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Old 11-12-2007, 03:56 PM   #1
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Default Some things about yesterday's game

Someone has got to take that Red Flag out of Tomlin's pocket. I love the guy in nearly every way as a coach, but he's more impulsive than a crazed fan with that thing. Maybe someone should make sure he understands he loses a timeout when he isn't right.

Is there any chance......any.....that something can be worked out with Faneca. I was listening to the ESPN 1250 post game show and Savran was saying that Faneca was the most vocal of anyone in the huddle with getting everyone focused on the task at hand. I have never liked Simmons and I wish we could have given that money to Alan. I know...to little too late...but we will have a pretty big hole to fill come FA and draft time. I'm beginning to wonder if Kemo is ever going to develop.

Is it just me or does Willie look a slower this season? I'm not used to seeing him get caught, but this season, he seems to be running a lot stiffer.

The Dump Truck really frustrates me. He doesn't move the pile at all. I wonder what Gary Russell could do.

Mahan's shotgun snaps are a problem...even though it hasn't cost us yet. We need some more oomph on that Sean.

How long this season are we going to have to play the you can have the ball at the 35 yard line because we are scared to kick to you game?
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Old 11-12-2007, 04:10 PM   #2
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Someone has got to take that Red Flag out of Tomlin's pocket. I love the guy in nearly every way as a coach, but he's more impulsive than a crazed fan with that thing. Maybe someone should make sure he understands he loses a timeout when he isn't right.
If you are referring to the Edwards TD, I would have thrown the flag too. I'm still not 100% sure that was a legit score.

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Is it just me or does Willie look a slower this season? I'm not used to seeing him get caught, but this season, he seems to be running a lot stiffer.
I don't think FWP is any slower - I believe that the holes are not opening fast enough for him to get a jump on 'em. Forgive me for sounding redundant, but when Kreider was in there, the holes opened up a lot quicker, imho.

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How long this season are we going to have to play the you can have the ball at the 35 yard line because we are scared to kick to you game?
After the first Cribbs' return TD, I questioned that myself, but after he burned us again, I understood the reasoning behind what they were trying to accomplish. I'd much rather have had the Browns at our 35 and have to go 65 yards down the field to score than what happened not once, but twice yesterday. Any day of the week and twice on Sundays.
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Is there any chance......any.....that something can be worked out with Faneca. I was listening to the ESPN 1250 post game show and Savran was saying that Faneca was the most vocal of anyone in the huddle with getting everyone focused on the task at hand. I have never liked Simmons and I wish we could have given that money to Alan. I know...to little too late...but we will have a pretty big hole to fill come FA and draft time. I'm beginning to wonder if Kemo is ever going to develop.

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He sure was, and when our D was out there for the last 2 series, they showed him encouraging the crowd.
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Old 11-12-2007, 04:28 PM   #4
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I really want to resign Faneca. He may not be captain, but he's still being a leader. If we resign him, I know he'd gladly take the captain role back.
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Default Re: Some things about yesterday's game

"Someone has got to take that Red Flag out of Tomlin's pocket."

Regarding the above quote, I have questioned some of his challenges myself. However I think that we benefited from the time out as our offense probably needed the extra time to recover in order to strike again. As well as some time to not let the emotional swing have a negative effect on the ensuing drive. Same thing with the other questionable challenge a couple weeks ago (can't remember the game) that gave our defense time to catch their breaths since the other team was driving on them. After the challenge, we stuffed 'em (really wish I could remember which game...). Just my .02.
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Old 11-12-2007, 04:50 PM   #6
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I really want to resign Faneca. He may not be captain, but he's still being a leader. If we resign him, I know he'd gladly take the captain role back.
Faneca is going to be enthusiastic during the games because he is a competitor and been hard wired to be enthusiastic since pee-wee ball. In addition, he may grudgingly admit Tomlin being selected over his buddy Grimm as HC was not a terrible decision.

But selecting Tomlin over Grimm also reinforces for Faneca it is a business - after the season is over Faneca will see what the market brings & take the highest bid.

The OL is a mess that the Steelers have allowed to build for several years, but as Ed.B. of the P-G noted in Sunday's P-G:

They probably will take another run at guard Alan Faneca after the season, although their chances of signing him appear to be slim. They gave it one last college try just before the season opened when Kevin Colbert, the director of football operations, met with Faneca one-on-one. It worked in 2005 when Dan Rooney met with Hines Ward, but not this time.


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I agree they wasted $$ on Simmons, but that was not out of Faneca's pocket - Faneca had told the Steelers to stuff it by the time Simmons was signed.
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I'm sorry, but Faneca looked old and slow yesterday, and against inferior competition. He was burnt several times. The whole oline looked bad against a really poor defensive line. Even Smith, whom I regard as having a really good season looked a little lost a couple times yesterday.
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i agree about the red flag. he has GOT to make sure his boys upstairs get a look at it first before he throws the flag if their is enough time. their seemed to be enough time to wait after that kickoff. after one replay you could tell he stayed in bounds.

the short kickoffs are a waste. we cant continue that. PLEASE just make the special teams coverage at least just decent.
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Default Re: Some things about yesterday's game

The Reed kicks straight up were the best thing we could have done. The alternative was to kick out of bounds and give the ball to the Browns at the 40, or, worse yet, risk letting our shitty ST try to catch him. Those sky kicks actually worked. Cribbs was pretty ineffective when the coverage was right on him. I think the Browns average starting position after ko's that were kicked straight up was around the 28. that's a lot better than the Steelers 3.
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Default Re: Some things about yesterday's game

The Cribbs 100 yard KO TD return was a result of missed tackles, not Cribbs' expertise. Someone (I think it was Rossum) had a clean shot at him and slipped. That tackle is made, The Browns are stuck at the 2 yard line facing a charged up Steelers Defense pumped full of momentum.
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