I got to practice on Thursday it was over. Yeah I look back at those misses and want it back, but you can't and have to look forward and this was a very important game."

CASEY HAMPTON - "It;s always good to win the game, but we are far away from where we want to be. We are just not getting it done on defense. You always say you don't mind winning ugly, but this is uncharacteristic of us. We have to do what we have to do, We can't point any fingers, we just have to go watch films and see."

RYAN CLARK - "We have a very good team, I feel we can beat anybody on any given day, but we've shown we can let any team back in the game also."

ANECDOTE

CASINO MIKE - What was he thinking? Earlier in the week Tomlin talked about how he liked the New England offensive scheme and wanted to do something similar. He took one from the Bill Belichick playbook in the second quarter with his team leading. On a 4th-and-inches from the Steelers' 30, leading instead of punting the ball. He gambled and Roethlisberger came through with flying colors gaining three yards. Was it a momentum builder or a sign of things to come.

DAVE CASPER RULE ENFORCED - It's rare you see this one called, but it is a rule. With two minutes left until half and the Steelers driving, Roehtlisberger found tight end Heath Miller for 14 yards. He fumbled the ball and it was recovered at the San Diego two yard line by Carey Davis. Davis picked the ball up and ran it into the endzone and erupted into a quick emotional celebration. By rule though, you can't score off a fumble in the final two minutes of the half or game and the ball was put back to the point of recovery. It didn't matter as a play later Mendenhall took the ball in for his second score of the night.

HometownGal
10-05-2009, 09:45 PM
CASEY HAMPTON - "It;s always good to win the game, but we are far away from where we want to be. We are just not getting it done on defense. You always say you don't mind winning ugly, but this is uncharacteristic of us. We have to do what we have to do, We can't point any fingers, we just have to go watch films and see."


Can't say I disagree with the Big Snack. Our D is having problems finishing it off in the 4Q contrary to what Potsie stated.

Preacher
10-05-2009, 10:21 PM
(How to beat an opponent? RUN THE BALL, CONTROL the CLOCK!. So nice to see real Steeler football again. Enough with pass first crap. - mesa)

I don't know Mesa...

35 passes, 36 runs doesn't seem like old time Steeler football.

11 passes, 8 runs first quarter.
13 passes 8 runs second quarter
7 pass 4 runs third quarter
9 passes 12 runs fourth quarter
(passes don't match the stats category because this includes sacks, and pass plays that became short Ben runs, etc.).

That means we lined up to pass 40 times and run 36 times... that is slightly pass first/balanced offense.

KeiselPower99
10-05-2009, 10:23 PM
Personally I dont care how its done as long as we get the W.

Edman
10-06-2009, 12:29 AM
The Defense is getting things done just fine for Three Quarters.

It's the Fourth Quarter that's a problem. I don't know if it's a passive scheme, or Having no Troy, but squandering leads is a problem.

How about doing something obvious. How about instead of playing passive 10 yard cushions off the recievers, you stay aggressive.

pepsyman1
10-06-2009, 12:39 AM
The Defense is getting things done just fine for Three Quarters.

It's the Fourth Quarter that's a problem. I don't know if it's a passive scheme, or Having no Troy, but squandering leads is a problem.

How about doing something obvious. How about instead of playing passive 10 yard cushions off the recievers, you stay aggressive.

I agree with you 100% Edman...I say just keep after them. Don't give them the opportunity to build any momentum or have any semblance of hope. Squash 'em!

mesaSteeler
10-06-2009, 12:52 AM
I don't know Mesa...

35 passes, 36 runs doesn't seem like old time Steeler football.

11 passes, 8 runs first quarter.
13 passes 8 runs second quarter
7 pass 4 runs third quarter
9 passes 12 runs fourth quarter
(passes don't match the stats category because this includes sacks, and pass plays that became short Ben runs, etc.).

That means we lined up to pass 40 times and run 36 times... that is slightly pass first/balanced offense.

Running the ball with power and authority.
Long sustained clock controlling drives.
Punching the ball in from short yardage.
Dominating the line of scrimmage.

That's Steeler football that I remember and that we saw last night. It's not the Steeler football that we have seen lately with this pass first, pass often, five wide crap. I don't care if we passed slightly more than we ran. We use the run to set up the pass not the other way around and we used a fullback. That's Steeler football.