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steelspikes
09-12-2014, 06:34 PM
Todd Haley is starting to look very uncomfortable on the Steeler sidelines. Everybody saw Tomlin jawing at him after the disaster that-almost-was vs. Cleveland. And by now everybody knows the team's been outscored 50-9 in the last three quarters they've played. While it's still too early to panic, if this offense can't score touchdowns in the next 5 games (Panthers, Bucs,Jags, Browns, Texans), Haley will be gone and the season will be history. None of these teams are legitimate Superbowl contenders in 2014. If Tomlin can't get this team to the post-season, somebody is going to walk the plank before the season's over. The most obvious candidate right now is Haley.
If we can't put up some serious points in these games, then forget about it. This Steeler defense is not top notch, to say the least. There is no pressure on the QB, little ability to stop the run, and no indication that they will be creating a lot of turnovers. That means we have to score and score often. Red zone play calling last night was very questionable. Also troubling was Ben's inability to throw downfield; there was only time for the short stuff.

SnakeEyes43
09-12-2014, 06:52 PM
Per ESPN "report card":
http://espn.go.com/blog/pittsburgh-steelers/post/_/id/9030/pittsburgh-steelers-report-card-3


Coaching:The Steelers simply weren't prepared and that falls on Mike Tomlin. They are struggling with the fundamentals and that also falls on Tomlin. The Steelers were lucky they only lost by 20 points to the Ravens, and they have to make significant improvement in a hurry. It starts at the top. Grade: F

This team looks unprepared and sloppy, that falls in Tomlin. The coaching staff doesn't have this team playing well in any phase of the game. And yes, Haley's bad play calling isn't helping.

Rollers
09-12-2014, 07:06 PM
Well it might have had something to do with Ben missing wide open receivers and two receivers putting the ball on the ground? If you want to blame them for the talent level on this team that's a valid point. But geeze Ben was WAY off is all

SnakeEyes43
09-12-2014, 07:16 PM
Well it might have had something to do with Ben missing wide open receivers and two receivers putting the ball on the ground? If you want to blame them for the talent level on this team that's a valid point. But geeze Ben was WAY off is all

Yes, we need Ben to play better/smarter. But Ben is not the problem with this team.

KevinE
09-12-2014, 08:00 PM
But all the homers will be out here defending MT soon!

KemoTherapy
09-12-2014, 08:39 PM
All of those inside screens,outside screens,misdirection plays and trickery are all gimmick plays to me. I hate seeing the team have to resort to this kind of shyte to move the ball. Not your daddy's Steelers for sure.

Speeed
09-12-2014, 09:39 PM
That was one game. Ben can have a bad game here and there, which is expected, he is human. The expectation is that no matter who has a bad game, somebody else steps up and makes a play. The Steelers lack the "team" aspect. One or two guys have a great game and everybody else just sucks. Bell has been a bright-spot, who else has stepped up?

The team concept is why many teams do well, especially the Ravens. Flacco is so-so, but when he really sucks, the rest of the team picks up the slack. The Steelers have lacked that for years on end. Either coaching does not put the players in a position to do so, or they just don't have the drive or the base-level skill. And when one player makes a key play, another screws that up with a penalty, a fumble, or whatever. It is on the edge of being predictable.




Well it might have had something to do with Ben missing wide open receivers and two receivers putting the ball on the ground? If you want to blame them for the talent level on this team that's a valid point. But geeze Ben was WAY off is all

LevonKirkland99
09-12-2014, 10:02 PM
Coaching has been a problem for the Steelers, and it starts with the HC.