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.
-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.
For #Steelers fans, tonight was like telling yourself all week you had a chance to date a super model and you really went into the weekend believing it.
Then the weekend came and you quickly realized it was all in your head …. YOU HAD NO CHANCE… EVER!
— ☢ 𝕁𝕆𝔼 𝕊𝕋𝔼𝔼𝕃𝔼ℝ 𝔽𝔸ℕ ☢ (@JoeSteelerFan) September 9, 2019
-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.
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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