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Old 10-27-2007, 08:10 AM   #1
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Default Arians Throws Ben Under The Bus

Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said he called more running plays in the first half in Denver, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had to audible pass plays because the Broncos were overloading their defensive front to stop the run. Arians said some of the audibles called by Roethlisberger -- quick lateral throws to the wide receiver -- are actually like running plays.

"To me, the flanker screen is a run, that's a long handoff," Arians said.

The Steelers' play-calling has come into question because they attempted 24 pass plays and ran just 12 times in the first half against the NFL's worst rush defense (187 yards per game). The Steelers lost 31-28.


http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07300/829053-66.stm

I thought all week the party line was that Arians called the plays he did because that was what was available? Certainly have not heard this explanation from Tomlin or Ben.

So did Ben audible that first drive down the field to start the game? For some reason IMO if that was the case Ben would have shared that information Now Ben can learn what it is like to have someone dump play calling issues on him.

Even if true, Arians coming out with this information after his play calling has been criticized for the past 5 days looks like blame shifting (even though he also tells us a flanker screen should be counted as a running play anyhow) - not what i expect from a coach.
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Old 10-27-2007, 08:34 AM   #2
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Default Re: Arians Throws Ben Under The Bus

I'll take the one game blunder from whoever is responsible without being too upset but if the trend continues, someone really has to step up and answer the questions as to why our offense isn't performing.

The bungals may have an awful defense but they've been known to put up lots of points on offense. It is definitely a game that our defense has to make a statement from the first snap to the last whistle!!!

And Ben needs to remind Carson who is the SB winning QB, not a mvp of a meaningless game.
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Old 10-27-2007, 08:39 AM   #3
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I'll take the one game blunder from whoever is responsible without being too upset but if the trend continues, someone really has to step up and answer the questions as to why our offense isn't performing.
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The offense performed in the second half (3 TDs on 3 possessions) and 28 points should be enough to win.

IMO it was the first half play selection mix that Tomlin criticized to NBC at halftime (I guess Tomlin does not regard a flanker screen as a running play) and about which questions have been asked this week.
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The offense performed in the second half (3 TDs on 3 possessions) and 28 points should be enough to win.

IMO it was the first half play selection mix that Tomlin criticized to NBC at halftime (I guess Tomlin does not regard a flanker screen as a running play) and about which questions have been asked this week.
Yeah, I know they performed in the second half but to your point, they didn't play for 60 minutes and that, as a fan, is what I'm used to seeing from my beloved Steelers.

Still, if the offense, and the defense for that matter, doesn't continue to perform at the high level that we're use to seeing, then someone should definitely be held accountable - and as much as I'd like to say it's the coaches, IMHO the players need to be quesitoned and give answers.
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offense did fine. rough first half but turned it around nicely. its our defense that hopefully we can look back at and say they had a brain fart.
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The offense or the offensive play calling did not cost us the game. The offense put up 28 points. The defense cost us that game.
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Default Re: Arians Throws Ben Under The Bus

The infamous Steeler defense had better report for duty tomorrow! Carson Palmer needs to be shut down......he simply cannot be allowed to have a good day.

And if anybody can get into his head, it should be some big guys dressed in black and gold.

And the offense has had a week to get their heards out of their arses......................wake up boys!! Give Ben alittle help.
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Default Re: Arians Throws Ben Under The Bus

Offense not performing?

This has been the most dynamic, most balanced Offense the Steelers have had in years. They put up 28 on the Donkeys. 21 in the second half. 28 points should be enough for anyone.

You may say the O performed for 30 minutes, but the D did not play at all. Don't forget, the Broncos scored on their opening drive. And when they needed a stop, they couldn't get one. Say what you want about the O, but unlike the D, they got their crap together and got the Steelers back in it. The D and Coach Dad get the blame. They effed up big time on national TV. If they have even the remote sense of accountability and pride, they make Crybaby Carson pay tomorrow.
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The offense did enought to win. This one was on the D.
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Default Re: Arians Throws Ben Under The Bus

I did not interpret his comments as throwing Ben under the bus. Coach Arians did not criticize the audibles. I believe he was simply reporting "the news" as Coach Tomlin likes to say.

Bottom line in the NFL, it's all about results. If your team goes against conventional wisdom and is not successful, the second guessers will be out in droves. All Pittsburgh can do now is keep chopping wood and prepare for Cincinnati.
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