SO CAN SOMEONE please explain a few things to me?
How in the H-E-Double hockey sticks do the Steelers continually lose to bad teams when virtually everyone one else dominates the heck out of said bad team?
And why can’t we win on the road? Anybody?
To give you a visual, I’m looking at my clock and crickets make their typical raucous noise.
I’m guessing that you’re like me and have no answers for the two questions I just posed.
The fact that year-in and year-out the Black and Gold struggle against the worst teams the NFL schedule makers can offer them just baffles my mind.
Just like I’m sure it baffles the minds of guys like Mike Tomlin, Dick LeBeau and Todd Haley.
But at this point, I don’t know if I trust any of the top three minds on the coaching staff to make the right decisions to fix this team now while they can still salvage the season.
It’s been mentioned rather frequently that the Steelers defense is predictable and despite all the rumors, LeBeau -- a legendary defensive mind -- hasn’t been able to pull any new tricks out of his bag. It might be time for LeBeau to retire and enjoy his family while he is lively enough to do so and his status isn’t tarnished by ineptness.
Speaking of ineptness, Haley and his offensive coaches have failed to figure out why the Steelers offense can’t run the football. Yeah, I know they had a solid game against Philadelphia, but that was apparently a blip on the radar rather than a trend.
Then there’s the offensive line. Despite infusing a lot of early draft picks over the past three years, the o-line cannot protect Ben Roethlisberger — especially when opponents know he’s going to throw it.
Remember the final offensive drives against Denver and Oakland?
Ben was under insane pressure being forced to run like a wild man, trying to extend plays before ultimately being sacked or forced into an off-balanced throw.
Who’s fault was that?
The offensive line.
The fact the Steelers are able to move the ball at all is a testament to Roethlisberger and Roethlisberger only.
Like I said, Tomlin doesn’t escape blame for the 2-3 start to the season and definitely needs to shoulder the blame for the 26-23 loss to the Titans.
What was he thinking sending Suisham out to kick a 54-yarder with less than a minute left? If he misses — and he obviously did — the Titans only really need to complete two passes to get in field goal range.
Tomlin needs to either man up and go for it on fourth down there or pooch it and make Tennessee drive at least 80 yards in less than a minute.
Did they watch any film? Did they even make any kind of preparations for this game?
I’ve never seen a team so unprepared for a game and they didn’t show any kind of emotion. The fact that the Steelers are 0-3 on the road this year after struggling on the road last year also falls on Tomlin’s shoulders.
I don’t want to be like some of my friends — and fellow Steeler fans — out there and say the season is over, but next week’s game at Cincinnati now becomes a must-win.
Rats, just looked on the schedule. It’s an away game.
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SO CAN SOMEONE please explain a few things to me?
HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS ROUNDUP: County track set today at Hickory
The annual Mercer County Track & Field Invitational will be held at Hickory High’s Hornet Stadium today, beginning at 9 a.m.
Competing are all Mercer County teams, Class AAA and AA, as well as Slippery Rock. The meet serves as a warm-up to the District 10 championships set next week at Harbor Creek High.
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