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Old 09-15-2008, 10:18 AM   #1
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Default The Playcalling

*Much complaining about nothing.*

This is one of the reasons why Pittsburgh posts ugly wins or loses on the road against bad teams. Play not to lose playcalling.

Does Tomlin and Arians have no confidence in this team? Or did the weather play a factor?
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:23 AM   #2
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Default Re: The Playcalling

The weather absolutely played a factor in the playcalling. There were 25-35 MPH sustained winds with higher gusts all night and occasional bursts of rain. Why in the world would you want the team taking chances in conditions like that, where field position means everything and turnovers could be killer? I have no problems with the conservative playcalling last night.
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:24 AM   #3
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Why do we need to throw bombs every play? The weather was bad, and it was effecting the WR's ability to catch the ball. We showed we could complete passes when needed, and the running game was effective. We were on the road in bad elements, so why get fancy?

It was classic Steeler football. Get up, protect the lead and eat clock by running the football and playing solid D.

By the way, this was the 2nd game in a row where we needed to run the ball and we did/could.
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:34 AM   #4
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I suppose it wasn't so bad. Like the topic said, much complaining about nothing. If the Steelers threw the ball all night then we'd get complaints that the Steelers abandoned the run.

The game was in the hands of the Defense, and they held their position.
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Default Re: The Playcalling

I did have the feeling (and the Browns fans will vehemently deny this, I'm sure) that, had we decided to open things up, and the WR's were able to hold onto the ball, we could have almost passed at will against the Browns.
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*Much complaining about nothing.*

This is one of the reasons why Pittsburgh posts ugly wins or loses on the road against bad teams. Play not to lose playcalling.

Does Tomlin and Arians have no confidence in this team? Or did the weather play a factor?
I thought the deep ball to Hines late in the game that was just out of reach of his fingers was a fantastic call and really showed guts to put the game away. Think it was a 2nd down call too. Great call. Hines catches that and its game set match.

There was a bubble screen call I hated, but other than that, I thought they did a good job in play calling.
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I did have the feeling (and the Browns fans will vehemently deny this, I'm sure) that, had we decided to open things up, and the WR's were able to hold onto the ball, we could have almost passed at will against the Browns.
I think the weather may have actually altered the original gameplan. That is, if you believe in scripted plays. Ben's first two quick passes usually set up a situation to go deep, after you suck the corners closer to the line of scrimmage, or at least to get your passing rhythm going. Also they showed a soft spot in the middle that we exploited a few times, but not to Miller as much as I had hoped.
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I think the weather was definately a factor. If a few plays connect, they are moving the chains and we are instead talking up another great performance.

1. Hines drops a 1st down catch in the 1st quarter off his fingertips(you could see the spiraling ball turn sideways in the wind.

2. Ben throws a low out to Nate that the wind takes down and inside. Another 3rd down conversion thwarted by the wind.

3. Ben throws bomb to Willie. (great O line protection BTW). Goes thru Willie's hands and later replay shows Santo was open for the first down underneath.

I think Arians called a good game, took their shots and persevered in bad weather.

Only thing I have issue with is late in games, trying to close it out and move the chains we dont have a decent lead blocker, but rather go 3TE. I would rather see McHugh line up as a FB and get a 4 yard run at lead blocking for Willie than on the line stringing out the line. But, that is what we do now.
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3. Ben throws bomb to Willie. (great O line protection BTW). Goes thru Willie's hands and later replay shows Santo was open for the first down underneath.
This played killed me. I saw it before he threw the ball, saw the double pump, and saw the safety moving over as soon as he released it. Having Holmes underneath with at least another 10 yards of running room would have been huge, especially considering the weather.

This, imho, is the one downfall of Ben's that he needs to work on. He's not Brett Favre and doesn't need to hit the big one every series. Hit the underneath man and let your WRs do their thing!!!
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By the way, this was the 2nd game in a row where we needed to run the ball and we did/could.

My only bitch, and it is a minor one, is that if Parker had stayed in bounds on the play right before the 2 minute mark, we could have run out the clock after the two minute warning. Hard to argue for him to take the hit instead of the yards, though.
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