Originally Posted by Gnutella
The more I think about it, I can't even blame Todd Haley for the play-calling down the stretch. He was damned if he did and damned if he didn't. The running game wasn't working because offensive linemen started dropping like flies, and the RBs proved incapable of carrying the load even when the offensive line was healthy. The passing game wasn't working because Roethlisberger was much more erratic after the injury to his throwing shoulder and adjacent rib. (Go figure.) In the end, he erred on the side of protecting the QB and chose to run the ball more.
I was thinking the same thing.
At the end of the season, in the Bengals game (I believe), the Steelers had a second & one and a third & one on back-to-back plays, in the red-zone. And, the Steelers passed twice... and afterwards, everyone was screaming that Haley not only should have run it twice, he should have run it on fourth down, as well.
BUT, if he had indeed run it (even once), people would have been screaming for BB to have passed it on those downs.
Damned if he did; damned if he didn't.