Since going 0-4 the Pittsburgh Steelers had ripped off wins in five of their last seven games. Much of that success had been credited to a no-huddle offense which if nothing else, rejuvenated the unit and got them scoring points.
Once again however, Todd Haley and Mike Tomlin put way too much thought into what was going wrong by doing exactly what was wrong.
The Steelers took the opening kickoff in Baltimore and promptly ran the ball on three straight plays and punted. And they huddled.
I am not the only one asking why either. In fact there are several million black ‘n gold fans wondering this as well. It’s the classic case of out-thinking yourself and the Steelers did it again on the way to losing 22-20 to the Ravens.
I understand the concept of trying to get the defense thinking one thing and getting them to do another but there was absolutely no reason for such a conservative gameplan in the biggest and most important game of the year.
Following the punt the Ravens went to work on the Steelers’ aging secondary and were up 7-0 faster than you can say ‘Edgar Allan Poe.’
Despite the fact the Steelers battled back and had a chance to tie the game with a two-point conversion try with a minute to go, the opening drive set an ominous tone on this night and it was totally unnecessary to say the least.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 630pm ET talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.