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Author:  Kodiak [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:33 pm ]
Post subject:  The happy bitchfest

We are as bad as any 3-1 team in recent memory. We're still 3-1.

Our schedule looks to get a lot tougher. I've not seen that this team is capable of winning more than 9-10 games (thanks to 6-0 against the horrid AFCN).

The excuses and free passes have to end. Things need to change or....changes need to be made.


AB can pout about his numbers. He earns it and no one works harder. I'd like to have about 53 AB's on the team, and another 7-8 coaching the team.

Author:  Zeke5123 [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:38 pm ]
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I don't know. I see the pieces. Need to put everything together.

Author:  Kodiak [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:48 pm ]
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Zeke5123 wrote:
I don't know. I see the pieces. Need to put everything together.


I see the pieces, too. We are 1/4 of the way thru the season - why does it still look like Wk2 of preseason?

This has been the MO with Haley from Day 1 - no flow or continuity in the playcalling....and they pound sand 2 out of 3 plays and then rely on guys winning individual match-ups. I think it actually takes some effort to be as bad as we've been the first 4 games.

Author:  franco32 [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:56 pm ]
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I actually see a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. Lots. It's a very good football team with some poor coaching right now. The question is whether we can win in spite of the coaches. Are we that good? We will find out.

Author:  955876 [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:57 pm ]
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It's stuff like running on 3rd & 8. They had already determined the FG was good enough. Then he misses it.

Hard to complain about a win against Baltimore on the road and it was good (needed) to get Bell going.

I really hope they expand the offense rather than run it entirely thru Bell.

Time to step it up.

Author:  Zeke5123 [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:09 pm ]
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I still feel like the Steelers are a few plays from dominating.

Author:  Kodiak [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:10 pm ]
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955876 wrote:
I really hope they expand the offense rather than run it entirely thru Bell.


Yeah, we saw this last year.

Haley looks pretty good when Bell is running the ball. Imagine that. Haley is lazy and stupid - shutdown/contain Bell and this is a 20ppg offense.

Author:  Kodiak [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:13 pm ]
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Zeke5123 wrote:
I still feel like the Steelers are a few plays from dominating.


If we're talking ONLY the first half of today's game.

1 good half of football. 7 pretty mediocre halves. There is no way a well-coached team isn't 4-0. This is a trend that has been going on for years - we have dumb coaches running a country club.

Author:  burghboy [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:14 pm ]
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Kodiak wrote:
955876 wrote:
I really hope they expand the offense rather than run it entirely thru Bell.


Yeah, we saw this last year.

Haley looks pretty good when Bell is running the ball. Imagine that. Haley is lazy and stupid - shutdown/contain Bell and this is a 20ppg offense.


That describes not just Haley but most of the coaching staff. I think by and large the coaching culture is getting by is good enough.

Author:  Kodiak [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:16 pm ]
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burghboy wrote:
I think by and large the coaching culture is getting by is good enough.


Ding ding ding

I'm telling you...when Ben hangs it up, AB is going to lose his shit and probably strangle a coach on the sideline.

Author:  SP [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:22 pm ]
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If the offensive line stops committing five penalties per game, this offense may just get off the ground. Defense statistically is top 5 in the league. The offense has been a huge disappointment, but it's still early.

The biggest thing that gives me hope is watching the rest of the NFL. Every good team is struggling. Pats lost twice, Packers have holes, Falcons lost to Buffalo, AFC North teams all suck. Chiefs look good, but Alex Smith is going to Alex before long. Nobody is perfect. It's an attrition football season where style points don't matter. Nobody but nobody wins ugly like the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Author:  Kodiak [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:27 pm ]
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SP wrote:
If the offensive line stops committing five penalties per game, this offense may just get off the ground.


they did play like a top-5 OL today....may not be a coincidence

Author:  Louis Lipps Service [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:31 pm ]
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Haley's offense always takes a half of the season to figure out what the fuck it's doing. That's not new. I don't know why people get surprised by this every year.

Will the offense ever fully realize it's potential with Haley running it? I highly doubt it. But I do think by season's end our offense will be formidable enough that we'll be legit title contenders.

Author:  smithessmokin [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:35 pm ]
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Has Ben lost something on the deep ball? Or is it just the rust from Bryant still shaking off?

Author:  SP [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:37 pm ]
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smithessmokin wrote:
Has Ben lost something on the deep ball? Or is it just the rust from Bryant still shaking off?

He used to underthrow it, now he throws line drives too far. Needs to add some loft to those passes.

Author:  Kodiak [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:39 pm ]
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smithessmokin wrote:
Has Ben lost something on the deep ball? Or is it just the rust from Bryant still shaking off?


No. He threw a dime last week. This week he horribly missed.

Ben has not been what he's capable of. He still threads more needles in 1 game than most guys do in half a season. If you think Ben is just twiddling his thumbs until games start to matter you may be on to something....

Author:  CalSteeler [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:43 pm ]
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The biggest problem, by far, is that our coaching staff is insanely risk averse. We play it safe to the point of madness. When I, a rank amateur sitting on a couch, can predict Haley's play calling around 60-70% of the time (and I know I am not alone in this) then you know an NFL professional has to relax and take it easy the week they play the Steelers. Players still have to execute, and our only saving grace is that we have a far more talented roster than 90% of the NFL. It's why we beat mediocre to horrible teams by middling margins. It's also why we are embarrassed by well coached teams in the playoffs.

We have the talent on both sides of the ball that we should be calling balls out plays over half the time. Keep our opponents on their heels, never let them catch their breath on either side of the ball. The "play not to lose" that Ben railed against his sophomore season didn't leave with Cowher, it hibernated and came back ten times stronger. The bottom line is our coaching staff does just enough to keep their job and not risk being second guessed on Monday morning. They are not concerned with winning football games as much as they are concerned with being immune from criticism (from the casual fan) and protecting their jobs.

Author:  the-other-burg [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:43 pm ]
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Pats lost
Ravens lost
Cowboys lost
Steelers won.

I call that a perfect day.

Author:  Havoc [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:46 pm ]
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This team is not winning the Lombardi unless Haley changes his philosophy and/or Tomlin changes his philosophy on how to win football games.

If one or both don't happen... this win vs the Ravens is fools gold.

Author:  Kodiak [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:49 pm ]
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When this team - IF this team - has an average QB that struggles to make half the throws Ben routinely does.....y'all are going to wonder who gave these coaches a job.

Truth. Book it.

Author:  DrMalba [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:51 pm ]
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How about the first victory at M&T in five seasons?
Even the 4-12 Ravens swept the Steelers a few seasons ago.
This is big, and by the way they got it largely on the ground. You cannot disrespect 173 yards of rushing offense at a conference rival who has largely owned you in their house.

Author:  Kodiak [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:53 pm ]
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DrMalba wrote:
You cannot disrespect 173 yards of rushing offense at a conference rival who has largely owned you in their house.


Yeah, but this is far and away the worst BAL team we've seen since they moved from CLE.

Author:  CalSteeler [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:54 pm ]
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Kodiak wrote:
When this team - IF this team - has an average QB that struggles to make half the throws Ben routinely does.....y'all are going to wonder who gave these coaches a job.

Truth. Book it.


I, sadly, cannot even begin to argue against this post.

Author:  DrMalba [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:57 pm ]
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Kodiak wrote:
DrMalba wrote:
You cannot disrespect 173 yards of rushing offense at a conference rival who has largely owned you in their house.


Yeah, but this is far and away the worst BAL team we've seen since they moved from CLE.


You must have never watched a Ravens team with Kyle Boller at the helm.

Author:  Kodiak [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:00 pm ]
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DrMalba wrote:
You must have never watched a Ravens team with Kyle Boller at the helm.


Oh, I remember...this team is worse. Take away DPI from a crippled Flacco and what do you have? You have a washed-up Bubby Brister on a really shitty offense.

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