I don’t need to tell you the definition of insanity. You likely know what it is or you saw the Pittsburgh Steelers get beat in the AFC Championship by New England. For whatever reason, the Steelers’ coaching staff has learned nothing since Tom Brady and Bill Belichick took ownership of them well more than a decade ago.
Keith Butler may as well have been Dick LeBeau this evening. The defense looked eerily similar to past Steelers’ defenses that got torched by the Patriots. How many times in fact do we need to see Brady tear up the Steelers’ zone coverage? It doesn’t work! Especially when you have no pressure on Brady. At some point don’t you have to try and use some man to man coverage no matter how badly you don’t want to? Doesn’t that sound insane?
It’s fair to ask if the Steelers have guys capable of playing man to man. In Artie Burns, I see a guy that can. William Gay when necessary too. But Ross Cockrell is a ‘no’ and Sean Davis can handle tight ends but not slot receivers. Butler clearly felt he couldn’t go to man but I don’t understand why he couldn’t have at least tried it when things were getting out of hand.
As for the offense, Todd Haley continues to be Todd Haley’s biggest problem. I’m the one becoming insane though because I write the same damn thing every week.
Haley constantly tries to show us all how he smart he is. Here’s how smart he is. At the one-foot line he called back to back runs into the teeth of the Pats’ defense. You have a 240 pound QB… Was a sneak ever considered? Better yet, why not play-action pass?
On the Steelers’ opening drive they faced a third and one already trailing 3-0. Rather than keep the drive going Ben Roethlisberger threw deep to Sammie Coates who alligator-armed it forcing the Steelers to punt. If Big Ben audibled to that then my question is why even give him the option? Sometimes you have to just keep the sticks moving or is that insane?
Later, Haley called two run plays back-to-back where DeAngelo Williams beat Alejandro Villanueva to the actual hole. Did Haley not learn anything from the first one? This is the type of stuff that drives people like me crazy. Do what works and avoid what doesn’t. Is it that difficult?
The Steelers’ have been the Patriots’ whipping boys now for nearly two decades yet they’ve continued to do the same things every time they play them and expect different results. As you could see this evening, the insanity continues.
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