Good Wednesday to you Steelers’ Fans.
Apparently I hit a nerve yesterday. After patiently waiting 36 hours after the brutal loss in Foxborough to publish my overdue critique of Mike Tomlin, I discovered I had many who agreed and many who didn’t. The theme I saw a lot was about the team’s execution. Some argued the players didn’t execute the gameplan so therefore it was their fault. Others said that the “execution” or lack thereof, was the fault of Tomlin and his staff. In reality, this issue is always a combination of both coupled with the fact that there is an opponent on the other side of the ball. At some point however doesn’t one have to go back to the very origin of this constant question about why the Steelers struggle to execute at times? To be fair, the players do bear some of that responsibility but I don’t care what level of sports we are talking about. When teams consistently struggle to execute in key moments or big games that falls back on the head coach. Yes, these are adult males playing for the Steelers and they shouldn’t need someone to motivate them or get them focused but the reality is that they’ve played their entire lives being told how to execute. That doesn’t stop when you get to the NFL.
The Story on Nix
One of the many storylines coming from Sunday night was the total absence of Roosevelt Nix. With Nix hurt early in the game the Steelers had no way of using a fullback in short yardage situations. While I understand this, what I don’t understand is the fact that there was no plan for this situation. How do you at the very least not have a tight end ready to play as a lead blocker? What about a defensive lineman? This goes to the topic of the Steelers not being prepared and while this may be a small thing, it could have been a big difference in those short yardage areas. As for Nix, it sounds like he could miss several weeks with a knee injury.
Tweet of the Day… Couldn’t agree more. The All-22 never lies.
I’ve only went through about 3-4ths of the All 22 from Sunday. Couple things: Mike Hilton might’ve played his worst game as a Steeler, it was that bad. With that being said, the safety play was even worse. Edmunds, Kelly and eventually Davis have to be much better.
— Derrick (@derrick_daKidD) September 11, 2019
Brown’s Latest Issue
I do not wish the allegations leveled against Antonio Brown to be true. That would mean a woman was sexually assaulted and raped. Rather than comment on that I have a question for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Will he suspend Brown for allegations when he suspended Ben Roethlisberger for the exact same things?
The Short Crossing Routes
I can’t help but laugh when I see articles talking about the Steelers’ inability to stop those short crossing routes the Patriots ran so well. Why? Because this is the same issue the Steelers had dating back to 2002 when Rich Gannon of the Raiders threw for 403 yards against the Steelers’ defense. That game is often thought of as the one that set the blueprint in motion for how to beat the Steelers. To be fair, the Steelers have adjusted in many ways which has resulted in a lot of wins, but by and large? This is still something teams find success with.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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