AFC Championship: Brady carves up Steelers ‘D’; lack of talent/inexperience at WR haunts Steelers ‘O’

 

Patriots 36 – Steelers 17 *After nine straight weeks of overachieving, the Pittsburgh Steelers ‘D’ finally cracked at the hands of Tom Brady. Brady put on a Brady-esque performance in carving up the Steelers secondary for 384 yards (career high) and 3 touchdowns. Brady was 32/42 in the game with a 127.5 QB rating. How the Patriots attacked the Steelers was as expected. They came at the Steelers with crossing/mis-directional routes, forcing safeties Sean Davis and Mike Mitchell to decide where to help and Brady mentally beat the Steelers just as much as he did with his arm. He was a step ahead of the Steelers coverage all night. The Steelers had some success in getting New England into some 3rd and long’s, but when the Patriots wanted, they would get a Julian Edelman up against a linebacker and exploit the Steelers in that key matchup that the Steelers knewRead More »

AFC Championship Sunday: The Makings of an Upset?

 

  AFC Championship Sunday Line: Patriots -6 The week seven matchup between the Steelers and Patriots was not a playoff preview of what to expect tonight. The Ben Roethlisberger-less Pittsburgh Steelers were competitive in a 27-16 loss to the New England Patriots but wasted opportunities doomed Pittsburgh from being able to put together a good enough effort to steal one. Pittsburgh had 10 penalties for 85 yards, including a holding call on right tackle Chris Hubbard in the second quarter on a touchdown pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey that would have tied the game late in the first half. Backup QB Landry Jones was 29/47 for 281 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception in the loss. Antonio Brown led the Steelers with 105 receiving yards on 7 receptions. Pittsburgh out-gained New England 375 to 362 and won the time of possession battle. The Steelers missed opportunities on offense were penalties,Read More »

Tomlin expresses regret for language in Brown video

 

Tomlin Addresses Brown Video Mike Tomlin expressed great regret for his language in the Antonio Brown video. “First the content of the video. Like to say language in video is regrettable,” Tomlin said. “This thing that is the National Football League is a precious thing. Responsibility associated of being in this thing from a role model standpoint is something I embrace,” said Tomlin. “That’s why the language in particular is regrettable. I apologize for the content of the video. As a parent, member of the community, I take that very seriously.” Tomlin does not believe the video will be a distraction. “I have absolutely no worries (regards to motivation for New England). We have prepared for distractions. It’s four teams working this week and 28 watching. There’s a certain intensity of being in this tournament,” said Tomlin. Tomlin then addressed the elephant in the room, Antonio Brown. “The last elementRead More »

Antonio Brown didn’t have a care in the world that his head coach was speaking

 

Antonio Brown was doing Antonio Brown things in the immediate after math of the Steelers 18-16 win over the Chiefs. Brown is in the headlines the morning after not for his 6-catch, 108 yard performance, but because he decided to go on facebook live while Mike Tomlin was speaking to the team. Most fascinating about the video isn’t anything that Mike Tomlin said, even if the Patriots have some bulletin material, but that Brown doesn’t have a care in the world that his head coach is speaking. Instead he looks like he’s making a promo for a hookup site. Even with Tomlin warning about social media in his speech and seconds later Ben Roethlisberger making a comment about being smart on it, Brown’s facebook live keeps going for another 15 minutes which doesn’t surprise anyone who knows Antonio Brown. “When you get to this point in the journey, man, not a lot needsRead More »

The Steelers Way is Back: Dominant running game, Great Outside Linebacker Play

 

The Steelers Way has Emerged The Pittsburgh Steelers just won a playoff game scoring no touchdowns, becoming the sixth team in NFL history to accomplish that feat. Chris Boswell set an NFL record with six field goals as the Steelers held on to beat the Kansas Chiefs 18-16. Among the standouts in this one was Le’Veon Bell who broke his own team record from last week, rushing for 170 yards on 30 carries. Bell torched the 30th ranked Dolphins run defense last week for 167 yards and tonight it was the same story vs a porous Chiefs run defense that ranked 26th in the regular season.  Next week he will face the No. 3 run defense in the NFL but there might be no stopping Le’Veon Bell who has been unstoppable for six + weeks now. On defense James Harrison had a big impact once again with the Steelers offRead More »

Tuesday’s Steelers Buzz: Porter to return as LB’ coach? Tomlin takes blame for playcall

 

Tuesday’s Steelers Buzz — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin took responsibility for Ben Roethlisberger injuring his foot that Tomlin doesn’t expect to be an issue vs the Chiefs. “I take responsibility for throwing on third down,” Tomlin said. “I got a little overaggressive there,” Tomlin said. — Roethlisberger will take his usual Wednesday practice off. Tomlin said the foot “shouldn’t be an issue” to practice on Thursday and Friday. — One big edge the Chiefs have on the Steelers is special teams: “We have not been special in special teams,” Tomlin said of his group. Tomlin hinted the Steelers won’t directional kick away from Tyreek Hill as Chris Boswell struggles with those. — Joey Porter to coach vs the Chiefs? Tomlin isn’t ruling it out.

Tomlin, Haley open themselves up for criticism if Ben struggles vs Chiefs

 

Big Ben out of walking boot An MRI/X-Ray on Monday for Ben Roethlisberger on his ankle didn’t reveal a significant injury but Sunday will tell the story whether there ends up being some consequences for a called passing play by Todd Haley on the second to last play of Sunday’s 30-12 win over the Dolphins. “Coach Haley called a pass play,” Roethlisberger said this morning on the Ben Roethlisberger weekly radio show which airs every Tuesday on 937 The Fan during Steelers season. “Hindsight always is what it is, should we have ran it, could we have done this, could we have done that? Potentially, yes,” said Roethlisberger. “We also had a receiver, a young receiver, not run the proper route, and if he would have ran the proper route, the ball probably could have come out of my hand quicker because he would have been open, and it wouldn’tRead More »

Steelers living up to talk of ‘most dangerous team’ in AFC

 

Steelers off to Kansas City with thumping of Dolphins The Most Dangerous team in the AFC? We’re about to find out next Sunday in Kansas City where the Steelers have opened as a 2.5 point favorite. The Pittsburgh Steelers took care of business and more in a 30-12 win over the Miami Dolphins. The rest of the AFC has to be on notice. This one was over minutes into game on touchdowns from Antonio Brown, 50 and 62 yards, as the Steelers roared to a 14-0 lead. The Steelers produced touchdowns on their first three drives: 5 plays – 85 yards | Antonio Brown 50 yard touchdown reception 6 plays – 90 yards | Antonio Brown 62 yard touchdown reception 10 plays – 83 yards | Le’Veon Bell 1 yard touchdown run Pittsburgh exploited a depleted Dolphins secondary from the get-go with crossing routes and quick screens. On the SteelersRead More »

Expectations Game: Everything on the table for Big Ben, offense to deliver deep playoff run

 

Heavy Favorite Steelers The Miami Dolphins are coming to town in the cold (forecast calling for a wind chill of 4) to face Le’Veon Bell with the 30th ranked rush defense, a backup QB and an already depleted secondary (from the previous meeting vs Steelers) that could be without their top cornerback in Byron Maxwell who is fighting to play but has yet to practice this week. The Dolphins have allowed 985 yards in their past two games and have yet to beat a winning team on the road. There’s a reason everything screams a Steelers win despite the pummeling the Dolphins gave the Steelers two months ago that was dictated by the Dolphins ability to win both lines of scrimmage, the key area the Dolphins must win again and handily. The Steelers are the biggest favorite among the wildcard games, currently a -10 favorite vs the Dolphins. It won’tRead More »

Tomlin stressing importance of Steelers combating the Dolphins physicality from likes of Jarvis Landry

 

Jarvis Landry draws high praise from Tomlin As few are giving the Dolphins a chance this Sunday vs the Steelers, Miami figures to have to have a dominant game on the ground to compete with the heavily favored Steelers. Jay Ajayi gashed the Steelers for 205 yards on the ground in a Dolphins 30-15 upset win over the Steelers earlier this season and Mike Tomlin isn’t pretending like it didn’t happen. “We’ve played these guys earlier this year, make no mistake they got after us in every way,” Tomlin said. “Last time on video they flat out got after us.” “Their offensive line won of the line of scrimmage and won it consistently. We’re not going to pretend that the 200 yard day was a lightning strike. It was very real.” A big focus for Tomlin this week is stressing the importance of the Steelers combating Miami’s physicality in theirRead More »