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Old 09-26-2005, 08:03 AM   #7
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Default Re: OL had a rough day

Apart from the last quarter both O-Lines took a bit of a hammering - the aggresive blitzing of the Steelers had Brady on his ass more than once in the first half.

The main differences as I see them are -

1. Steelers got beaten on time of possesion - combine an aggressive D with a D that has spent almost 60% of the time on the field and you have problems regarding D stamina.

2. In game adjustments - The Pats look there for the taking with two rookies on the left side of the O-Line when Matt Light went off injured - but the Pats worked some new protection schemes, including some 3-TE sets to give Brady time to throw.

3. Playcalling - Cowher ,in some respects, is just as bad as Mike Martz for making stubborn playcalls - Martz is determined to win through the air come what may - even if his team has a HOF running back and is dominating.
Cowher on the other hand is determined to grind out runs on 1st and 2nd down nearly EVERY series - sure this might be Steelers football - but in some games it is going to be losing football.
Pretty much everytime Ben went back to pass in the 2nd half it was a pass-only situation - its much easier to generate a pass-rush when there is no threat of the run.

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