View Full Version : Steelers ugly in the second half

10-16-2011, 10:24 PM
Good read on Bleacher Report:


but the main point that I thought we should focus on was, once again the awful second half play. Something that's becoming all too familiar for Steelers fans.

After racking up 10 first downs on 226 yards, and punching in 17 unanswered points on the first three drives of the game, the Steelers gained just 144 yards of total offense on their last eight drives of the game.

After leaving the locker room at halftime up 17-3, the Steelers gained just 70 yards of total offense and punted the ball on all five of their second half drives.

If the disappearance of the Steelers offense wasn’t enough, the defense played Copperfield all game long. Never truly leaving the room, but often times absent, the defense gave the Jags and their 22-year-old rookie quarterback room to hang around until a Hail Mary ended their late-game efforts.

I just don't know what it is. In 2008-2009, we were the comeback kids. Always awful in the first half and unreal in the second half. Something has changed this season. The first few series of almost every game this season, we've looked good, and then we've let up after the first quarter. That is going to be trouble later in the season..

10-16-2011, 10:51 PM
Honestly I blame Ben, he was off his mark big time..

10-16-2011, 10:54 PM
Honestly I blame Ben, he was off his mark big time..

I do too, but it was pretty much a collapse on all ends. I mean, not a complete collapse cause we still won, but...ya know.

10-17-2011, 12:23 AM
No **** we were awful the second half, didnt need a bleacher report to see that.

10-17-2011, 12:27 AM
No **** we were awful the second half, didnt need a bleacher report to see that.

That comment was necessary....//end sarcasm.

10-17-2011, 12:36 AM
That comment was necessary....//end sarcasm.

Same as this thread :nahnah:

10-17-2011, 01:12 AM
Ugly is being kind at this point.......good report on the game/season. Thanks for posting.

10-17-2011, 05:59 AM
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 181 yards and completed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace in the first half of Sunday's game against Jacksonville. His quarterback rating was 113.4 after the second quarter and he appeared to be well on his way to another sterling performance, one week after tossing five touchdown passes in a victory against the Titans.

In the third and fourth quarters, the Jaguars -- and the wind -- finally disrupted the Steelers' passing game. Roethlisberger completed just 1 of 5 passes in the third and fourth quarters, and the Steelers had to hold on for a 17-13 victory after being held off the scoreboard in the second half.

"We had other guys open," Roethlisberger said. "I just have to drive the ball. I have to make the necessary adjustments when the wind picks up, stop floating it and try to drive it through the wind.

"I never make excuses. When it's blowing, you have to put a lot of spin on the ball. I just wasn't doing that. It's something I can easily change."

Several of Roethlisberger's incomplete passes, including some in the first half, came with receivers open deep downfield. Roethlisberger, who said the Jaguars were taking away the underneath routes and daring him to throw deep, simply misfired.
"The wind most definitely was a factor, but we won't use that as an excuse at all," said Wallace, who did not catch a pass in the second half for the second consecutive week. "We just have to keep working at it. We'll get it. Unfortunately, we left about three touchdowns out there."

Roethlisberger's only completion of the second half came on the first drive. It was a 19-yarder to Hines Ward. On the next play, Roethlisberger missed a wide open Emmanuel Sanders, who had beaten his defender to the end zone.
Roethlisberger also missed Sanders on another deep pass in the first half and could not connect on a deep pass to Wallace in the second half.

"It was gusting pretty good," Roethlisberger said of the wind. "Dan [Sepulveda] said on the last punt he wanted to take off and run. He didn't even want to punt it. It was what it was. It was kind of Heinz Field. One series it blows one way, then it swirls on you. Like I said, no excuses. You have to drive the ball through the wind."

From the PG (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11290/1182754-66-0.stm#ixzz1b219ecPr)

I mean seriously, the wind is picking up and gusting to the point where it's affecting the passing game. So like, hey Bruce, let's make sure we keep going deep and trying to the home run pass! Sure thing Ben, I'll call some more home run plays, cuz those will work just fine in gusting winds tossing the ball 30-40 yds down field.

Blame it on Ben for audibling into them or blame Bruce for calling them. Either way it was not going to work.

10-17-2011, 06:48 AM
Looked to me like they went for the home run ball far too much in the 2nd half. Like they were trying for the one big play to put the game away, and as a result, did nothing offensively at all.

--- Added 10/17/2011 at 05:48 AM ---

I mean seriously, the wind is picking up and gusting to the point where it's affecting the passing game. So like, hey Bruce, let's make sure we keep going deep and trying to the home run pass! Sure thing Ben, I'll call some more home run plays, cuz those will work just fine in gusting winds tossing the ball 30-40 yds down field.

I guess it was only gusting when the Steelers had the ball.

10-17-2011, 09:23 AM
maybe go for first downs... ben is crazy.. he needs a real coach. BA is not that guy.

BOMB - BOMB - BOMB. really..

how about some short 5 yard cross routes... over and over again.

oh wait.. miller 30 yards down field.. thats a good one...

Tomlin had to be asking someone if we were going to try for the first down all second half right?? i think multiple first downs in a row are called drives. right?

10-17-2011, 11:58 AM
I believe that Ben needs to get divorced and break his foot in order to return to where he was at last year.

10-17-2011, 11:37 PM
Another good article from the Washington Post about Steelers not being able to close:


PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers cautioned each other about a let down after rolling to halftime with a commanding 14-point lead over Jacksonville on Sunday.

It happened anyway.

Though the Steelers hung on for a 17-13 win, their inability to move the ball on offense and get off the field on defense in the second half continued a troubling trend for a club that considers itself one of the AFC’s elite.

Managing one half of good football is easy. Two is a problem.

Though Pittsburgh (4-2) has won four of five, it has only dominated in spurts. The first half against the Jaguars, Seahawks and Titans. The first quarter against Indianapolis.

Good enough to win against the league’s also-rans. The Steelers know it’s not good enough to get them where they want to go.

“Maybe I need to keep the guys going,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. “I felt like I tried to do that, but maybe I didn’t do enough.”

A week after lighting up Tennessee for five touchdowns on mostly throws underneath, Roethlisberger tried to air it out against the Jaguars. It worked for 30 minutes. He hit Mike Wallace for a pair of deep completions — including a 28-yard touchdown — and Emmanuel Sanders for another.

In the second half he continued to test Jacksonville. Though Wallace and company had little trouble getting behind the secondary, Roethlisberger couldn’t get them the ball on a windy day at Heinz Field. Roethlisberger completed just 1 of 5 passes after the break.

“My biggest thing is just don’t underthrow it, but they got up in the wind and just kept going,” Roethlisberger said. “I got to connect on them. That’s on me.”

Though he was hardly alone in his frustration. The Steelers had a chance to go up 21-0 in the second quarter after running back Rashard Mendenhall ripped off a 68-yard run. Two plunges into the line and a fade pass Antonio Brown that fluttered over Brown’s head forced the Steelers to settle for a field goal.

A touchdown would have likely forced the Jaguars to abandon the run completely and rely on rookie Blaine Gabbert. Instead the stand seemed to revitalize Jacksonville’s defense. The Steelers wouldn’t score again, though kicker Shaun Suisham missed a 46-yard field goal wide left.

“We (want to be) a team that is good and executes on third down and in the red zone and not turn the ball over,” Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward said. “If we do that, we’re a pretty good ball club. We just have to be consistent. We are not doing it on a consistent level yet. But we’re getting there.”

The Steelers will need to get there soon if they want to prove their slow start is just that and not indicative of another Super Bowl hangover.

Pittsburgh travels to Arizona (1-4) next Sunday before a two-game homestand against New England and Baltimore. The Cardinals are no pushovers, and the Steelers are just 1-2 on the road this year, with the victory a 23-20 escape against winless Indianapolis.

Hanging with the Patriots and the Ravens — who have more combined wins (9) than the four teams Pittsburgh has beaten (6) — will require more than a solid half, and the Steelers know it.

“We have to keep the same intensity the whole game,” Wallace said.

On both sides of the ball.

Though Pittsburgh’s defense limited the Jaguars to 209 yards, Jacksonville made enough plays in the second half to hang around. The Jaguars scored their only touchdown on a 17-play, 80-yard drive that took nearly 10 minutes off the clock.

The drive included an automatic first down after Pittsburgh’s Ryan Mundy roughed Jacksonville punter Nick Harris and a fourth-down conversion.

“They continued running the ball and we just did a bad job of tackling,” Pittsburgh linebacker LaMarr Woodley said.

And a poor job of putting a team away, again.

Still, the Steelers would rather apologize for sluggish play in a win than the alternative. Despite their somewhat bumpy start, they’re right where they expected entering the meat of the season.

“We won the game,” Ward said, “that’s all that matters.”

Good read about what some of the players are thinking about this also. Wallace pretty much stated the obvious, but it was the truth, they have to keep the same intensity the entire game. In the NFL, you can't come out guns blazing, get ahead by 2 scores, and then automatically go into prevent defense and run run run mode on offense. Just like in hockey, it doesn't take a team long to come back from being down 2 or 3 scores.