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mesaSteeler
11-23-2009, 04:59 AM
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Post-Kansas City thoughts

How in the world do you lose a game in which you roll up more than 500 yards of offense?

Yeah, I know, three turnovers and a special teams touchdown.

But, seriously, that was pretty pathetic to lose to Kansas City's popgun offense.

Put it this way, Lance Long had a big catch against the Steelers in the fourth quarter, picking up 30 yards down the middle of the field on third down from the 10.

Lance Long for cripes sakes. Dude with a name like that should be making porn, not catching 30-yard passes.

As things stand, the Steelers would be the No. 2 wildcard in the AFC playoffs. But I'm seeing nothing from this team that would suggest it could make it through a playoff run as a wildcard as the 2005 team did.

Then again, a healthy Troy Polamalu would help.

A number of national reporters have said Polamalu will miss a month.

Don't believe it. Polamalu is closer than that and could play this week against Baltimore.

I would expect to see Ben Roethlisberger as well.

He seemed pretty lucid in the locker room after the game.

Four kickoff returns in the past five games has left this team shellshocked. That's also eight consecutive games with a return of some type against this team, an NFL record.

It's stat akin to the 'fat, dumb and stupid is no way to go through life' line from Animal House.

Rashard Mendenhall ran hard Sunday and blocked well in blitz pickup.

Willie Parker ran hard Sunday and even looked good catching a pass out of the backfield.

Yet it was Mewelde Moore, the slowest of the three, carrying the ball on a critical sweep on third-and-two in overtime.

Genius. I've defended Bruce Arians quite a bit this season, but I can't defend that.

Moore also blew a couple of blitz pickups late in the game.

I'm sorry, but Mendenhall should be on the field full-time from here on out. If he needs a breather, Parker has shown he's healthy enough to effectively spell him.

Moore would be my last resort at this point.

Ike Taylor, you've got to come up with that interception if you want to make the Pro Bowl.

Taylor had an interception on the play before Matt Cassel threw a six-yard pass to Chris Chambers that turned into a 61-yard catch-and-run to set up Ryan Succop's game-winning field goal.

But Taylor lost control of the ball as he rolled over.

It would have been a nice interception. Instead, it's a footnote to a sorry day.

Taylor was also one of the guys who missed Jamal Charles on the opening kickoff.

Nobody will be blaming Jeff Reed for missing any tackles this week.
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Rick5895
11-23-2009, 06:28 AM
Here are my thoughts;
Too many long plays against the D, I know Polamalu wasn't there, but the DB's seem to play too tight without him. This is the NFL, there is absolutley no excuse for this kind of poor coverage, especially late in games.

Mendenhall has proven to have reliable hands , and he is a relialbe blocker. This , as much as I love Moore, makes him expendable at seasons end (if we can resign FWP) Mendy needs to be in there in the critical 3rd down situations, he is a better runner and on 3rd and short with him in there if the Steelers feel the need to throw he would keep the D more honest.

Red zone pics and turnovers, coupled with penalties are hurting this team too much, they are drive killers.

As much as we don't want to see some of our starting LB's on kick coverage, we need to make a change, Poor ST's will kill us more than the D shortcomings late in games. We simply can not spot any one (even the Chiefs) 7 points because we can't cover kicks.

This is a talented team that should be 9-1 or 10-0 at this point, we are not because of a lack of focus and not being prepared, both mentally and fundamentally. That is the responsability of the coaching staff, they are not getting it done either.

A footnote. B.A. is a good OC but he falls short when this team gets in the red zone, he relies too much on the pass and doesn't make enough use of the good backs we have. Emptying the backfield at any time other than 3rd and long is a costly mistake, and happens too much. Much of our redzone woes lately can be chalked up to the lack of rushing attempts.

Putting up over 500 yards of O should result in 40 plus points and result in wins, even if the D struggles. When bad teams are allowed to hang around (that IMO is a result of not scoring enough points when we have the opportunity) always results in bad things.

Steelers>NFL
11-23-2009, 07:28 AM
Here are my thoughts;
Too many long plays against the D, I know Polamalu wasn't there, but the DB's seem to play too tight without him. This is the NFL, there is absolutley no excuse for this kind of poor coverage, especially late in games.

Mendenhall has proven to have reliable hands , and he is a relialbe blocker. This , as much as I love Moore, makes him expendable at seasons end (if we can resign FWP) Mendy needs to be in there in the critical 3rd down situations, he is a better runner and on 3rd and short with him in there if the Steelers feel the need to throw he would keep the D more honest.

Red zone pics and turnovers, coupled with penalties are hurting this team too much, they are drive killers.

As much as we don't want to see some of our starting LB's on kick coverage, we need to make a change, Poor ST's will kill us more than the D shortcomings late in games. We simply can not spot any one (even the Chiefs) 7 points because we can't cover kicks.

This is a talented team that should be 9-1 or 10-0 at this point, we are not because of a lack of focus and not being prepared, both mentally and fundamentally. That is the responsability of the coaching staff, they are not getting it done either.

A footnote. B.A. is a good OC but he falls short when this team gets in the red zone, he relies too much on the pass and doesn't make enough use of the good backs we have. Emptying the backfield at any time other than 3rd and long is a costly mistake, and happens too much. Much of our redzone woes lately can be chalked up to the lack of rushing attempts.

Putting up over 500 yards of O should result in 40 plus points and result in wins, even if the D struggles. When bad teams are allowed to hang around (that IMO is a result of not scoring enough points when we have the opportunity) always results in bad things.
GP Rick5895.
My only thought is that the Steelers should not have lost this game. Period.
I usally get upset when the Steelers lose. And I have been ok with the previous 3 losses. But yesterday, I was so freaking pissed, I could not think straight.
So frustating. I tell my wife, win or loss, it is always close. Never blow anybody out.
When lose, alway close. Not good for the heart and stress. JC!!!