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Old 10-13-2012, 10:01 AM   #1
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Default Another late-game collapse has exposed Steelersí many woes

Almost indefensible.

The Steelers are offering no explanation for it, only promises it wonít last all season. Still, the same breakdowns keep occurring game after game, in road stadium after road stadium, in fourth quarter after fourth quarter.

And, it can be argued, against bad opponent after bad opponent.

They canít rush the passer. They canít hold a lead. They canít stop an experienced quarterback after he gets going. They canít defend downfield. And when itís over, another apparent victory now lost, they canít find a reason for it.

There once was a time under Bill Cowher when the Steelers couldnít win the big game. Now they canít win the small one. Theyíve lost to the Raiders (1-3) and Titans (2-3) and ó this must worry them ó they have two games left against the winless Browns (0-5).

Remember, this was supposed to be the soft part of the schedule

The Steelers (2-3) dropped their fourth in a row on the road dating to their mystifying playoff loss in Denver, a 26-23 setback at Tennessee on Thursday night that seemingly defied logic given how badly the Titans were playing. At the same time, it followed the pattern of the previous two losses this season.

They owned a lead in the fourth quarter, then collapsed. In Denver, it was a 17-point collapse, in Oakland it was a 13-point collapse. In this one, the Titans ó the NFLís worst defensive team and one of its worst offensive teams ó scored the final 10 points.

Opposing quarterbacks are 35 of 59 for 370 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the fourth quarter

Against Tennessee, defensive end Ziggy Hood was invisible (his stats line was zeros across the board), while cornerback Ike Taylor was far too visible with a 25-yard pass interference penalty that resulted in a field goal and a holding call that led to Tennesseeís tying touchdown. He also was called for interference on a Kenny Britt 37-yard completion.

Keenan Lewis couldnít hold onto a sure interception that would have ended a key Tennessee drive. Titans tight end Jared Cook went undefended on a 25-yard catch that led to the game-winning field goal by Rob Bironas.


Multiple players said afterward there is plenty of time to correct what is going wrong; Foote said, ďTen games from now, people will be laughing at this,Ē

But the more the Steelers lose, the farther they keep falling behind Baltimore (4-1) in the AFC North race, even though they have yet to play a division game.

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sounds to me like they've identified some of the problems right there
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Default Re: Another late-game collapse has exposed Steelersí many woes

Call me dumb-ass, but i'm optimistic. I have faith that we'll come together as a team over the next few weeks and steadily improve, and hopefully, we'll hit our hot-streak in December when it matters the most, just like '05. Doesn't matter if you go 6-2, as we've seen in recent years. What did it get us? We need to be firing on all cylinders going into the playoffs, NOT 5 games into the season.
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Call me dumb-ass.... We need to be firing on all cylinders going into the playoffs, NOT 5 games into the season.
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Playoffs???

Playoffs???
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Playoffs???

Playoffs???
Very fitting....we can't even win a game.

Bayz, with as bad as the injuries are and with as poor as some of our defenders are turning out, I still agree that it's possible. There is still enough talent left on this defense to make a few stops a game, and the offense has a lot of talent. By no means will we be dominant, but with the right attitude and better coaching, we could compete. But it would take the attitude of Joey Porter and Bill Cowher, and it would take Ben getting his 4th quarter magic back. It would also take LeBeau making a serious change. That's why I'm not optimistic, all those things would be necessary and I don't see any of them happening. But you never know, if they do make the right adjustments and start playing with heart, we could see a 2005 like team. Right now I'd just like to see us beat the scrub teams.
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Call me dumb-ass, but i'm optimistic. I have faith that we'll come together as a team over the next few weeks and steadily improve, and hopefully, we'll hit our hot-streak in December when it matters the most, just like '05. Doesn't matter if you go 6-2, as we've seen in recent years. What did it get us? We need to be firing on all cylinders going into the playoffs, NOT 5 games into the season.

playoffs? lol........the only reason we won't finish dead last in the division is because the Browns started off with such a bad record (although their play doesn't indicate the record - it wouldn't surprise me to see them kick the living crap out of us).
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Keenan Lewis couldnít hold onto a sure interception that would have ended a key Tennessee drive. Titans tight end Jared Cook went undefended on a 25-yard catch that led to the game-winning field goal by Rob Bironas.[/B]

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sounds to me like they've identified some of the problems right there

Lewis is one of the "goats" of the game. That pass was right...there...between the numbers. No excuse for not catching that ball. That may have sealed the deal.

No wonder we're not intercepting any passes. He had a dumbfounded look on his face like "whats this??" when the ball got to him. Terrible play. You have to make that catch.
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Lewis is one of the "goats" of the game. That pass was right...there...between the numbers. No excuse for not catching that ball. That may have sealed the deal.

No wonder we're not intercepting any passes. He had a dumbfounded look on his face like "whats this??" when the ball got to him. Terrible play. You have to make that catch.
First of all, you're right -- he should have easily had that pick.

That siad, I think the bigger problem is that going all the way back to last season's first loss to the Ravens, we have allowed ourselves to be in too many situations where one play makes the difference in the game and that's not "Steeler Football".

Every team plays a squeaker now and then but with us it's every week. A team with the talent we have and especially with the QB we have should not be playing nail-biters week in and week out. We should be blowing out teams on a regular basis yet we're not and the reasons for that go far deeper than just a missed pick or a dropped pass.

I think the real problem is more about coaching and game prep. than anything else and if that's true then it's going to take a lot more than healthy players and good bounces to fix that.
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First of all, you're right -- he should have easily had that pick.

That siad, I think the bigger problem is that going all the way back to last season's first loss to the Ravens, we have allowed ourselves to be in too many situations where one play makes the difference in the game and that's not "Steeler Football".

Every team plays a squeaker now and then but with us it's every week. A team with the talent we have and especially with the QB we have should not be playing nail-biters week in and week out. We should be blowing out teams on a regular basis yet we're not and the reasons for that go far deeper than just a missed pick or a dropped pass.

I think the real problem is more about coaching and game prep. than anything else and if that's true then it's going to take a lot more than healthy players and good bounces to fix that.

well, ya got that right. nearly EVERY game....whether its against a pathetic team....or a good team....is a nailbiter....usually riding on one or two plays, no matter which team makes them.
And you're right. Thats not Steelers football. Hell, thats not any winning team's formula.
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