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Old 01-05-2008, 11:00 PM   #11
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Default Re: "Playing not to lose"

After that 3 and 6 call, I couldn't get my head to stop shaking in amazement while continuously saying, WTF, no really, WTF?

I know it's easy to be a monday morning quarterback, but really.....WTF? That didn't even look like they cared to make the first down......................
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:01 PM   #12
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dumbest ****ing play call you will ever see.. ben is not fast enough to get a first down on 3rd and 6 by running... thats common sense. if you want to play conservative, then try a wr screen and see if we can get a block or two. plus ben could have easily fumbled there too. just stupid.
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:03 PM   #13
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Yep...Tomlin left it all on the field. Going for it on fourth down, going for two...he went down fighting.
how is flopping on 3rd and 6 leaving it all on the field? at least try to get a first down.

he was forced to go for it on 4th down. he had no choice. every coach in NFL history would have went for it on 4th. going for two was the result of math. again not a choice.

but how many settle for a flop play to punt the ball with a 1:40 or so left and a one point lead?
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:07 PM   #14
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In the football world, the circumstances can make a coach a genius or a goat. Suppose we do pass on 3rd and 6, and the pass is incomplete, or at worst, picked off. What do you say then?

You want to look at the possible success of the playcall, but you don't want to look at the possible failures. It wasn't the best playcall, but name any other options that are better.

It's frustrating to lose like this, and the season is over, but please use some logic.
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:08 PM   #15
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You people can point to that one play all you want, but the bottom line is - the Steelers again DID NOT play 60 minutes of football, especially the O. They woke up in the second half, made a very exciting game of it and almost pulled it out, but playoff teams cannot expect to win playing half of a game.
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:13 PM   #16
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You people can point to that one play all you want, but the bottom line is - the Steelers again DID NOT play 60 minutes of football, especially the O. They woke up in the second half, made a very exciting game of it and almost pulled it out, but playoff teams cannot expect to win playing half of a game.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the bottom line.

But nah, let's lay the blame squarely at the feet of Tomlin anyway. It's what Steelers fans do best.
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:13 PM   #17
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In the football world, the circumstances can make a coach a genius or a goat. Suppose we do pass on 3rd and 6, and the pass is incomplete, or at worst, picked off. What do you say then?

You want to look at the possible success of the playcall, but you don't want to look at the possible failures. It wasn't the best playcall, but name any other options that are better.

It's frustrating to lose like this, and the season is over, but please use some logic.
I'm going to bet that a lot of fans would much rather see an interception there than see us go three and out on really conservative plays that have no hope of gaining any yardage, and let them run out the clock and kick a game winner.

How many times has this happened to us over the years? At least 3-4 games a season we seem to lose on a last minute drive that only needs a FG to win. Granted some of those are OT losses, but that 3 and out series with 3 minutes left was just ridiculous. It's the playoffs. Win the game.

I have yet to see another AFC team play call like that. We seem to be the only ones.
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We started slow but in the end we left it all on the field we just didn't turn out with the win. I thought Tomlin did great the chips just didn't fall our way.
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If you go down swinging, the fans will be a lot more forgiving than if you lose playing it safe.
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The steelers playing 60 minutes is squarely on the head coach. This is what the HC's job is to motivate and get palyers to play for him. The only good news is that he will get better.
One little word . . . EXECUTION.
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