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ricardisimo
09-12-2011, 04:05 AM
Steelers Report Card: Game 1 vs. Ravens
Monday, September 12, 2011
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
QUARTERBACKS F
You might have to go back to the Oakland game in 2006 to find a worse performance by Ben Roethlisberger, who threw three interceptions, fumbled twice and was sacked four times Sunday. He did a nice job to keep the play alive on an 11-yard TD to Emmanuel Sanders, but that was about it. In the past three games, counting the postseason, Roethlisberger has thrown seven interceptions.
RUNNING BACKS D
It looked as though it might be a big day for Rashard Mendenhall when he had 48 yards on his first six carries, including a 23-yard run on the only scoring drive. But he had minus-3 yards on his next six carries, one of which was a costly fumble on the first play of the second half. That was one of two fumbles by a running back, the other coming after Mewelde Moore went 22 yards with a swing pass.
WIDE RECEIVERS C
Lots of catches, no big plays. Mike Wallace had his fourth consecutive 100-yard receiving game and eighth in his career, but he could never get behind the defense for a big strike. The longest pass play was a 31-yard catch-and-run by Hines Ward when matched in single coverage against MLB Ray Lewis. Emmanuel Sanders had only two catches, both on the same drive, but one was an 11-yard TD.
OFFENSIVE LINE F
The Steelers' inability to handle DE Terrell Suggs and DT Haloti Ngata continues to be a big problem. Suggs lined all over the field and had three sacks on Roethlisberger. What's more, he also forced two fumbles. The Steelers tried to double-team Ngata, but it just doesn't work. He tipped a Roethlisberger pass that was intercepted by Ray Lewis, forced a fumble and recovered two others.
DEFENSIVE LINE F
It was a disappointing performance for the NFL's best rush defense in 2010, especially against an offensive line that had never played together. The Ravens ran for 170 yards, the most by an opponent since the Ravens had 175 in Week 15 of the 2009 season. The tone was set on the first play when Ray Rice ran 36 yards to set up the first touchdown. Rice finished with 107 yards on 19 carries.
LINEBACKERS F
The strength of the defense looked tired, slow and out of position. Someone in the middle got fooled on TE Dennis Pitta's 29-yard catch-and-run to set up the second TD, and Lawrence Timmons failed to stay with Rice on his 6-yard TD catch. QB Joe Flacco was sacked only once and was under very little pressure. And James Harrison isn't sand-bagging, folks; he was fatigued and sucking wind.
DEFENSIVE BACKS F
The Steelers had no answer for Flacco, who completed his first six passes and passed for 162 yards and two TDs in the first half alone. He finished with 224 yards, 3 TDs and a 117.6 passer rating. On the first pass he faced in 2011, CB Bryant McFadden gave up a 27-yard TD to Anquan Boldin. S Troy Polamalu got beat on another. Props to CB Ike Taylor, who held WR Lee Evans without a catch.
SPECIAL TEAMS C-
It's probably the only unit on the team where it's difficult to assign blame, though even special teams were not without fault. Lardarius Webb did have a 37-yard return on the opening kickoff. And the Ravens completely surprised the Steelers with a fake extra-point after their fourth TD. But Daniel Sepulveda averaged 52.8 yards on four punts and Antonio Brown averaged 34.3 yards on three kick returns.
COACHING F
The first mistake was winning the coin toss and deferring, and it just went downhill from there. The defense had no clue in the first half, failing to stop Rice and losing receivers in coverage. The offense committed six of their seven turnovers in the second half, including the first three possessions. "They obviously had a better game plan than we had," said NT Casey Hampton. Indeed.


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Wallace108
09-12-2011, 04:11 AM
I can't find a single thing I disagree with there. Pretty much spot on.

ricardisimo
09-12-2011, 04:12 AM
Yup. At least we kept the right punter. Let's find solace where we can.

Wallace108
09-12-2011, 04:18 AM
Yup. At least we kept the right punter. Let's find solace where we can.

And Suisham didn't miss any field goals. :noidea:

solardave
09-12-2011, 04:30 AM
Yep it pretty much sums it up. Now on to summer school.

steeltheone
09-12-2011, 07:42 AM
Way to go Ike...You deserve every penny you got!

ebsteelers
09-12-2011, 08:50 AM
im sorry but all the guys who got contract looked lousy...

troy, timmons, woodley, ike

Fire Haley
09-12-2011, 09:08 AM
yep - Spot on - the whole team looked slow, fat, lazy and totally unprepared to play.


On offense - Swollen heads. Believed all the press clippings on how great they were. Call Flo, too bad we cut Hills. Somebody better lose their starting job over this.

On defense - All those fat wallets on defense added 10 lbs of lead to their asses, is what it looked like. An arrogant team that thought they could just show up and win.

Or maybe they all DID age 10 years overnight.

Steelers17
09-12-2011, 11:15 AM
im sorry but all the guys who got contract looked lousy...

troy, timmons, woodley, ike

Actually in lieu of "looking lousy," they looked invisible except for perhaps Ike. Additionally, did Gerry's QB ranking of "F" indicate .... Franchise?

:tt03:

LVSteelersfan
09-12-2011, 11:28 AM
im sorry but all the guys who got contract looked lousy...

troy, timmons, woodley, ike

You obviously did not watch Ike absolutely blanket Lee Evans. He got ZERO catches. He is a playmaker and Ike shut him down. Timmons had some good plays here and there. Troy and Woodley not so much.

ebsteelers
09-12-2011, 12:35 PM
You obviously did not watch Ike absolutely blanket Lee Evans. He got ZERO catches. He is a playmaker and Ike shut him down. Timmons had some good plays here and there. Troy and Woodley not so much.

lee evans playmaker?

yeah i saw ike head butt a guy and give them a free 15 on 3rd down.
holding someone to 0 catches is impressive, when your not getting blasted already

and besides him


timmons? looked unathletic, and couldnt keep up with rice. rice owned him all game..

maybe they thought the season starts next week?

like i said on to next weeek

DoctorCAD
09-12-2011, 12:38 PM
I thought Harrison was the only one that played decent yesterday. Even at 80%, he was better than ANYONE else on the team, offense or defense.

Fire Arians
09-12-2011, 12:42 PM
I'd give DB's a D-, just because Ike had a good game. of course that's still a failing grade but it counts for something

the fumble can't be blamed on mendenhall, he didnt even have time to get the handoff before getting steamrolled by ngata. blame that on legursky who let him in untouched

ebsteelers
09-12-2011, 12:44 PM
i was surprised that fumble went on mendy and not ben's stats

austinfrench76
09-12-2011, 12:49 PM
Ike actually looked really good AND focused! Too bad no one else did.

effyou515
09-12-2011, 12:59 PM
Polamalu look slow because he can't cover for both McFadden and Gay on every pass play and its hard to help stop the run when the d-line is getting blown off the line.

Fire Arians
09-12-2011, 01:19 PM
Polamalu look slow because he can't cover for both McFadden and Gay on every pass play and its hard to help stop the run when the d-line is getting blown off the line.

tomlin will have to realize sooner or later that making aaron smith the starter was a mistake, and if aaron wasn't willing to play backup to ziggy hood, he should have been cut. 6 million is an awful lot to pay someone who should be sitting on the bench in favor of a better player

ricardisimo
09-12-2011, 07:55 PM
My recollection was that Ziggy wasn't exactly lights-out either.

tanda10506
09-12-2011, 08:01 PM
My recollection was that Ziggy wasn't exactly lights-out either.

He was pretty good, not excellent, but better then Smith.

Kanata-Steeler
09-12-2011, 09:51 PM
COACHING: F
"...The offense committed six of their seven turnovers in the second half, including the first three possessions. "They obviously had a better game plan than we had," said NT Casey Hampton. Indeed."

"F" is too good, Ariens, and ultimately Tomlin, both deserve a "-Z"

ricardisimo
09-13-2011, 12:11 AM
COACHING: F
"...The offense committed six of their seven turnovers in the second half, including the first three possessions. "They obviously had a better game plan than we had," said NT Casey Hampton. Indeed."

"F" is too good, Ariens, and ultimately Tomlin, both deserve a "-Z"
I'd have to agree. Fortunately Tomlin has vowed to unleash hell in September.

JustinM
09-13-2011, 12:47 AM
...

The first mistake was winning the coin toss and deferring, and it just went downhill from there.

...

I agree with everything but this.
With our supposedly badass defense, it makes sense to put them on the field first to give us some momentum. The face that our D did not show up as planned is irrelevant here.

Moose
09-13-2011, 08:31 PM
To me this will be a no brainer......" F " on any spot that needs a grade. I can't see one area where there was any effort put forth. Oh, I might take that back....the 'water boy/girl' was there when someone may have needed a drink....for what reason I don't know, no one was working up a sweat.

Steeldude
09-13-2011, 08:50 PM
im sorry but all the guys who got contract looked lousy...

troy, timmons, woodley, ike

taylor looked lousy? :doh:

davidtrout
09-13-2011, 09:09 PM
Ike was the only bright spot, unless you count Sepulveda, but he always looks great until he gets hurt. Evans had zero catches, which is typical for Ike. Personally, I don't care if he ever gets an interception, there are less than five CBs in the league that take away a WR as well as Taylor.

Fire Arians
09-13-2011, 10:02 PM
Ike was the only bright spot, unless you count Sepulveda, but he always looks great until he gets hurt. Evans had zero catches, which is typical for Ike. Personally, I don't care if he ever gets an interception, there are less than five CBs in the league that take away a WR as well as Taylor.

I think defensively we needed a better game plan. lebeau should have put ike on boldin because i think evans is way overrated. he hasn't had more than 4 td's in a season, yeah if he's fast, if he can't catch / is a bad route runner he's just another nate washington who is hit or miss. boldin is money every time and if you put your worst cover man on him (mcfadden), that's just asking to get torched.

with that said ike was lights out. I wish he would have been guarding boldin instead, he's the ravens best WR imo.

davidtrout
09-13-2011, 10:13 PM
I think defensively we needed a better game plan. lebeau should have put ike on boldin because i think evans is way overrated. he hasn't had more than 4 td's in a season, yeah if he's fast, if he can't catch / is a bad route runner he's just another nate washington who is hit or miss. boldin is money every time and if you put your worst cover man on him (mcfadden), that's just asking to get torched.

with that said ike was lights out. I wish he would have been guarding boldin instead, he's the ravens best WR imo.

You might be on to something there. Although, the thing with Boldin is, he's a lot like Hines in the sense that he has no natural position. He's liable to line up just about anywhere and run just about any route. It makes it difficult to assign one guy to him and if they did, it might end up wasting Ike's skills on too many plays (i.e. You don't need Ike on the guy running a 5yd in route).

ggoldman
09-13-2011, 11:06 PM
If Mcfadden was on Lee Evans, then we would've given up more TD's. Ike was the only one who could run stride for stride with Evans, and it was a good plan. There were just too many busted coverages by the LB's that resulted in multiple 20 yard gains by the Raven's TE's

ebsteelers
09-14-2011, 09:32 AM
the whole defense looked lousy ... period end of discussion ... move on to seattle