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Old 10-16-2011, 04:52 PM   #1
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Default Please- cool it on the long balls!!!

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely L-O-V-E the 40+ yard touchdown bomb to Wallace (or any Steeler). Some games it's the only thing that gets me outta my chair. But after that first (and only) long pass down field, Ben and BA starting swinging for the fence on almost every pass play.

A dozen incompletions later- the Steelers passing game was dead and the running game was nearly stuffed into the Heinz Field grass.

Is Ben shooting for the long ball too much?
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:02 PM   #2
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arians dials up atleast 5 of them in every game and according to ben they are gonna run each one come hell or high water.

i really dont mind them as long as ben learns that if he's not throwing a bomb to wallace he actually needs to aim the ball to the wr. sanders and brown are quick but nobody in the league really has wallaces' speed.

ben missed atleast 3 easy balls today that an elite QB completes 9 out of 10 times.
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:06 PM   #3
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Deep balls are a low percentage play at the best of times. There's simply no reason to have a minimum number of long balls that you try to get into the game. That simply makes absolutely no sense. You take what the defence gives you. Early in the game when we were running the ball well, then okay, take a shot or two down field because the defence has it in their mind that they aren't stopping the run and they're going to start cheating. In the second half when we had no running or short passing game, then it is incredibly dumb to take a shot down field.
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They're going to keep on doing them since we have the personnel for them. There has to be a time where Ben, Arians, and the offense realize they're not working and cut down on them though. Ben's just missing them. If he gets them, we're happy. It's not the idea but the execution that's the problem here. Though I do think they should have started grinding the ball out when they had a seventeen point lead.
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Default Re: Please- cool it on the long balls!!!

I agree that we should throw them less when we play the Ravens or Pats, but this game they would have all been big plays if Ben didn't miss them. Against this team airing it out would have worked if Ben would have just made a few of those passes, the run game was ok and defense was great, against good teams it's up to Ben making those passes to win, he can't be that inaccurate.
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once again we played down to our competition
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:27 PM   #7
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ben missed atleast 3 easy balls today that an elite QB completes 9 out of 10 times.
Agreed- Ben was awful after the midway through the 2nd quarter
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arians dials up atleast 5 of them in every game and according to ben they are gonna run each one come hell or high water.
Dan Reeves was on Atlanta sports talk radio this morning and, with regard to Julio Jones of the Falcons, said you cannot have a predetermined number of plays where you want to force the deep ball

Arians disagrees - i agree with Dan Reeves
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Arians: "We're going to come out and take what the defense gives us. We're going to run when it is appropriate, and pass short quick routes where appropriate. If we are up big, we'll try to go for the dagger but I really just want to keep using what works until it is stopped. PSYCH! Today is opposite day!"

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Arians: "We're going to come out and take what the defense gives us. We're going to run when it is appropriate, and pass short quick routes where appropriate. If we are up big, we'll try to go for the dagger but I really just want to keep using what works until it is stopped. PSYCH! Today is opposite day!"

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that's what makes me so grateful to have such a genius working for the Steelers.
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