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 »

Surging Steelers Pass Latest Test Against Giants

 

Considering Opponent, Steelers D delivers best performance of season The best thing for the Steelers in turning a four game losing streak that had their season on a downhill spiral to now a three game winning streak, has been the schedule and some “Luck”. What playing the Cleveland Browns in week 11 and the Indianapolis Colts last week without Andrew Luck was let this defense reset when they needed it the most. Rookies and young players trending up came out of those two games with a new brand of confidence and suddenly the Steelers defense is looking like the unit from Weeks 1, 2, 4 & 5 where the Steelers allowed 16 points or less in all four games to start the season 4-1. While the Giants came in with the 22nd ranked offense in the NFL, this was a critical test with Eli Manning at QB. Pittsburgh rose toRead More »

Monday’s TIOPS Inside Buzz Report

 

TIOPS Inside Buzz *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* 1. More Leadership needed from Wideouts? Antonio Brown’s work ethic outside of game days to fine his craft is rarely matched by others. It’s what has made him into one of the NFL’s best receivers and saw him become the fastest receiver in NFL history to 600 receptions, doing it Sunday in his 96th career game. But is Brown doing a good enough job in leading by example for an inexperienced wide receiver group? Emerging is more and more talk in Steelers circles that Brown has been a bad apple at times and a bad influence on Sammie Coates, Eli Rodgers in critical areas such as attention to details and these inexperienced receivers learning to play the position the right away. While Brown looks to the media and fan base as someone whose top priority is his stats, that’s how he’s also looked atRead More »

Steelers – Browns Fallout: Everything outside of the “W” in the win column comes with an Asterisk

 

Steelers 24 – Browns 9 The good for the Steelers is they care of business against a dismal football team in the Cleveland Browns to improve to 5-5 on the season. They also got some needed help on the scoreboard as the Ravens (5-5) lost to Dallas and the Bengals (3-6-1) season continues to slip away with a bad home loss to the Bills (5-5). The Ravens and Steelers are now tied in the division with a 5-5 record. Big Stats Day for Steelers D The defense was able to pad a lot of stats. Entering the game with 13 sacks on the season, Pittsburgh had 8 sacks from six different players. Stephon Tuitt led the way with 2.5 sacks, Arthur Moats 1.5 sacks, while James Harrison, Javon Hargrave, Lawrence Timmons, Ryan Shazier each had one sack. Pittsburgh sacked Browns QB’s Cody Kessler and Josh McCown each four times, oneRead More »

Is the “Steelers Way” in constructing a team failing to maximize Ben Roethlisberger’s window for another title?

 

Steelers Fallout from loss to Cowboys So when do the Mike McCarthy, a Rooney family favorite, to Pittsburgh rumors start heating up? Kidding aside, the Pittsburgh Steelers season is slipping away after a 35-30 loss to the Dallas Cowboys that has the Steelers record now sitting at 4-5. However, as was the case following last week’s loss, the good news remains that 9-7, maybe even 8-8 could win the division. Certainly still plausible with Pittsburgh’s schedule and division. Bad news is that this is a football team at a cross-roads and not a great team in any phase from on the field to being coached. Remember this was supposed to be a Super Contender that by the way started the season 4-1? For all of the pub this offense gets, and yes they put up 30 points today, it’s largely an inconsistent group that doesn’t play well enough on theRead More »

Steelers – Ravens Fallout: On QB Decision & another 9-7, 8-8 Tomlin coached team?

 

Did Steelers fail themselves with QB Decision? The burning question coming out of the Steelers 21-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens is did the Steelers make a mistake starting Ben Roethlisberger. Never thought I’d see the day where there’s an argument to be made that Landry Jones would have given the Steelers a better chance. The takeaway out of this one is that if your quarterback can’t follow through on his throws due to an injured knee, he shouldn’t be playing even if medically cleared, which was the case for Ben Roethlisberger on almost every throw until the final couple drives in the fourth quarter. The tape did the explaining. Roethlisberger was clearly unable to set his feet to follow through on throws in what an abysmal afternoon offensively for 12 of 15 drives. He also looked like a quarterback for much of the game who was missing his readsRead More »

Monday Buzz Column: Steelers Near perfect night against favorable matchup

 

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 justRead More »