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Insider Only Second Guessing? Tomlin and Haley with dud coaching performances in loss to Ravens

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RAVENS 23 – STEELERS 20

Pittsburgh’s 23-20 overtime loss was a game the Steelers gave the Baltimore Ravens from squandered opportunities to questionable play calling at critical moments.

Two Josh Scobee missed field goals in the fourth quarter haunted the Steelers in the Ravens being able to force overtime and then the Steelers not trusting Scobee in overtime.

Le’Veon Bell gashed the Ravens for 129 yards on the ground, averaging 5.9 yards per carry, yet, the Steelers took the ball out of his hands in overtime when they needed a first down.

In four combined third down/fourth down situations, Bell touched the ball just once, and two failed fourth down conversions saw Mike Tomlin and Todd Haley put the ball in Mike Vick’s arm and legs.

On the Steelers first possession of overtime they were faced with a 4th and 2 from the 39 yard line and the ego maniac Todd Haley that he is, looked to become the story by getting cute and running a designed Mike Vick run that was squashed immediately by the Ravens.

On the failed 4th and 2 play, Bell wasn’t even in the backfield.

This after a 3rd and 2 the play before where instead of going to Bell, who two plays earlier went for 22 yards, the ball was put in Vick’s hands who threw incomplete to Brown on third down.

After Pittsburgh’s defense forced a three and out, the Steelers offense was in the same situation, a 3rd and 2 in Ravens territory.

A short throw to Le’Veon Bell gained a yard, setting up a 4th and 1 from the Ravens 33 yard line.

In what would have been a 50 yard field goal, Mike Tomlin made the right decision in not trusting Scobee to make the kick but where Tomlin and Haley deserve criticism is putting the ball in Vick’s left arm again when Vick’s biggest weakness is his lack of accuracy and from the 4th quarter on, Vick was struggling at setting his feet with balls being thrown high.

That was the case on the 4th and 1 play and not to mention a backside throw for a lefty quarterback Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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