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Old 02-08-2011, 03:42 PM   #11
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Default Re: NYT- Did Steelers Miss Chance to Run to a Title?

Typical Arians: it's working well now, which means they'll be expecting it later, which means I need to move to the pass, and stick with it especially if it's not working, because they won't see that coming. Until that starts working, then switch gears again.
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:10 PM   #12
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Totally agree. On that drive that the Steelers suddenly stopped running the ball in the 3rd quarter, while they were still running, the camera (between plays) showed Matthews standing in his huddle sucking wind. I thought for sure the Steelers were going to pound it down their throats and win this game. But that would have been too easy ... why not win it through the air!
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't that the same drive where Roethlisberger missed a wide open Wallace for what would have been a sure TD?
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't that the same drive where Roethlisberger missed a wide open Wallace for what would have been a sure TD?
on the 1st of the 5 straight passes that I am thinking-of, I recall the ball was thrown to Wallace deep down the Left side of the field ~ it was either thrown over the wrong shoulder, or it fluttered, and although he was behind the defender, Wallace looked-like a center-fielder trying to catch a fly-ball at wind-swept Wrigley Field, as it fell harmlessly to the ground

I wrongly thought there were pair of sacks after the 1st down at the GB 29, but that log shows an incompletion, followed by a completed pass for negative yards, then the sack on 3rd down:
I knew we lost yards on consecutive pass-plays of that possession
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I have been waiting for someone to chime in on this. I will never understand why coaches in the NFL will abandon something that is working.The reason some consider Belicheat a "Genius" is that he will keep coming at your weakness until you can prove you can stop them. We ran very well to the right side which is where the Packers were prone to give up the largest chunks of yards accordingly to season statistics. IMO we should kept pounding until they showed they could stop it or change something in their defense which might have give us opportunities elsewhere. Every back we had, had success Moore and Redmon not just Mendy.

If we want to play blame game I have to blame Ben for a very poor performance, the defense which did little to slow down Rodgers and co on third down and the coaching staff for abandoning the run, a questionable field goal attempt, and timeout and clock management.
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If we want to play blame game I have to blame Ben for a very poor performance, the defense which did little to slow down Rodgers and co on third down and the coaching staff for abandoning the run, a questionable field goal attempt, and timeout and clock management.
Your list pretty much says it to me, except I'd add that Wallace didn't make adjustments to a few balls thrown and Brown hosed the first drive of the game by running the wrong route.
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I will never understand why coaches in the NFL will abandon something that is working.
it's my belief that a vast majority Offensive Coordinators are too-much like exotic chefs & clothing-designers:
they'd rather [phaggish-sarcasm] 'let their creative juices flow and take them into places others can't comprehend' [/phaggish-sarcasm] than play it simple & be successful

after winning SB4 in January 1970, Kansas City's Hank Stram was deemed the 'creator of the 1970's offense', with his concept of a moving pocket and a short passing attack, yet he never coached a team to another playoff victory, while coaches like Gibbs & Parcells won multiple Lombardi's with a structured but less-explosive offensive talent 20 years later:
I'd guess that OC feel they won't be noticed and never 'progress' (i.e. - become Head Coaches) if they just run the ball 40 times a game, even-if they win, so they try to re-invent the wheel with intricate passing formations & plays


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