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Old 11-23-2009, 07:32 PM   #1
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By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sp...-playoffs.html

Monday November 23, 2009 12:06 AM

KANSAS CITY — In the visitor’s locker room at Arrowhead Stadium, it looked like death warmed over.

In one corner, Santonio Holmes just plopped down in his stall, gazing gloomily into space.

A few feet away, there was Heath Miller, looking as dejected as he’s ever been since coming to the Steelers.

In the training room was Ben Roethlisberger, still glassy-eyed and shaking off a throbbing headache, the result of late-game concussion.

In another corner of the Steelers dressing quarters were the defensive backs who got scorched for a handful of late game-turning plays. One of them, free safety Ryan Clark, suggested that “(The media) will blame that on Troy, too.”

On one hand, Clark is right. Of the Steelers’ four losses this season — including a mind-boggling 27-24 overtime decision Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs — Polamalu didn’t play.

The all-star safety missed two three-point losses earlier in the year in Chicago and Cincinnati with a sprained knee ligament. He basically missed the last two losses, too. Last week, he was rendered inactive after suffering another knee sprain in the first quarter in a home loss to the Bengals. He wasn’t in uniform Sunday either.

Surely, Polamalu is missed but he can’t be blamed for this debacle in Arrowhead. The Steelers still had superior talent. They should have routed the Chiefs, who were only 2-7 and 10-point underdogs.

Instead, the Steelers self-destructed.

Last week against the Bengals, the Steelers were beaten by a better team.

This time, they beat themselves.

They were gashed by Jamaal Charles’ 97-yard touchdown return just seconds in.

Rookie wide receiver Mike Wallace lost a fumble after a 33-yard reception.
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Miller missed a catch-able pass that turned into a momentum-changing interception.

Roethlisberger threw a red-zone interception after marching the offense 64 yards to the Chiefs’ 10-yard line. That pick was returned 94 yards to set up a Kansas City TD.

In many ways, the loss in Kansas City was similar to the Steelers’ Sept. 27 loss in Cincinnati.

At halftime at Paul Brown Stadium, the Steelers led 13-3 and had a 258-91 edge in total yards.

At halftime Sunday at Arrowhead, the Steelers led 17-7 and had a 279-47 edge in total yards.

In both of those losses, the Steelers got the ball back on the second half kickoff, only to turn the ball over on Roethlisberger interceptions that weren’t his fault.

In Cincinnati, Holmes ran the wrong route to allow an accurately thrown pass to be returned for a TD.

In Kansas City, Miller’s miss turned the tide.

“When you let a team hang around like that, you give them a chance,” Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward said.

Against the Chiefs, the Steelers had a 515-282 advantage in total yards and a 44:07 to 22:25 edge in time of possession, and still lost.

In the gloomy Steelers locker room, Miller promised to keep the faith.

“We are a resilient team,” Miller said. “I know two losses in a row are never easy to swallow. But it’s not over.”

No, it’s not over in the slumping AFC North, but at this stage of the season, the Steelers don’t appear to have what it takes to make it back to the Super Bowl.

Unless they quit self-destructing, they will not make the playoffs.
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:58 PM   #2
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Default Re: Bires: no guarantee of playoffs

The "easiest " thing to change is what goes on in your mind... its doesn't cost you any money, it don't break a sweat to do it.... If "this" Steeler team could get an injection of "pit-bull" juice.... they have the talent to complement it to be "unstoppable"....
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Last week against the Bengals, the Steelers were beaten by a better team.
HORSESHIT! the steelers shoulda beaten the snot outta both teams equally.
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Old 11-24-2009, 07:03 AM   #4
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By: Mike Bires
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http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sp...-playoffs.html

Monday November 23, 2009 12:06 AM

KANSAS CITY — In the visitor’s locker room at Arrowhead Stadium, it looked like death warmed over.

In one corner, Santonio Holmes just plopped down in his stall, gazing gloomily into space.

A few feet away, there was Heath Miller, looking as dejected as he’s ever been since coming to the Steelers.

In the training room was Ben Roethlisberger, still glassy-eyed and shaking off a throbbing headache, the result of late-game concussion.

In another corner of the Steelers dressing quarters were the defensive backs who got scorched for a handful of late game-turning plays. One of them, free safety Ryan Clark, suggested that “(The media) will blame that on Troy, too.”

On one hand, Clark is right. Of the Steelers’ four losses this season — including a mind-boggling 27-24 overtime decision Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs — Polamalu didn’t play.

The all-star safety missed two three-point losses earlier in the year in Chicago and Cincinnati with a sprained knee ligament. He basically missed the last two losses, too. Last week, he was rendered inactive after suffering another knee sprain in the first quarter in a home loss to the Bengals. He wasn’t in uniform Sunday either.

Surely, Polamalu is missed but he can’t be blamed for this debacle in Arrowhead. The Steelers still had superior talent. They should have routed the Chiefs, who were only 2-7 and 10-point underdogs.

Instead, the Steelers self-destructed.

Last week against the Bengals, the Steelers were beaten by a better team.

This time, they beat themselves.

They were gashed by Jamaal Charles’ 97-yard touchdown return just seconds in.

Rookie wide receiver Mike Wallace lost a fumble after a 33-yard reception.
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Miller missed a catch-able pass that turned into a momentum-changing interception.

Roethlisberger threw a red-zone interception after marching the offense 64 yards to the Chiefs’ 10-yard line. That pick was returned 94 yards to set up a Kansas City TD.

In many ways, the loss in Kansas City was similar to the Steelers’ Sept. 27 loss in Cincinnati.

At halftime at Paul Brown Stadium, the Steelers led 13-3 and had a 258-91 edge in total yards.

At halftime Sunday at Arrowhead, the Steelers led 17-7 and had a 279-47 edge in total yards.

In both of those losses, the Steelers got the ball back on the second half kickoff, only to turn the ball over on Roethlisberger interceptions that weren’t his fault.

In Cincinnati, Holmes ran the wrong route to allow an accurately thrown pass to be returned for a TD.

In Kansas City, Miller’s miss turned the tide.

“When you let a team hang around like that, you give them a chance,” Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward said.

Against the Chiefs, the Steelers had a 515-282 advantage in total yards and a 44:07 to 22:25 edge in time of possession, and still lost.

In the gloomy Steelers locker room, Miller promised to keep the faith.

“We are a resilient team,” Miller said. “I know two losses in a row are never easy to swallow. But it’s not over.”

No, it’s not over in the slumping AFC North, but at this stage of the season, the Steelers don’t appear to have what it takes to make it back to the Super Bowl.

Unless they quit self-destructing, they will not make the playoffs.
I do agree with that the Steelers just does not have it this year. Yes, I do think we will still make the playoffs. But not the SB. They are just down right inconsistant as a whole team. Plus injuries are starting to mount up.
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Old 11-24-2009, 01:17 PM   #5
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I have a feeling these two losses are going to mark the turnaround point this season. The next couple games are going to be tough in terms of reestablishing our identity, but sometimes you need a slap in the face in order to refocus. Big Ben has been out of focus. This concussion might force him to settle down and get that fire in his eye. The rest of the team seems to be one step behind. Defense, they just need to understand the situations that no game is a given and make a few more plays that count. On Special Teams, they need to remember the fundamentals. That's all ST really is, fundamentals.

With Kemo out, young Foster will have to come in and play stop-gap football. With Troy still out, Carter has been playing well IMO. Smith is out, and we're rotating linemen. These are the things you deal with.

I expected this season to be somewhat rocky. After Super Bowl Syndrome, supposedly easy schedule, etc. We just have to readjust, right now, and put the steel back in our gaze. We might drop a game or two, but in the long run, we'll come out ahead.

That's my take on it. Then again, I'm not out there on the field.
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The players and coaches need to look in the mirror, man up and figure out how to turn this around quickly. Hopefully the turn around can begin on Sunday night against the Rats.
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Playoffs?

The Steelers should be focused on simply winning a game at this point. If they can't beat the lowly Chiefs, why would they be thinking playoffs?
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The playoffs begin on Sunday night against the Rats. Time to regain our focus and play a full 60 minute game.
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