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Old 12-12-2012, 11:13 PM   #3
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Default Re: Pattern: Steelers lose after BB returns from an injury

Originally Posted by FanSince72 View Post
There are two reasons for this:
  1. They bring him back too fast
  2. They are not considering the team as a whole.

In the case of the former, they pay him ungodly sums of money to play this game and the Front Office isn't going to allow him to sit if he can do anything that even remotely resembles playing football. They're more interested in getting their "product" out on the field than in whether or not he's truly healthy enough to play.

In the case of the latter, they are not considering the fact that a certain chemistry was developing with Charlie and with Ben suddenly back, the team knows that the game will be different and that tends to mess up whatever was working.

In terms of the tactical aspect of playing Ben, what it did was take a bottom-feeder like San Diego with a QB who is the forgotten member of the "Class of '04" and instead of game-planning for Charlie, they instead saw it as open season on Ben. Their defense wanted to re-injure him and Rivers wanted to show him that he's just as good. Take that and mix it in with a rusty Ben who played very cautiously at first and was testing the waters in terms of just how ready he was to play and you get what we saw on Sunday.

I think Tomlin should have started Batch and let Ben sit one more week. If he HAD to play Ben, he should have let him go for a quarter or so and if he saw that he wasn't 100% (he wasn't) or if the team in general seemed lost (it did), then pull him and send Charlie out there.

I would have done that right after Ben 'Doinked' Miller in the head with that pass which ultimately ended up as a gimme TD for the bottom-feeders. How Tomlin could have seen that and thought that keeping Ben in the game is beyond me.

But then, after the San Fran debacle last year, nothing Tomlin does surprises me.
3. After time away from the game, BB simply has to work his way back into the fold.

In other words, maybe, no matter when he comes back, BB has to have a bad few series.

Regardless, those few bad series are now out of the way. He got those reps needed, to transform himself from the BB that we saw on Sunday (bad throws, a little timid) into the MVP candidate from earlier in the year (best 3rd down conversion percentage in the league).

Furthermore, think about it this way: keeping BB in at the end of that game (during garbage time) was just what BB needed (to get back into game form).
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