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Old 12-10-2007, 07:48 AM   #1
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Default Prisuta: Rematch Least of Steelers Concerns

Potential rematch the least of Steelers' concerns

By Mike Prisuta
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, December 10, 2007

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The second-worst part about Patriots 34, Steelers 13 is it could have been worse (Randy Moss dropped a touchdown pass and Stephen Gostkowski missed a 48-yard field goal).

The worst part, from the Steelers' perspective, is it's painfully obvious this morning that this is not 2005 and the Patriots are not the Colts.

The Steelers ventured into Indy in late November 2005 and were beaten, 26-7, but came away with a feeling they'd be able to handle Peyton Manning and the crowd noise and give a much better accounting of themselves should they be fortunate enough to play the Colts again.

The rest, particularly their 21-18 playoff triumph in Indianapolis in January 2006, is Super Bowl history. This time around it's the Patriots who are in the process of making history.

And after becoming a footnote to history by becoming the 13th consecutive victim on what appears to be a relentless march toward 16-0, the Steelers had much more to digest than what might happen if they get another chance at the Pats.

"That's a good, heartfelt story to go back to something that happened in the past that we pulled off, but in all honesty that doesn't mean anything to this team," Steelers guard Alan Faneca said. "We come back here, we still have to go out there and play football and try to win the game; it's not just a given."

It's anything but because the Patriots are not the Colts of 2005 and the Steelers are not the Steelers of 2005.

The Steelers could run the ball then.

They no longer can.

Not when it matters.

They put their fall from grace on the ground on film at the outset of the fourth quarter, when, trailing 31-13 but a mere 1 yard away from threatening to make a game of it again, the Steelers tried a pass and a gadget play to get the TD they desperately needed.

In their defense, they had intended to run it up the gut on third-and-goal from the New England 1-yard line, but the offense sensed a bunching Patriots defense was all over that and sight-adjusted to a fade to wide receiver Santonio Holmes.

Veteran safety Rodney Harrison was all over that, as well, which left the Steelers confronting fourth-and-goal from the 1.

They came up with an empty-backfield set and opted for a sweep to motioning wide receiver Hines Ward.

Tackle Willie Colon got blown up.

Ward got blown up.

And the Steelers' reputation as a team to be feared on the ground was likewise blasted into oblivion.

Forget Willie Parker's standing among his fellow rushers or the Steelers' ranking in rushing offense.

Those statistics mean nothing after such a development.

The Steelers don't have a back or a play they can count on when they have to have a yard at crunch time.

A touchdown there would have only delayed the inevitable, but at least the Steelers could have emerged feeling a little bit better about themselves and their game.

Instead, they exited having exposed a problem that must be solved before they can begin to think seriously about winning a playoff game, let alone writing a different script in a New England rematch.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/trib.../s_542020.html
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Old 12-10-2007, 08:44 AM   #2
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you are insane....u dont need a good running game in the playoffs, you need the THREAT of a good running game..
if u remember, the steelers jumped out to a 14 point start because ben stood back there and threw on the colts defense expecting the run..
Once the Steelers tried running the ball to eat the clock, the offense went no where, they only scored 7 points the rest of the game.
Let's face it, the Steelers running game is not even close to what it was in the late 90's. Not only that, the offensive line is getting old, and we may be looking at a rebuilding year shortly
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Old 12-10-2007, 08:57 AM   #3
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I couldn't disagree more with Prisuta. Sorry. Reality check needed.
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:12 AM   #4
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We certainly need a better passing game. Bens 19/32 for 187 is no great accomplishment. Ward lead the team with 5 catches for a big 39 yards. Your not going to win too many games with those numbers, no matter who you play! This is especially true of NE. I think we all knew( many posted) we needed to score 27.
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I couldn't disagree more with Prisuta. Sorry. Reality check needed.
That was a reality check. At least to everyone who can take off the blinders for 5 minutes.
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That was a reality check. At least to everyone who can take off the blinders for 5 minutes.
Are you going to continue to take shots at every post I make?

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Are you going to continue to take shots at every post I make?

Are you going to keep making excuses for the pathetic performance you saw yesterday? If your answer is yes then so is mine.
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Are you going to keep making excuses for the pathetic performance you saw yesterday? If your answer is yes then so is mine.
I have an opinion, you have yours. If you want to call it an excuse, that's also your opinion.

As far as this drama is concerned, you can do what you want. I'm done. Mods will handle this as they see fit.
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Are you going to keep making excuses for the pathetic performance you saw yesterday? If your answer is yes then so is mine.
No - he is doing what most of us are doing after a loss - stating his opinion and moving on.
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Default Re: Prisuta: Rematch Least of Steelers Concerns

Children come on now...Similar to what I posted already in another thread.

1. Take away the blown coverage play that went deep to Moss. (Take away 7 points)
2. Take away the lucky throwback play that Moss fumbled that could have easily went for six back our way. (Take away another 7)
3. Take away the muffed punt play that bounced behind our players leg that NE luckliy recovered. (Minus 7 more that drive)

Tie game with easily a shot at least 3 more our way. The Cheatriots aren't all that. Both our starting safeties were out of the game. All they proved is that they could beat up on an depleted secondary on their home field with a few lucky plays. Troy makes all the calls back there for the secondary and I am damn sure those plays don't happen if he is on that field. I can't wait to see if we get another shot at these fools.
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