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Old 12-09-2011, 06:21 AM   #1
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Default Steelers Report Card: Game 13 vs. Browns

Steelers Report Card: Game 13 vs. Browns
Friday, December 09, 2011
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11343/1195724-66-0.stm

QUARTERBACKS A

The ankle injury to Ben Roethlisberger put a large damper on what started out to be a big night for him. He engineered a TD drive on the opening possession for the sixth time in nine games and completed 8 of 9 passes for 102 yards and an 11-yard TD to Jerricho Cotchery before he was hurt. But, after he returned, he had one TD pass overturned by replay and another for 79 yards to Antonio Brown. He finished with 280 yards passing.

RUNNING BACKS C

After rushing for just 18 yards in the first half, Rashard Mendenhall had 57 yards on eight carries in the third quarter alone. He finished with 76 yards on 18 carries, his best performance since he had 146 yards rushing against the Jaguars. But he was stopped for no gain on three consecutive plays from the Browns 1. Don't forget, this was against a defense that had allowed eight 100-yard rushers this season.

WIDE RECEIVERS B-

Antonio Brown had five catches for a career-high 151 yards and the game-clincher -- a 79-yard catch-and-run TD. Mike Wallace made a great individual play on a 22-yard catch-and-run in which replay overturned a TD. But bad mistakes in the red zone: Hines Ward fumbled at Browns 15 and Heath Miller fumbled at Browns 8 in span of three plays. Those missed chances loomed even larger when Roethlisberger got hurt.

OFFENSIVE LINE F


The Browns have the second-worst rush defense in the league, but the Steelers did not exactly exploit that. Sure, they rushed for 68 yards in the third quarter, but they couldn't create any space on four chances at the goal line. RT Marcus Gilbert had two false-start penalties and G Chris Kemoeatu had the hat trick -- two holding penalties and another for hands-to-the-face. They wiped out two third-down conversions.

DEFENSIVE LINE C+

The days of shutting down the opposing running game are over. The Browns rushed for 67 yards in the first half, 98 overall, though, to be fair, those totals were inflated by a 28-yard run by RB Chris Ogbonnaya against six defensive backs, But NT Casey Hampton made several big plays to blow up runs. Rookie DE Cameron Heyward was solid in his most extensive action after replacing Ziggy Hood (groin).

LINEBACKERS B

Big goal-line play by ILB Larry Foote to stop Peyton Hillis for 1-yard loss, right after replay overturned a Browns TD. Foote also had a half-sack. OLB Jason Worilds, who started his fourth game for injured LaMarr Woodley, gets better each game. He had two of the three sacks on QB Colt McCoy and several hurries. A helmet-to-helmet penalty against James Harrison on McCoy almost proved costly.

DEFENSIVE BACKS B

The Browns came in with only 23 completions of 20 yards or longer, second fewest in the league, but they had three of at least 25 yards in the first half. McCoy completed his first five passes for 94 yards and also had a 2-yard TD scramble overturned by replay. Troy Polamalu's interception and 33-yard return to the Browns 10 was wasted. But William Gay made a great interception in the end zone to snuff a late threat.

SPECIAL TEAMS C

With so many injuries and mistakes, the Steelers could have used a big special-teams play like they received against the Bengals last week. But it never materialized, mainly because Browns P Brad Maynard was determined to angle-kick away from Antonio Brown. Even a sloppy reverse on the opening kick to start the second half was indicative of the way everything went on this night.

COACHING C

What looked like a big night quickly dissolved with two fumbles in the red zone and then the injury to Roethlisberger. The decision to go on fourth down at the goal line proved to be the wrong one, not to mention an unwise one. Also, why not replace Kemoeatu after two of his three major penalties wiped out third-down conversions and eventually resulted in an interception? They're lucky to get out with a win.


(I'm losing a lot of faith on Tomlin's ability to make the right coaching decisions during the game. - mesa)

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Old 12-09-2011, 08:00 AM   #2
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Default Re: Steelers Report Card: Game 13 vs. Browns

i thought the coaching was more in the "D" range.

Kemo should have been pulled mid-game (and embarrassed) and the team came out looking like they were still in their hotel beds, unmotivated to even play.
Also, running 4 of the exact same play at a goal line stance, was as low and bad as it gets.
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i thought the coaching was more in the "D" range.

Kemo should have been pulled mid-game (and embarrassed) and the team came out looking like they were still in their hotel beds, unmotivated to even play.
Also, running 4 of the exact same play at a goal line stance, was as low and bad as it gets.
I agree with the coaching, but who backs up Kemo?
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I agree with the coaching, but who backs up Kemo?

you do have a point....
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Default Re: Steelers Report Card: Game 13 vs. Browns

I would agree about coaching at D. I think the Oline should be split into 2 halfs. 2nd half despite CK's penalties they protected Ben. CK's end here cant be soon enough. This guy is a play killer with his stupid penalties for years now.

RB's on a good day would be a C, closer to a D. However why didnt Redman run 1-2 times on the goal line? Mendenhal danced and cut on at least 3 of the down. Its a staright a head play, go in, dive over TD.
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:23 AM   #6
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who backs up kemo? He is a back up, we aren't 3 deep, lol

Can adams play?

Ask who back him up next year and people will say Kemo who? lol
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:24 AM   #7
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Default Re: Steelers Report Card: Game 13 vs. Browns

Okay, I think the F grade for the offensive line is WAY too harsh. Fine, they didn't do a stellar job run-blocking. But their pass blocking might have been the best they've done all season. Granted, Ben was sacked once and it was bad, resulting in the injury, but that was a play where the receivers couldn't get open and he was buying time. And after he came back, when he was completely immobile, they became a wall around him.

So while you have to take the penalties and the mediocre run blocking into consideration(getting shut out at the 1 yard line 4 times in a row is really bad, don't get me wrong, especially to a team that let Ray "Please Don't Hit Me, Harrison" Rice run all over them a week ago), I think you have to give them credit for protecting Ben.
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Default Re: Steelers Report Card: Game 13 vs. Browns

I don't think an F is too far off, with the exception of Pouncey and David Johnson no one else blocked. C- is more accurate because let's face it, if your o-line isn't blocking you've gotta find another method to get the Run going downfield. I like Mendy but you've put your head down and get a couple instead of dancing behind the line. Redman looks alot more productive behind an o-line that is struggling because of his running style. The coaching was about what you can expect from the Steelers but c'mon Arians, you can't call a play action pass for one down in those goal line downs that resulted in a 0 ?
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:51 AM   #9
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Bring in Essex for Kemo and Redman needed more carries! Both of those things are in game adjustments based on what's going on. Coaching was a solid D.
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Y'all do remember that up until Ben's injury that we were moving the ball with ease?
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