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SCB Steelers Quick Hitters: The “Not Ready for Primetime” Edition

by Steeldad

Good Monday to you Steelers’ Fans. There is nothing happy about it however.

Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin said his team was “not ready for primetime” last night in his postgame comments. That… is an understatement of epic proportions. The Black and Gold were whipped in every phase of the game and pretty much from the onset in a 33-3 loss in Foxborough. This is a broken record that none of us are surprised by to be quite honest. What follows are my thoughts on the game.

On Offense

-I do not understand the penchant for trying to run outside against a very fast defense. Get behind our very good offensive line and get between the tackles. Then sprinkle in some outside stuff to keep them honest.

-Horrible debut for Donte Moncrief. At least three drops and perhaps a fourth depending upon your opinion.

Vance McDonald didn’t see a pass until late in the fourth quarter. I have no idea what that was all about.

JuJu Smith-Schuster was largely a non-factor but there will be better days. Stephon Gilmore is a very good cornerback who plays physically.

Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t bad last night but he just never really got into rhythm. Some positives appear to be that he has some confidence in rookie Diontae Johnson and Moncrief despite his issues. Establishing a better running game will help.

-The decision to kick the field goal down 20-0 from essentially the one yard line was atrocious. You aren’t gonna beat Tom Brady with field goals. Several other occasions saw the Steelers unable to get so much as a yard in third and fourth and short situations. Pretty embarrassing with the vaunted offensive line we supposedly have.

Tweet of the Day… As always Joe nails it.

On Defense…

-The Pats attacked the D with short crossing routes. The picks and screens (one of which was actually called) were effective in getting Julian Edelman and others open. Keith Butler and company had no answer. Sound like a broken record? It is.

-New England often takes your unit’s best player out of games and they did that on defense by double-teaming and chipping consistently on T.J. Watt. He would eventually leave the game with a hip injury.

Bud Dupree recorded a sack but the outcome was no longer in doubt at this time.

Mike Hilton struggles to cover guys down the seam. We saw it in the preseason and we saw it again last night.

-Stop me if you’ve heard this before but there are serious communication problems in the secondary.

-No one. Not one guy on defense showed up big last night. Cam Heyward was invisible as was Stephon Tuitt.

Mark Barron, who was brought over to cover running backs out of the backfield, could not hang with the Patriots’ backs. This is not a good sign going forward.

-Why can we never tackle as well as other teams?

Around the AFC North

Look, there’s a reason we don’t hand out trophies during Training Camp and I think the Cleveland Browns can tell us why.

Can’t say too many bad things about the Ravens. Yes, that’s a lower tier ACC team they beat in Miami but that’s exactly what you do in those situations.

In Seattle, the Bengals played much better than I expected they would in losing 21-20 to the Seahawks. John Ross has definitely emerged as a threat at wide receiver.

Moving Forward

We’ve seen this movie before haven’t we? Team plays horribly, gets its’ act together and then starts winning some ball games. I suspect we will play much better at home on Sunday against Seattle but this will not be easy. An 0-2 start, followed by a west coast trip to San Francisco is not out of the question. It’s one game at a time however and that’s the approach all of us need to take.

Have a tolerable day Steeler Nation.

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Ben September 9, 2019 - 10:38 am

This game was an EMBARASSMENT, plain and simple. “Not ready for prome time?” This team had LITERALLY SIX MONTHS to prepare for this game!!! “Not ready for prime time” is NO EXCUSE!! This team BETTER get it’s shit together before Sunday, or it’s gonna be a LONG day: Jadeveon Clowney is no slouch, and WILL get to Big Ben….possibly multiple times. I’m not even upset that we lost so much as upset at the WAY we lost: we were PATHETIC, in all 3 phases of the game. I attribute this loss to the coaching moreso than the players.

steeldad September 9, 2019 - 11:59 am

I think that’s what is hurting most fans this morning. Losing is acceptable when you’ve played and coached well. Last night was as embarrassing of a loss as I can remember.

Julie September 9, 2019 - 10:51 am

How many times do we have to say it! Tomlin is a lousy coach!

Ben September 9, 2019 - 1:05 pm

The embarassing nature of the loss is what hurts the most, for sure. We just looked pathetic out there….like we were a high school team playing a college team. ONE field goal?? COME ONE! WE ARE BETTER THAN THAT!!!

bobgraff September 9, 2019 - 1:50 pm

A well coached O-line hides a much of weaknesses. I for one think the departure of Coach Munchak had a ripple effect. No sustain drive leads to the defense on the field too long. Leads to us becoming really one dimensional [short passes if that only]. Ben has never been the type of QB who does well with rest, In fact he’s better when he’s ding up a bit. And there is no way around this statement Belichick is Tomlin’s daddy. We will bounce back but remember players are good because they are not because they’re first string Steelers. Ben you might have your punctuation marks backwards. Put the question marks after that and the exclamation points after goal.

steeldad September 9, 2019 - 2:31 pm

I think its only fair to suggest a step back from Munch. The guy is a legend. That said, I do not understand the lack of reliance on that unit last night. It was almost like our OL was a weakness rather than a strength.

J Harry September 9, 2019 - 2:48 pm

I CANNOT Believe they call themselves Professional Athletes.. What I seen last night was Pee Wee League football.. Oops I apologize, I know Pee Wee could have scored a TD. You PLAY like you PRACTICE! It showed last night.

@JoeSteelerFan September 9, 2019 - 6:53 pm

Tomlin throwing a fade pass on a short 3rd and 1 from the goal line – WTH? Where’s the power formation with Rosey leading the way for Conner? Why have Rosey on the team if you’re not going to use him like this?
Next Play: A FG attempt? — It’s 20-0! .. Are you Flippin’ kidding me? You’re on the 1 ONE yard line Tomlin! He should have been fired for this level of stupidity!

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bob graff September 10, 2019 - 11:53 am

One more post, Who we are: The best 3 man D-line in the league and a staff that doesn’t know how to use it. An aging QB who would have have a less than 50% completions if we weren’t throwing so many balls less than 2 yards. a Defense that really does have some standout players who are very poorly coached. A TE who’s claim to fame is stiff arming a guy who shouldn’t have been on the field [ he was hurt pretty bad but before the stiff arm}. A WR’s group who were classed to be elite and deep but are very below average. And a O-line as i said before who were at one time were consider to be below average. This team as i see it has 7-9 written all over it. What’s scary is that we don’t have a difference changer at QB on the roster. Ben has seen better days his skill set was never that of a aging pocket passer. I would love to get that kid from Clemson Trevor Lawrence has Steelers written all over him.

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