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Old 02-10-2011, 05:22 PM   #1
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Be careful who you blame

Like Neil O'Donnell before him, Ben Roethlisberger is taking a lot of heat for his play in the Super Bowl.

But, like O'Donnell, there were some key plays during the game when the Steelers' young receivers did not run their routes as expected, resulting in some incompletions.

For example, on the Steelers' first offensive series, Roethlisberger made a throw to Antonio Brown's back shoulder that the receiver didn't read correctly, continuing his route down the field. The back shoulder throw was open had Brown adjusted, but the ball sailed out of bounds, looking like a horrible throw by Roethlisberger.

And on the deep route to Mike Wallace late in the game, Roethlisberger made the throw to the spot where the ball was supposed to go - to the pylon. But Wallace cut his route off more shallow than he should have, resulting in a pass in which it looked like Roethlisberger overthrew him badly.

We also saw Wallace struggling in the two-minute offense late in the game, not knowing what the play was.

These are the kind of things that happen with young receivers - even talented ones. Sometimes they make mistakes and the quarterback takes the blame.

That's why there is a belief that receivers don't hit their stride until their third year, which shows the arrow pointing up for the Steelers' passing game.
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:35 PM   #2
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i know a few around here that need to read this
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:37 PM   #3
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Lol I was thinking that maybe the one positive thing coming out of this loss is that we can all appreciate the 1995 Steelers a little more.
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I blame the Green Bay Packers for playing their best game of their entire season, that's who I blame.
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I was saying the same thing in other threads. WRs take at least two seasons to become fully integrated into the offense. Based on other articles posted, we were not even able to run the no-huddle very much this season because of the rookies' unfamiliarity with the playbook and all the calls.

Alot of the drops we have seen from Sanders, Brown (and even Wallace) will disappear as their route running becomes second nature, and their concentration is on catching the football instead of worrying about their footwork.

I for one, am not looking to place blame for Sunday's loss. The whole team in general did not execute well that day, not just Ben, not just his receivers.
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Also Ben's first pick was just a matter of him getting hit as he threw and the second one wasn't exactly a bad throw (bad decision, maybe)

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Actually I think it was more a good calculated gamble by the Packer defender. He ( Bush) was supposed to be in man coverage on Heath, but I guess he read Ben's eyes and made a great break on the ball and got the interception. so for those that claim Ben threw into double coverage that play he didn't.
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Unfortunately as always the QB gets to much credit with a win and to much criticism with a loss. Truth be told it was probably a combo of both WR inexperience and QB decision making that cost us #7.
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Unfortunately as always the QB gets to much credit with a win and to much criticism with a loss. Truth be told it was probably a combo of both WR inexperience and QB decision making that cost us #7.
And throw in Mendy's fumble and a couple stupid penalties on special teams.
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Only those that bandwagon complain about Ben. Looking at the game again, the pick 6 wasn't his fault. The O-Line couldn't stop the guy and he got hit as he threw.
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