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Really Good Coaching on display in near perfect performance

Okay, so which game was the fluke?

Was it the game that left a stink last week that is still stinking up Philadelphia or was it the ridiculously easy blowout of the Chiefs Sunday night?

As boring as the answer may be, both games were flukes.

One fourth of the way into the season, the Steelers aren’t as bad as they looked against the Eagles and they’re not as good as they looked against the Chiefs.

All you need to know is that, in one week’s time, they went from their worst blowout loss since 1989, which was two coaches ago, to their best first quarter since Art Rooney founded the team in 1933.

That’s about as drastic a swing as you’re going to get from a pro football team.

You know what else it is?

Really good coaching.

Not just by Mike Tomlin but by the entire staff. Tomlin is a walking, talking cliché and most of what he says is just coach speak.

But he and his staff really did a great job of not letting the players wallow in the slop from last week and it became obvious early on that they did it by more than pep talks.

The Steelers’ offense started its first series on the five yard line.

On a wet field.

And the first play was a 47-yard bomb from Ben Roethlisberger to Sammy Coates.

It set the tone and from that minute on the Chiefs never had a chance.

That series ended on a punt from near mid-field but the Chiefs fumbled, the Steelers recovered and on 3rd and nine from the 32, and instead of maneuvering for a field goal, Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey who was wide open in the deep middle.

The Chiefs helped out with some terrible throws by their quarterback Alex Smith and even worked in a shanked punt, but mostly they helped out by just being the Chiefs.

If they’re not beating you with dinks and dunks that take less than three seconds to develop, they’re not beating you.

Especially in the rain.

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John Steigerwald

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John Steigerwald, a life long Pittsburgher, has been covering PITTSBURGH sports since 1977 as a TV anchor/reporter, columnist radio reporter/commentator and talk show host. He is also the author of one of the best selling local books in Pittburgh history, "Just Watch The Game."

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