Week 1: Steelers – Browns Fallout
The Pittsburgh Steelers produced a blocked punt returned for a touchdown, seven sacks and one interception vs a rookie quarterback, yet, they only came away with a 21-18 win vs a Cleveland Browns team that went 1-15 last season.
If not for Antonio Brown, this could have been a game afterwards where many within the Steelers were saying ‘what the hell happened’.
Instead, the Steelers found enough in all three phases to get the ‘W’ and start the season 1-0.
The company line from Mike Tomlin and others was taking the high road with the Steelers performance.
“Obviously, we’ve got some work to do, but it’s great to do that work with a win in your back pocket,” Tomlin said. “I thought our offensive drives got stopped because of penalties. I thought our defensive drives got extended because of penalties, and when you’re doing that, you’re going to keep people in the game. We’re not making excuses. We’re not blaming anyone. We’ve got to perform better from a technical standpoint to stay clean so that we don’t stop ourselves. But again, like I said, it’s great to make those necessary adjustments and grow while you win.”
Pittsburgh was penalized 13 times for 144 yards and what would have been an embarrassment had the Steelers lost, Cleveland’s offense out-scored Pittsburgh’s 18-14.
Takeaways: Training Camp Matters
While the Steelers offense, headlined by Ben Roethlisberger plays at a lower level on the road, what Sunday proved is that training camp reps matter after all.
The biggest Le’Veon Bell fan can’t deny he was not in game shape nor ready to play.
[hide] Bell rushed 10 times for 32 yards, with 15 of those yards coming with under two minutes remaining. He had 3 receptions for 15 yards and was out of sync with Ben Roethlisberger on a number of check downs.[/hide]
Despite the Steelers offense having no first downs in the first quarter, what was telling early on was the Steelers going away from the run.
It was quite clear that the Le’Veon Bell that showed up Sunday was the Le’Veon Bell Steelers coaches saw in practice, a player who wasn’t ready to play an NFL game at an impactful level.
Tomlin took the high road after the game on Bell, blaming his ineffectiveness more on penalties than Bell reporting nine days before a game and only having one padded practice under his belt.
Because of Bell not being ready to play and lack of production when the ball was in his hands, the Steelers game plan ventured into 4 WR sets and 1 RB that saw a lot of bubble screens and slant routes.
Eventually Antonio Brown would do Antonio Brown things to produce the only life the offense had as the Steelers made only two red-zone trips in the victory.
To their credit, both red-zone trips resulted in touchdowns with Brown playing a major part in setting up both touchdown drives.
In a 7-7 game, Brown took the Steelers from their own 11 yard line to the Browns 39, 28, and 9 yard line on three straight plays that setup a Jesse James TD reception late in the second quarter.
Early in the third quarter the Steelers produced a 6 play, 75 yard touchdown drive with Brown drawing a 41 yard pass interference call to move the ball to the Browns 18.
Pittsburgh got a special performance from Brown.
Without Brown’s big day, Cleveland is not only celebrating an 18th straight win by the Indians this morning but the city would have been celebrating their version of winning the Super Bowl.
Takeaways: Bryant’s lack of explosiveness a growing concern?
Against the 31st ranked run defense from a year ago, one of the surprises from the Steelers win was how the O-line got dominated at the line of scrimmage in stretches.
Le’Veon Bell will eventually get into game shape and be Le’Veon Bell but is it a lock that the 2014/2015 version of Martavis Bryant will come back?
A growing concern is Steelers circles since Bryant has returned to the practice field is that Bryant has lacked that unique explosiveness/separation ability [hide] with his size that made him such a daunting player to cover prior to his suspension.
That separation speed sources say hasn’t been there in practices nor on game days.
Bryant’s biggest issue against the Browns was creating separation at the line and it’s an area to watch moving forward that could have a big impact on this group because other than Eli Rogers, Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t have much interest right now in looking JuJu Smith-Shuster’s way. [/hide]
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This is my 11th year covering the Canadiens, and I’ve never seen the parking lot half empty on the first day of training camp.
Training camp starts today. No word from our “insider”.
d is saving his best stuff for when the athletic hires him for their Pittsburgh chapter.
Well doesn’t matter for most people here their hockey starts in April only
And it’s over for you in April.
At least Tuitt avoided season-ending surgery. I know it’s old news, but it’s better than seeing Sam try to make some ridiculous point in an incoherent manner. I’m pretty optimistic about the season this year. I honestly think it’s the last year for Ben, which means it’s the last year we have a chance at anything.
Ha ! Some canadian doctor put Bernie Sanders in his place today wonder how that fat slob thinks
You mean this? http://rdnewsnow.com/article/551897/single-payer-health-care-americas-left-gains-soldiers-its-lonely-march
Read it again you fucken retard
Sam is a racist.
Your so called country was built on racisms and still runs on racisms.. you clowns go to make peace in other countries when internally it’s worst then other counties and is divided through race and politics. And fat people
You have to call a country not United States. But the way I see it every states down like each other it should be called Divided States of America.
Everyone is concerned with ‘the way you see it.” BTW – you tip your hand when you thumbs up yourself at 6 in the morning. Nobody is buying it.
You mean like how all the other provinces and territories think Quebec fucken sucks and is full of shitty people?
Go eat some poutine, you racist tub of goo:
You also see the picture the guy with some belly while in states you have these huge fat guys same size as cows. Here in Montreal we go to Walmart and you have 1@SID9701 cart and no one wants to take while in states people fight to have those carts while store has more then one. McDonald’s are empty yet drive thru are full.
Fat and racist sam. You’re fat and racist. 1 @SID9701 cart!
D can you provide us with some inside scoop what happened at pens annual golf game
Shut up, chubby.
Oh I’ll shut most probably you as well had no clue pens had a golf day. And what they spoke about the future of the team. Don’t worry April is about 7 months away
Remember you thought McDavid played in Vancouver?
April – aka the beginning of the Habs golf season.
D finally pay the bill?
He should just ask Sam’s mom to pay the bill.
Or the government’s aid
Virginal bandwagon, does your mom get a discount for buying accounts in bulk?
Same thing – your mother gets the tax dollars, and then pays your bills. Everyone knows that.
Too many thumbs down crashed this piece of sh1t site. Great job D.
Antonio brown is the best LeVeon bell isn’t…
The penalties are on you Mike Tomlin…the Steelers are always taking stupid penalties…LeVeon bell oh i don’t need training camp…a yeah ya do you want $15 million a year for 32 yards on 11 carries good luck. I’m done with Bell ..the Steeler offered him $12.1 million a year for 5 years and he turns it down…$63 million plus. The highest paid running back makes $8.1 please move his ass at the NFL draft and get the Steelers a franchise quarterback
Haha. $63 million plus that isn’t guaranteed. How stupid are you?
Edit: This is Yoda’s new account, right?
whatever Usa Cory… point is fatty he is a greedy pot smoking, injury prone, snob athlete.who wants four million dollars a year more than the highest paid running back in the NFL..It sounds like your the stupid one that would actually give him $15 million a year who is the dumb ass now.
He gets more guaranteed money by taking the tag over the next two years. It’s not rocket science. I bet you were done with Hines when he held out of training camp too, idiot.
Yeah and in that process fat ass Bell damages his relationship with the team and the rest of the GM’s who are watching….No one is going to give a pot head, fragile athlete, a two time suspended player, who misses crucial games $15 million plus a year…. I would move his ass at the NFL draft and go get a franchise QB big Ben is almost done. Go get one of the top three four picks chances are those teams have drafted Qb and get one…because the Steelers Qbs suck landry is awful Dobbs a back up. Im sure you… Read more »
No other GM’s want him but we can trade him for a top 4 pick. You are such a typical yinzer. “It’s the Stiller way! We’re a hard working city!”. Give me a break. I’ll never understand idiotic fans that side with billionaire owners over millionaire players. You’re English/sentence structures are fucking terrible. This might be Sam’s alt account. At least Yoda could spell and knew when to insert commas.
Thanks Cory I’ll try to do better. I’m talking trading him near the end of the season before he kills his own value douche bag.
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh and I know the fans are souring on him, At least I didn’t eat the city like some people named Cory
So Cory…..what would you do with LeVeon Bell?
I’d franchise him again next year and see what Ben decides to do. I never said that the Steelers should sign him long term. I just said that I completely understand why he was holding out.
When was the last time the Steelers blocked a punt, one for a TD nonetheless.
They showed that stat…94 (for a TD)