Brewers Sweep Pirates
“We got out-hit, we got out-pitched, [we got] out-defended,” Manager Clint Hurdle said of the Pirates being swept by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Francisco Liriano struggled with his command, allowing 7 hits, 4 earned runs and 5 walks over five innings. The Pirates had won Liriano’s previous 11 starts.
The Pirates fell behind 4-1 in the sixth but battled back with a two-run seventh on RBIs from Jordy Mercer and Jung Ho Kang. Domingo Santana’s solo home run in the eighth sunk the Pirates.
Pittsburgh played without Andrew McCutchen who is dealing with Achilles tightness.
St. Louis leads the Pirates by 6.5 games going into Friday’s three game series.
Panthers 23 – Steelers 6
The Carolina Panthers racked up 451 yards to the Steelers 191, en route to a 23-6 win on Thursday night.
“We didn’t win the line of scrimmage tonight,” Mike Tomlin said.
Three young offensive linemen were injured in the loss.
Kelvin Palmer (knee), Mitchell Van Dyk (ankle) and B.J. Finney (ankle). All three are being evaluated. Palmer is believed to have torn his ACL.
The Steelers lack of talent outside the top 15-18 players has showed in a big way in camp and that continued tonight.
The Steelers will be actively monitoring the waiver wire as they transition tomorrow to preparing for the Patriots.
“Excited to quickly transition tomorrow,” Tomlin said.
The most interesting battle as the Steelers get down to the final 53 is the punting battle.
Jordan Berry has made a late charge and punted five times tonight, averaging 50.6 yards per punt, including a long of 57.
“Been really impressed with the punting battle. Going to be a tough decision for us,” Tomlin said.
Tomlin praised fullback Roosevelt Nix for a splash play on special teams.
The Steelers finished the preseason with one interception. Kevin Fogg dropped one tonight.
Michael Vick started and was sacked three times as he was under pressure for the most of the night during the action he saw in the first half.
Landry Jones replaced Vick late in the second quarter. Jones was 9/11 for 147 yards, leading the Steelers on two scoring drives.
Jones biggest throws of the night was a 42 yard pass to Sammie Coates and connecting with Jarrod West on a 46 yard gain.
Josh Scobee was 2-for-2 on field goals, both from 27 yards.
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I think my absolute favorite “point” you tried to make was that this was a “make or break year” for a coach fresh off a division title in an organization that has seen a grand total of 3 head coaches since 1969. And those dudes resigned their posts. Tomlin is going to be the Steelers head coach for as long as he wants, try to be a fan and enjoy the ride.
Were just gonna not touch on the fact that the Steelers won the AFC North Division that saw 3 of the 4 teams go to the playoffs last year are we? That would just destroy your “Tomlin sucks” narrative, wouldnt it?
And Colbert was present for both regimes. So, with him having been present during both coaches and drafting with both coaches…. What would be the variable in your eyes?
That’s incorrect Kozy, it is a well known fact that the Steelers Head Football Coach has a lot of input in who is drafted. Been that way since the days of Chuck Null. In some cases the DOFO can trump a coaches decision but that doesn’t happen a lot. You can not debate the level of play from the defense of Cowher’s day, to the defense of Tomlins team. There is a notable undeniable difference!!
The Cowhers vs Tomlin’s players debate is absurd.
1) Colbert is still the one making personnel decisions
2) Cowher didnt want Ben. Take Ben away, and there goes a majority of all wins over the last 12 years.
Won and went to two Super Bowls with primarily Cowher’s players, and coordinators already in place. Won and went to 2 Super Bowls with a defense that had played together for years and were consistently top 5. How has Tomlins. Defenses fared since Cowher drafted players have aged out? When Cowher was here, as defensive players aged, there was a young guy ready to take over (next man up) and the status quo was maintained! How has that worked out since Tomlin took over? With the notable exception of Timmons and Heyward.
Tomlin is the football version of Dan Bylsma with the pens, wins championship on the expense of the previous coaches work. Only Pittsburgh can produce 2 frauds of a coach in 2 different sport in the same Era
What’s more is that the Steelers know they can’t rely on McClendon as a NT anymore….. Mostly because he does not have the pedigree and is much more suited as a rushing tackle as opposed to a gap creator. What worries me is that I haven’t heard a single word about Big Dan McCullers.
LOL a make or break season for Tomlin… Give me a ******* break. LOL again. Dude just won the division last year, not to mention two Super Bowl appearances and one win. Who would they hire that’s better? Think before you post, come on man, it’s not that hard.
This is a make or break season for Tomlin and his staff. All of the players drafted or acquired on defense during Cowher’s regime are gone (Harrison the lone exception)…. If this defense is as pathetic as many think it will be….. And the suspension of 2 gifted play makers on offense, plus a relentless schedule…. Tomlin may find his behind getting hot right around week 12. I obviously can’t fault the decision making on offensive drafting but there is a very serious flaw when it comes to acquiring, or coaching up defense….. And that may finally prove to be… Read more »
Anything short of going 0-16 and Tomlin’s ass will remain as ice cold as it’s always been, I’ve never hidden the fact that I am not a Tomlin fan but only Belicheck is more secure than Tomlin in the NFL.