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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Steelers-Bears game-day thread

The Steelers have Landry Jones, Derek Moye, Le'Veon Bell, Cortez Allen, Isaiah Green, Cody Wallace and Hebron Fangupo inactive for tonight's game.

Felix Jones will get the start at running back. Jarvis Jones will start at OLB. I would also expect the offense to be announced this week so that Heath Miller can be announced as the starting tight end.

No changes in the starting lineup for the Bears.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

This line is offensive!

Jimbo

Anonymous said...

Tomlin is a joke.

Anonymous said...

Wow, the other 3 AFC teams win today, while the Steelers are down 17-0 in the first quarter, at home! Put a fork in it, the Steelers' season is over.

Patrick said...

we're just starting to realize Tomlin is a joke?

Anonymous said...

24-3, that's the joke. Steelers are playing for the #1 draft pick.

marc said...

Not much a coach can do when your QB gives it away.

Anonymous said...

Tomlin has lost the team. Rooney you are at a serious crossroad.

marc said...

O-line is pitiful. How can they be that bad. I watched decastro go right past an unblocked defender!!

Anonymous said...

Tomlin was a defensive coordinator for one year before becoming the Steelers head coach. Obama was a senator for one year before becoming the president. Do you think the lack of experience has hurt these gentlemen in the performance of their jobs?

Patrick said...

marc you are right, and I agree that this season, Tomlin isn't turning the ball over.

BUT, there are blatant themes in the past few seasons with Tomlin's teams and they starting to become this teams' downfall.

Mike said...

Disgusting football. Even with the TD. Looks like kids on a playground...not professionals.

Mike said...

It's like a car wreck... I want to look away but I can't.

Anonymous said...

Patrick, you're right, the Steelers picked up right where they left off last season. Who's responsible for setting the standard here?

marc said...

I don't advocate Tomlin is a great coach, never have. But what I see on that field is lack of execution and inferior talent. I put more of the responsibility there on the gm, though the coach is obviously part of that.

Patrick said...

on a side note: I don't want to be the fan making excuses that are silly, but the ball is really not bouncing the Steelers' way this year. Seriously, every time there is a fumble/punt/tipped pass it goes the complete opposite we need it.

Patrick said...

and marc, I understand your point and I agree mostly. These problems though...when are they going to change and they've been festering for awhile.

Anonymous said...

That's how you make a comeback, start off the second half with a fumble!

Anonymous said...

4 missed tackles on the Steelers on Bennett.

Patrick said...

did anyone else see Sanders on the F. JOnes fumble away look away in disgust rather than fall on the ball right in front of him?

Or am I seeing things because I'm so annoyed.

Anonymous said...

Those field goals are really chipping into the bears lead.

marc said...

The refs just ignoring bear's o-line holding?

adamg said...

I really hope someday the Steelers change up from that soft zone coverage. You just can't let that pass happen on 3rd and 12. I am just so tired of seeing the DBs line up 10 yds away from the receivers, then back pedal giving no resistance at all to the receivers.

adamg said...

marc, it's Pete Morrelli's crew, be thankful if this is the worst thing they do.

Anonymous said...

Can turn it off now, 40-23. The London Bowl will feature two 0-3 teams. Hopefully the Steelers keep in the running for the number 1 draft pick.

Anonymous said...

If you can't block it's gonna be tough to win. Who in their right minds thought our tackle situation was set going into the season? Adams sucks. So does Gilbert. And redman blows too!

Anonymous Brian said...

Great throws/catches by Cutler-Marshall-Bennett to put the game away.

Anyway, way to fight back but when the franchise QB spots the other team a couple scores or so...

Does Ben get another contract? If you're not being sentimental...

Anonymous said...

Brian,

They had an opportunity last year when Arians took over the Cards. The Cards didn't have a QB and given the relationship Ben had with Arians, the Steelers could have walked away with a bevy of draft picks. Granted, if we would have done that trade, the Steelers would have been without a QB and probably have been 0-3 at this point in the season.

adamg said...

NBC put up a graphic of the starts of all the OL. Incl Velasco and Foster, it's about 100 starts combined. They are the most inexperienced unit in the NFL. For OL, they need to play to get better and I thought they did pass and run block better. Week to week improvement is the watchword.

A bigger problem is that defenses are forcing BR to be a pocket passer and that's not where he excels. When he's pressured, his instinct is to run back and to the sides, not step up into the pocket. The times he did step up, it looked like he really had to think about it and force himself to do it.
Most OL are taught to drive their defender back and around, but with BR, sometimes that results in a collision because he's trying to scramble back and around too. This isn't a new issue, but until BR to adapts to being more of a pocket passer, it'll keep being a problem.

As disappointing as being winless is, it should give the coaches leeway to play the young guys a lot more and not worry about guys who are in their final contract year and not likely to be re-signed, like Sanders for ex.

Anonymous Brian said...

I don't know. It's Arians' fault, it's Haley's fault, it's the O-line's fault, etc., etc. But my take is --

The offense is consistently mediocre at best because Ben's greatest strength as a QB is also his greatest weakness & makes it impossible to have an efficient offense.

Also he's taken 150 hits a year (my estimate of 50 sacks + 100 hits) for ten years now & had a number of injuries even though he's missed relatively few games because of them.

Just asking, is he done / does he deserve another franchise QB contract from a purely business standpoint?

Yes, you'd have to see how the rest of the year goes but he looks awful. Even taking into account the O-line's awfulness.

Nice blocking by Dwyer. Troy looked cool on the extra point block. Good special teams. Ben looked liked Good Ben for about 2/3 of the game.

adamg said...

Personally, I've always felt BR is the kind of qb, who, when he starts to decline, will have a rapid one. He won't age well because of the way he plays.

Anonymous said...

It may be time to begin asking if BR is in the Philip Rivers stage of his career. Which is ironic given that Rivers is playing well and has only 1 turnover this season.