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mesaSteeler
12-09-2009, 09:10 PM
Roethlisberger: "We're not getting lucky breaks, but good things can still come."
December 8, 10:50 PMPittsburgh Sports ExaminerMatt Pawlikowski
http://www.examiner.com/x-2703-Pittsburgh-Sports-Examiner~y2009m12d8-Roethlisberger-Were-not-getting-lucky-breaks-but-good-things-can-still-come

The Holiday season in Pittsburgh usually means getting prepared for the second season of Steeler football.

Not this year. Instead the Steelers lose two games to teams that boast a 2-7 slate (Kansas City) and one with a 3-8 slate (Oakland) and suddenly questions abound.

Has age caught up with them, are they suffering the Super Bowl hangover, have they hung it in for the season?

Theres been some unusual things happen, last year the ball bounced our way and things happened good for us and we went on and won the Super Bowl," Ben Roethlisberger said. "This year the ball isn't bouncing our way, we're not getting those lucky breaks that sometimes are involved in a football game. But it doesn't mean good things can't come, we just have to fight through everything."

The more glaring picture in all this is what Farrior stressed. In both games the Steelers squandered fourth quarter leads, mainly because the defense was unable to come up big. Both games had potential game ending/.tying interceptions dropped.

"We have some things from a personality standpoint that are occurring continuously that are not acceptable, Steeler coach Mike Tomlin said. Were not making plays at the end of games, particularly defensively on the back end opportunities to close games out from an interception standpoint, allowing people to get big plays on us."

In the current four game losing streak, the longest for the Steelers since 2003, The Bengals had two late long drives to seal the victory. The Chiefs were able to drive 91 yards to force overtime and then Ike Taylor missed a potential game ending interception in OT. The Ravens got to overtime where they won on a field goal via a 10- play 84 yard drive with 1:51 left.

"We're not finishing," cornerback DeShea Townsend said. "We're not doing what it takes to make plays when its needed and when you don't execute our defense the way you are supposed to you find yourselves in losing situations. Were doing it good for about 45 minutes, but it seems when it is time for us to step up and finish games, were not doing it."

Last year the ability of the defense to do just that, along with the offense ability to rally the team back from deficit was a huge reason the Steelers won the Super Bowl. True they have lost two key starters in Troy Polamalu and Aaron Smith, but following the loss to Kansas City, it now seems to be a mental thing, which some players have admitted.

"You have to acknowledge the potential that this can be kind of a shaken group," Tomlin said. Weve swallowed a lot here of late. Were going to have to become one with ourselves, if you will; individually and collectively. Im going to be looking very closely at these men. Its going to provide quality information for me, in terms of who, legitimately, is mentally tough and who can stand the test of adversity."

Meaning a big shakeup could come in the near future.

"We're frustrated, the coaching staff is frustrated, the fans are frustrated," nose tackle Chris Hoke said. "We have to right this ship. We have four games left, and the thing that is crazy after the four game losing streak we still have a chance if we win these next four games, starting with Cleveland, we have a chance to be where we want to be at the end of the year."

markymarc
12-10-2009, 11:33 AM
Here's a thought.......stop talking about what's going wrong and make it happen on game day. Get over the mental thing and get back to winning :tt02: