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mesaSteeler
11-01-2010, 10:58 PM
View From The Press Box

Tomlin inconsistent in loss to Saints
November 1st, 2010
http://blog.triblive.com/view-from-the-press-box/2010/11/01/tomlin-inconsistent-in-loss-to-saints/

NEW ORLEANS –

Bold coaching move or an act of desperation?

You make the call on Mike Tomlin’s decision to go for it on fourth-and-4 from the Saints’ 40-yard line late in the third quarter Sunday night.

It looked like the latter after Emmanuel Sanders and Hines Ward ended up in the spot on the field -- the play typified the confusion that plagued the Steelers’ offense all game -- and Ben Roethlisberger’s pass fell incomplete.

“Thought it would be a shot in the arm for out group,” Tomlin said of going for it after the Steelers’ 20-10 loss. “I wanted those guys to know that we came down here to compete and win.”

If that is the case then why didn’t Tomlin go for it when the Steelers had a fourth down early in the second quarter and were less than a yard from the end zone?

Tomlin later said he did not consider going for the touchdown after the Steelers failed the gain a yard on three consecutive running plays.

That he wanted to put points on the scoreboard.

But as well as the Steelers’ defense was playing at the time the decision should have been to go for it with the thinking that if the Saints stopped them again, they could force a punt from deep in New Orleans’ end of the field.

Or the decision should have later been to punt the ball from the Saints’ 40, and try to pin them deep in their own territory. The Saints, after all, were only leading 6-3 at the time.

Such inconsistency during two critical sequences were head scratching. So, too, was the Steelers not running any time off the clock after Ike Taylor’s interception near the end of the first half.

It is nice to show confidence in your kicker but Jeff Reed is now 1 for 6 in field goal attempts of 40 yards or longer.

And after the Steelers took a shot into the end zone with a minute and a half left in the second quarter, they should have gone to work on the clock.

Instead, Roethlisberger threw three consecutive incompletions, allowing the Saints to save their final timeout. And New Orleans got the ball back at its own 41-yardline with 1:11 left in the half after Reed’s miss.

A drive that ended with a game-tying field goal by Garrett Hartley jump-started the Saints’ offense.

And by the end of the game, it was pretty clear that the Steelers had been outplayed, at least in the second half, and outcoached by the reigning Super Bowl champions.

OX1947
11-01-2010, 11:20 PM
There are always issues with things, but what it comes down to is if Heath Miller doesn't fumble, steelers are on the saints 35 yard line with 5 min left. With the momentum they had from the previous drive and that drive, they more then likely score a TD and win the game.

ZoneBlitzer
11-02-2010, 10:29 AM
There are always issues with things, but what it comes down to is if Heath Miller doesn't fumble, steelers are on the saints 35 yard line with 5 min left. With the momentum they had from the previous drive and that drive, they more then likely score a TD and win the game.

Let's say that Miller doesn't fumble and that they do go in and score a TD. Do you honestly believe that the defense would have stopped them from coming right back and scoring one of their own? With a completion percentage of 91 percent for the half, I think not. The Saints were moving the ball at will and they would have had no problem scoring a TD against a defense that is struggling right now in pass defense.

SteelCityMom
11-02-2010, 10:47 AM
Let's say that Miller doesn't fumble and that they do go in and score a TD. Do you honestly believe that the defense would have stopped them from coming right back and scoring one of their own? With a completion percentage of 91 percent for the half, I think not. The Saints were moving the ball at will and they would have had no problem scoring a TD against a defense that is struggling right now in pass defense.

You might be right. Depends on how deep the Steelers could pin them I suppose. There's alway a chance that they eventually force a 3 and out of get a game deciding TO.

We'll never know though.

steelcity1974
11-02-2010, 11:21 AM
Tomlin also had the world's worst challenge. The guy was clearly down by contact and the ball didn't come loose until it hit the ground. That was horrible.