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So was anything said at Tomlin's presser?

Regarding the upcoming Titans game, Tomlin said - and I'm paraphrasing - I don't like looking on the other side of the field and seeing dick. Some sort of wardrobe malfunction I assume?.... :lol:


DIck LeBeau

Yes...sorry, thought my joke would come through with the combination of my wording, Smilie and complete absurdity of the comment.


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So dick lebeau defense eh? Everyone run 8 yards turn around catch ball break tackle score touchdown.


But Haley won't take advantage of the cushions, because that would be too easy and Haley is too smart for that.

Lebeau will correctly expect Haley will ignore the cushions, and plan accordingly.

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Do any of you who though Ben played “poorly” yesterday think that our o-line played well, particularly against what was (and may still be) the statistically worst defense in the league? I saw protection issues top to bottom and Ben being under duress until they fixed in in the 3rd and 4th quarters.

Ben wasn’t perfect but the protection was shit for much of the game.


Foster looked terrible. Has been bad in pass pro all year.


Villanueva is horrible.....possibly the worst LT in the nfl yesterday


Impossible, that backup LT in Dallas got destroyed for 6 sacks by that DE from ATL


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Villa and Foster have been below-the-line, if you will, in pass pro this year. And Pouncey's always been pretty average.

Some of it is masked because they get the ball out quicker (and nice job against a 3-man rush, that's sort of expected....but they often struggle with 4 or 5).

It is funny, though, after all these years being criticized for holding the ball Ben is now being criticized for NOT holding the ball. :D

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This doesn’t mean I think Mark Madden is good at anything, but this morning his article references the fact that prior to Sunday, Steelers were 7-14 in their last 21 when they were favored on the road.

I know we all argue on here about whether Tomlin & Co. is bad against bad teams on the road, or if that concept is bullshit, but how can you argue with 7-14 in the last 21 when favored on the road?

And the talk about this being a “trap game”; where is that coming from? I don’t think Tomlin is getting the boys together after practice and talking about Indy being a “trap game”, but I think it is an indication of how undisciplined and full of themselves this team is. They aren’t focused on the task at hand, buy into the media too much, etc. That is 100 percent on coaching.

It's the heavy favoring that's he problem as much as anything. I'm as guilty as anyone-- teams are just too close to ignore the potential of little details making huge difference in game.

I repeat: We are 14-7 in our last 21 as road favorites. NOT 7-14.

I was more talking about the perception that we're bad... that's about point spreads and perceived "heavy favoirtes".

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Steelers are #10 in yards per game, not great but not bad. Got bad news for the agenda driven haters, Haley aint goin anywhere this year. Start holding players accountable. Josh McDanials is probably the best OC out there I would love to see him hear to see what he could do. It would not surprise me 1 bit if the results were similar to the current production.

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Who's laughing now Oline?

I know I'm not. They played below the line. Maybe Tomlin didn't inspire them?

Or maybe they just aren't as good as advertised?

Hey, how aboutt that Shazpussy guy with that super athletic INT?

I hope he works out...despite his small frame and propensity for injury.

If he hadn't missed 6 tackles in the 1st half, he wouldn't have needed the ridiculous INT.

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Who's laughing now Oline?

I know I'm not. They played below the line. Maybe Tomlin didn't inspire them?

Or maybe they just aren't as good as advertised?

Hey, how aboutt that Shazpussy guy with that super athletic INT?

I hope he works out...despite his small frame and propensity for injury.

If he hadn't missed 6 tackles in the 1st half, he wouldn't have needed the ridiculous INT.


That was the classic Shazier game. Tried to break the NFL record for missed tackles in a game in the first half, then makes a ridiculous play that turns the game.

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Anyone bitching about the o-line clearly hasn't watched much NFL outside of Steelers games this year.

I don't think Pouncey hasn't given up a sack since 2015. :lol: DeCastro will probably be a first ballot All Pro this year, definitely second team, and hasn't given up a sack all year. Gilbert is probably our best overall lineman, and Hubbard played damn well for a backup. Ramon Foster didn't allow a single sack in 2016, I'm not convinced he's 100% at this point, but rarely ever gives up a sack or penalty, and Finney is a great backup. The only guy who has really had ups and downs so far is Villanueva, but even then I'd describe his play as at least average.

Football Outsiders has the Steelers are the best pass protecting line in the NFL. #1. Go watch Russell Wilson play, or the two teams playing tonight, Arizona, Cincinnati, what Houston is trotting out now, if you want to see what actual bad pass protection looks like. It's like a different form of football. Our passing offense has the luxury of a great o-line.

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I think the OL is very good but i did feel Ben took some big hits yesterday. I am one of the Biggest Big Al fan but he has struggled some in pass protection. I also thought we see a different Ben Yesterday seemed to play at a different level than we seen this season.Hopefully this will be his start of his superbowl run.


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Small Al totally whiffed on several snaps. Didnt even touch the defender


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Who's laughing now Oline?

I know I'm not. They played below the line. Maybe Tomlin didn't inspire them?

Or maybe they just aren't as good as advertised?

Hey, how aboutt that Shazpussy guy with that super athletic INT?

I hope he works out...despite his small frame and propensity for injury.

If he hadn't missed 6 tackles in the 1st half, he wouldn't have needed the ridiculous INT.


Thankfully no one else misses tackles on the team

Amazing thing is this...as bad a tackler as he is being made out to be......

It's crazy he leads the team in tackles....isn't it?

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 Post subject: Re: Tomlin Monday Presser
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Anyone bitching about the o-line clearly hasn't watched much NFL outside of Steelers games this year.

I don't think Pouncey hasn't given up a sack since 2015. :lol: DeCastro will probably be a first ballot All Pro this year, definitely second team, and hasn't given up a sack all year. Gilbert is probably our best overall lineman, and Hubbard played damn well for a backup. Ramon Foster didn't allow a single sack in 2016, I'm not convinced he's 100% at this point, but rarely ever gives up a sack or penalty, and Finney is a great backup. The only guy who has really had ups and downs so far is Villanueva, but even then I'd describe his play as at least average.

Football Outsiders has the Steelers are the best pass protecting line in the NFL. #1. Go watch Russell Wilson play, or the two teams playing tonight, Arizona, Cincinnati, what Houston is trotting out now, if you want to see what actual bad pass protection looks like. It's like a different form of football. Our passing offense has the luxury of a great o-line.

I 100% agree-- which is why I find our refusal to use the intermediate passing game so frustrating. It seems like we squander a lot of good pass protection on designed dumpoffs to a RB or short crosser or throw it early and deep on the sidelines. The playcalls are what you might use if you had protection problems-- like they don't go together.

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This doesn’t mean I think Mark Madden is good at anything, but this morning his article references the fact that prior to Sunday, Steelers were 7-14 in their last 21 when they were favored on the road.

I know we all argue on here about whether Tomlin & Co. is bad against bad teams on the road, or if that concept is bullshit, but how can you argue with 7-14 in the last 21 when favored on the road?

And the talk about this being a “trap game”; where is that coming from? I don’t think Tomlin is getting the boys together after practice and talking about Indy being a “trap game”, but I think it is an indication of how undisciplined and full of themselves this team is. They aren’t focused on the task at hand, buy into the media too much, etc. That is 100 percent on coaching.

It's the heavy favoring that's he problem as much as anything. I'm as guilty as anyone-- teams are just too close to ignore the potential of little details making huge difference in game.

I repeat: We are 14-7 in our last 21 as road favorites. NOT 7-14.


Not sure where you’re getting 14-7. Found an article that includes a table that lists the losses up through last year. Sorry, I can’t embed the table...link below. 12 losses are listed. Add Chicago this year and you have at least 13 losses.

http://www.steelcityunderground.com/wp- ... record.png

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Ben said Haley wanted to kick the extra point after the botched 2 point call and delay of game but Tomlin overruled him. Ben also said he shot down Haley’s play call on that 3rd and 2 pass to Martavis Bryant at the end of the game. Ben is not shy about taking credit for the big plays where he made the call. Clearly he and Haley don’t see eye to eye. I wonder if the team has the balls to make a coaching change after the season. Doubtful but needed


There have always been the critics that will argue its too late to change now and or Bens window is too small to start from scratch.
I believe we are at scratch.
So a new OC come Thursday is not going to happen.
We look like shit again on Thursday, we have 10 days to give the headset to a new guy and turn this offense into what it should be.


We aren't beating NE or other playoff teams with that grab bag pull and pray shit Haley is trotting out there.

He was on the other end of Ben's (football acumen) many times, now we want Ben to be cuckolded because Haley is what????

A golfer, a son of a coach, who never played.

Fucking dynamite this asshole already


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Many posts on the 2pt conversion in this thread; there is some irony in the penalty. Many of Haley’s plays immediately remove the possibility of running, which completely removes a sizable portion of the playbook the defense needs to defend. As maddening as that is, the Colts seemed to have Bell’s number yesterday. Never saw so many hits in the backfield, shoestring tackles, and failed stiff arms and one on one battles. With Bell’s performance and Haley’s boner for empty backfields, there was no chance we were running on the 2pt conversion.

In order to expand the playbook and the route tree you need a slightly bigger field. So running a pass play from the 2 limits the already limited Haley playbook. Luckily, one could argue, we got the 5 yard penalty and it allowed for a better set of passing routes to be executed and defended against. That penalty may have saved the game.


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Anyone bitching about the o-line clearly hasn't watched much NFL outside of Steelers games this year.

I don't think Pouncey hasn't given up a sack since 2015. :lol: DeCastro will probably be a first ballot All Pro this year, definitely second team, and hasn't given up a sack all year. Gilbert is probably our best overall lineman, and Hubbard played damn well for a backup. Ramon Foster didn't allow a single sack in 2016, I'm not convinced he's 100% at this point, but rarely ever gives up a sack or penalty, and Finney is a great backup. The only guy who has really had ups and downs so far is Villanueva, but even then I'd describe his play as at least average.

Football Outsiders has the Steelers are the best pass protecting line in the NFL. #1. Go watch Russell Wilson play, or the two teams playing tonight, Arizona, Cincinnati, what Houston is trotting out now, if you want to see what actual bad pass protection looks like. It's like a different form of football. Our passing offense has the luxury of a great o-line.

I 100% agree-- which is why I find our refusal to use the intermediate passing game so frustrating. It seems like we squander a lot of good pass protection on designed dumpoffs to a RB or short crosser or throw it early and deep on the sidelines. The playcalls are what you might use if you had protection problems-- like they don't go together.


Honest question: why are those dump offs not on Ben? I swear the guy is looking to get rid of the ball faster this year. Just doesn't look like he's interested in moving around in the pocket. Of course, with no intermediate routes there may not be much to do.

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Anyone bitching about the o-line clearly hasn't watched much NFL outside of Steelers games this year.

I don't think Pouncey hasn't given up a sack since 2015. :lol: DeCastro will probably be a first ballot All Pro this year, definitely second team, and hasn't given up a sack all year. Gilbert is probably our best overall lineman, and Hubbard played damn well for a backup. Ramon Foster didn't allow a single sack in 2016, I'm not convinced he's 100% at this point, but rarely ever gives up a sack or penalty, and Finney is a great backup. The only guy who has really had ups and downs so far is Villanueva, but even then I'd describe his play as at least average.

Football Outsiders has the Steelers are the best pass protecting line in the NFL. #1. Go watch Russell Wilson play, or the two teams playing tonight, Arizona, Cincinnati, what Houston is trotting out now, if you want to see what actual bad pass protection looks like. It's like a different form of football. Our passing offense has the luxury of a great o-line.
All that may be true, but they were not at the top of their game on sunday. They were lazy and flat. How many pressures did the colts get? BR also got slammed a few times after launching passes in a hurry. The superman throw to AB he had his jersey being held from behind and a pocket rapidly closing. The Colts defensive front isn't great, and Bell had how many yards? Regardless of shoe string tackles.

I do believe the O line is one of the better ones in the league, and have said so since last year. But they were lackadaisical and forgot there was a game on sunday. At least for the first half, anyway.

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Steelers are #10 in yards per game, not great but not bad. Got bad news for the agenda driven haters, Haley aint goin anywhere this year. Start holding players accountable. Josh McDanials is probably the best OC out there I would love to see him hear to see what he could do. It would not surprise me 1 bit if the results were similar to the current production.

5th pass, 8th run, 5th overall before yesterday's game


I looked it up we are as per the site I went to averaging 350 somethin yards a game. Since your claim is better than mine we'll go with yours ( :P )

If the above is accurate why is there SO MUCH bitching??? It gets so fuckin old. Yes we need to improve in the red zone, no question. Red zone is influenced a lot by Haley, agreed. BUT how about the touchdown to McDonald where he was schemed wide the fuck open and our HOFer did not look his way until about 5 seconds after he had the ball (and then almost threw it over his head). That is a microcosm of the complexity of the issue, guys do sometimes get schemed open, then the LT whiffs on a block, the HOF QB throws a shit pass and then says my bad expecting to be absolved of it immediately cause well he is a HOFer, the receiver goes to the wrong spot or drops the pass etc. We probably have an average of 50 more yards a game if our execution is better (not elite, better).

It is so simplistic to blame the OC and absolve everybody else.

Chef please save your "Mcdonald was not schemed open but got lucky cause a gravitational vortex shifted his momentum and he tumbled to that area of the field and that is why Ben did not see him until after McDonald finished his sandwich AND cigarette waiting for the pass" reply

As a total aside watch Brady when he throws a shitty pass, he is apoplectic at himself, demands perfection from himself, watch Ben shrugs his shoulders oh well my bad we'll get em next time. Different levels of commitment and desire.


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It's really hard to know when a misconnected pass is the QB's fault, the receiver's fault, the OC's fault, or just a good play by the defense. I think the temptation is to believe the narrative that supports your beliefs.

I tend to push back on "the QB is 90% of the problem folks, because that's patently false. With the film and the cryptic comments/explanations afterwards, we're left to look at breadcrumbs and tea leaves and very little evidence. All I can do is call it like I see it-- the structure of the primary pass game is for one on ones on the outside to run up the field outside of the numbers and for QB to either throw a quick deep ball if he likes the matchup and the coverage OR then there are short crossers underneath and the plan is to hit one of those guys with the best chance to get YAC. Either way, ball comes out quickly. We rarely run slants any more and only JJSS and AB get pattern variation.

After seeing Ben go kind of John Wayne and seeing not just that he's frustrated with the OC but seeing which plays Ben called when he called them-- utilized the intermediate middle of the field on the two plays we know he called-- it's done nothing to dissuade me from my stance that the OC is a huge part of the problem. Who you want to blame for hiring and enabling him is open to some debate. That he is a huge problem should be obvious to everyone besides Lynch.

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QB to either throw a quick deep ball if he likes the matchup and the coverage ...


I think this is what Haley meant when he said how the defense is playing changes things.

Apparently, the ability to be aggressive means taking a shot with a deep jump ball when you have 1-on-1 coverage. Tomlin needs to squash that - the receivers are not defending the interception and not getting separation consistently (probably because nothing is done to set those plays up).

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It's really hard to know when a misconnected pass is the QB's fault, the receiver's fault, the OC's fault, or just a good play by the defense. I think the temptation is to believe the narrative that supports your beliefs.

I tend to push back on "the QB is 90% of the problem folks, because that's patently false. With the film and the cryptic comments/explanations afterwards, we're left to look at breadcrumbs and tea leaves and very little evidence. All I can do is call it like I see it-- the structure of the primary pass game is for one on ones on the outside to run up the field outside of the numbers and for QB to either throw a quick deep ball if he likes the matchup and the coverage OR then there are short crossers underneath and the plan is to hit one of those guys with the best chance to get YAC. Either way, ball comes out quickly. We rarely run slants any more and only JJSS and AB get pattern variation.

After seeing Ben go kind of John Wayne and seeing not just that he's frustrated with the OC but seeing which plays Ben called when he called them-- utilized the intermediate middle of the field on the two plays we know he called-- it's done nothing to dissuade me from my stance that the OC is a huge part of the problem. Who you want to blame for hiring and enabling him is open to some debate. That he is a huge problem should be obvious to everyone besides Lynch.


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It's really hard to know when a misconnected pass is the QB's fault, the receiver's fault, the OC's fault, or just a good play by the defense. I think the temptation is to believe the narrative that supports your beliefs.

I tend to push back on "the QB is 90% of the problem folks, because that's patently false. With the film and the cryptic comments/explanations afterwards, we're left to look at breadcrumbs and tea leaves and very little evidence. All I can do is call it like I see it-- the structure of the primary pass game is for one on ones on the outside to run up the field outside of the numbers and for QB to either throw a quick deep ball if he likes the matchup and the coverage OR then there are short crossers underneath and the plan is to hit one of those guys with the best chance to get YAC. Either way, ball comes out quickly. We rarely run slants any more and only JJSS and AB get pattern variation.

After seeing Ben go kind of John Wayne and seeing not just that he's frustrated with the OC but seeing which plays Ben called when he called them-- utilized the intermediate middle of the field on the two plays we know he called-- it's done nothing to dissuade me from my stance that the OC is a huge part of the problem. Who you want to blame for hiring and enabling him is open to some debate. That he is a huge problem should be obvious to everyone besides Lynch.



I am one of those 90% folks.

And while I will grant that 90% is hyperbole. But when have we seen Ben so off on his throws? We can't blame the playcalling or the defense winning the play when I see guys dropping passes with no one around them or Ben missing wide open guys. We can't blame the OL- they've given up 2 sacks in the last month. Now a personality conflict could be an issue but that doesn't explain why Ben is missing throws that he normally makes consistently. High throws or regularly coming up short on long throws usually means he isn't setting his feet and trying to rely solely on his arm to make those passes. Could he be hurt, could his arm not be what it was? I dunno, but let's work on getting him at least driving on the ball instead of chucking it up on 3rd and 1 or hitting the TE behind some aggressive run stopping LBs.

If I were to offer a solution, the TE hasn't gotten the ball nearly enough in the offense this year. This offense sorta feels like it did back when we had a lot of trouble pass blocking and the TE became a 3rd tackle (Mike Adams).

I will say that this is the part where playcalling is at fault is its not trying to help Ben out by getting defenses out of their original schemes. Right now Ben looks like he's forcing the ball to Brown instead of having options to go to anyone else but Bell. For instance, how about getting Ben some rhythm throws that involve the TE 7 yards beyond the LoS out of those 12 sets instead of just running it? When this offense was clicking last year and the year before Ben was hitting Gimble, James, Nix enough and early that the defense had to adjust. Then he could get to those passes vs single coverage downfield with open WRs.

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QB to either throw a quick deep ball if he likes the matchup and the coverage ...


I think this is what Haley meant when he said how the defense is playing changes things.

Apparently, the ability to be aggressive means taking a shot with a deep jump ball when you have 1-on-1 coverage. Tomlin needs to squash that - the receivers are not defending the interception and not getting separation consistently (probably because nothing is done to set those plays up).

On Bryant's ball, Ben led him perfectly-- Bryant took a detour around the CB, giving up inside position. Just pressing right now or something.

You're right though-- without some stop routes or post/dig routes, the DBs are bailing on those deep balls.

The other thing I'm reminded of by the current re-watch... all the drag routes across the LOS or just barely beyond results in an inordinate number of batted down passes. Annoying as shit. Rinse, repeat.

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It's really hard to know when a misconnected pass is the QB's fault, the receiver's fault, the OC's fault, or just a good play by the defense. I think the temptation is to believe the narrative that supports your beliefs.

I tend to push back on "the QB is 90% of the problem folks, because that's patently false. With the film and the cryptic comments/explanations afterwards, we're left to look at breadcrumbs and tea leaves and very little evidence. All I can do is call it like I see it-- the structure of the primary pass game is for one on ones on the outside to run up the field outside of the numbers and for QB to either throw a quick deep ball if he likes the matchup and the coverage OR then there are short crossers underneath and the plan is to hit one of those guys with the best chance to get YAC. Either way, ball comes out quickly. We rarely run slants any more and only JJSS and AB get pattern variation.

After seeing Ben go kind of John Wayne and seeing not just that he's frustrated with the OC but seeing which plays Ben called when he called them-- utilized the intermediate middle of the field on the two plays we know he called-- it's done nothing to dissuade me from my stance that the OC is a huge part of the problem. Who you want to blame for hiring and enabling him is open to some debate. That he is a huge problem should be obvious to everyone besides Lynch.



I am one of those 90% folks.

And while I will grant that 90% is hyperbole. But when have we seen Ben so off on his throws? We can't blame the playcalling or the defense winning the play when I see guys dropping passes with no one around them or Ben missing wide open guys. We can't blame the OL- they've given up 2 sacks in the last month. Now a personality conflict could be an issue but that doesn't explain why Ben is missing throws that he normally makes consistently. High throws or regularly coming up short on long throws usually means he isn't setting his feet and trying to rely solely on his arm to make those passes. Could he be hurt, could his arm not be what it was? I dunno, but let's work on getting him at least driving on the ball instead of chucking it up on 3rd and 1 or hitting the TE behind some aggressive run stopping LBs.

If I were to offer a solution, the TE hasn't gotten the ball nearly enough in the offense this year. This offense sorta feels like it did back when we had a lot of trouble pass blocking and the TE became a 3rd tackle (Mike Adams).

I will say that this is the part where playcalling is at fault is its not trying to help Ben out by getting defenses out of their original schemes. Right now Ben looks like he's forcing the ball to Brown instead of having options to go to anyone else but Bell. For instance, how about getting Ben some rhythm throws that involve the TE 7 yards beyond the LoS out of those 12 sets instead of just running it? When this offense was clicking last year and the year before Ben was hitting Gimble, James, Nix enough and early that the defense had to adjust. Then he could get to those passes vs single coverage downfield with open WRs.

Where are the missed throws? I'm re-watching the game right now... I am at 7:47 remaining in the 3rd quarter and I haven't seen a poor throw yet. He was late on a hole shot to AB on 2nd and long-- which meant AB was OOB by the time the ball got there, dropped a shotgun snap, and other than that, there has been ZERO to criticize about Ben's game. I think he was actually pretty damn good. I'm going to posit that you are watching on gameday with a lot of emotion and with unrealistic expectations, comparisons to straw men that don't exist in real life.

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