Since the Steelers (mercifully) didn’t play yesterday, I clicked from game to game. Watched NFL RedZone, too. You know what I saw? Lots of passing. Lots of no-huddle.
I saw MODERN FOOTBALL.
The Steelers’ way of doing things is QUAINT. That’s if you want to avoid insult. It’s ANTIQUATED, if you don’t.
The Steelers have so much aerial weaponry, but always try to ESTABLISH THE RUN. Except they never establish it.
You see running plays called TOTALLY OUT OF CONTEXT.
The Steelers seem more interested in paying homage to an era gone by than in doing what’s necessary to win now.
If you don’t think that’s true – if you think it’s important that Baron Batch gets carries – I’d love to hear your explanation.
Golf coach Todd Haley isn’t worried about DOING his job. He’s worried about KEEPING his job.
It’s true the Steelers have attempted to pass 208 times while attempting to run 126 times, a 62-38 split. But those percentages are skewed by the number of passes thrown while trailing, which the Steelers have done quite a bit.
Anyway, the Steelers’ backs are averaging three yards per rush. PATHETIC. Why run the ball at all?
The only way the Steelers can save their season is to sweep Cincinnati and Baltimore. Go 4-0 against the Bengals and Ravens. I don’t see that happening.
This is the least confident Steelers team I’ve seen since they missed the playoffs three straight times under Bill Cowher (1998-2000). You can see it in their body language, read it in their faces. The Steelers are waiting for something to go wrong.
It usually does.
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