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Old 09-18-2006, 10:44 PM   #1
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Default Ben should not have started

IMO, he should not have. He was missing too many open recievers and just seemed to be sick in general. The outcome would have probably been the same if Batch started because of the Jacksonville D, but I think giving Ben a little more time to rest would have been better.
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Old 09-18-2006, 10:46 PM   #2
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Default Re: Ben should not have started

If there was a game to lose, it was this one. Its the second game of the year, on the road and against a non division opponent. Besides, Jags played D like animals for 60 min. Our defense played Super Bowl Caliber Defense as well. We'll back next week and beat Cincy, and we will be ok....
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Old 09-18-2006, 10:47 PM   #3
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Default Re: Ben should not have started

Truthfully, with as good as the Jags defense played, I really don't think CB would have fared any better.

IMO, Cowher sank this game for us. Too damn conservative. Cowher should take some notes from Del Rio tonight. They kept the heat on while we played the field-position game.
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Default Re: Ben should not have started

after halftime Batch should have gone in
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Old 09-18-2006, 10:49 PM   #5
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Default Re: Ben should not have started

Yeah, let's send Ben in against Cinci. Dude, he was healthy enough to play. You play him. Are you the team doctor? Are you the training staff? NO.

We played a good team. We played against a damn good run defense. Accept it. We lost a game. All is not lost.
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Default Re: Ben should not have started

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IMO, he should not have. He was missing too many open recievers and just seemed to be sick in general. The outcome would have probably been the same if Batch started because of the Jacksonville D, but I think giving Ben a little more time to rest would have been better.
I agree, but the gameplan did not help. We tried over and over again to run the ball on 1st and 2nd down, leaving Ben with 3rd and long. Cowher needs to understand that we are not a dominant run team any longer.
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Default Re: Ben should not have started

I agree with the guy that said Batch wouldn't have faired any better. We'll be fine.
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Old 09-18-2006, 10:52 PM   #8
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Default Re: Ben should not have started

Weird logic - surely its better to play Ben if you would have lost with Batch in anyway.

Somethings remain a constant - the Steelers need at least the threat of a run game to get the passing game going.

Ben was rusty and his WR corps is inexperienced.

Look on the bright side, that 60 mins will get Ben sharper and back closer to game fitness - if you are going to get shut out - its better it happens early in the season.

Alot of Steeler fans on here lose faith after a single loss.

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Default Re: Ben should not have started

If it's true he had a 104 fever then that's a STUPID call by the Steelers coaches.

Love hearing the fans in Jax ... let's see how loud they are in January.
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I'd rather have seen Ben play against Jax in his first game back and get playing time for Cinci rather than play his opener against Cinci.
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