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Old 10-17-2010, 06:28 PM   #1
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Default Inability to Play Well on Defense Late in Games Concernin

I'm sorry Steelers fans, I know we won today, but I just can't be happy when Colt McCoy throws for almost 300 yards. The last couple of Browns' drives McCoy marched them down the field like a veteran. This is starting to look like the defense that collapsed late in games last year. We're just not getting a good pass rush, too. If you ask me, this defense is a bit overrated because of their inability to play consistent through 4 quarters.
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:35 PM   #2
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They gave up one TD and one FG.
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:38 PM   #3
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They gave up one TD and one FG.
He's right though, the defense doesn't games very well. 6 of the 7 lost games last year prove that.

Though the Steelers were leading by so much, they could let up all those yards and a touchdown in the 4th quarter, so I'm not too worried about it.
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:40 PM   #4
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Only time will tell. Hopefully we can chalk it up to having the lead.
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:41 PM   #5
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The defense went very soft after we went up 21-3 with 5 minutes left. Not because of inability, but because they just stopped going all-out and we stopped going deep into the playbook.
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The defense went very soft after we went up 21-3 with 5 minutes left. Not because of inability, but because they just stopped going all-out and we stopped going deep into the playbook.
yep....80 of those 280 yards came in there last 2 drives after the game was well in hand and the steelers were in their soft / prevent D...BUT the prevent is supposed to not give up big plays ,
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Old 10-17-2010, 07:11 PM   #7
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21-3 lead, the game was already out of reach. they were playing to give up the underneath and run out the clock
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yep....80 of those 280 yards came in there last 2 drives after the game was well in hand and the steelers were in their soft / prevent D...BUT the prevent is supposed to not give up big plays ,
True, but they picked on McFadden, he is probably responsible for like 70 of those yards.
And prevent defenses are terrible if the other team throws towards the sideline about 15-30 yards down the field and if the team throws short passes to tightends and running backs who can get a good amount of YAC yards.
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Old 10-17-2010, 07:24 PM   #9
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Default Re: Inability to Play Well on Defense Late in Games Concernin

I'm not going to complain about it. They did what they are supposed to do and kept the offense to 10 points. Yes, they let up a garbage TD, but you can't compare that to the late game meltdowns they were having last year when the game was on the line. Most every team that has a 17 point lead late in the 4th will let up a garbage TD. Just the way it is. They did it in '08 too sometimes so, I'm not reading that much into it now when they have big leads.

One thing that kind of does tick me off though is the fact that this board was filled with Steelers fans after the loss to the Ravens who couldn't wait to complain about this and that...and today, after a huge win (and Ben's first game back), it's pretty much dead. It's like some people are just happier complaining (not necessarily directed at you OP). I just don't get it.
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When you constantly rush 3 or 4 guys every time, it's hard to get any pressure on the QB. It doesn't matter who the QB is, if he has all day to throw he WILL find somebody open. I think this defense will be fine. They do a great job of stopping the run and forcing teams to pass. I expect our linebackers to rack up some sacks this year. Our D is good enough to win us a super bowl.
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