Check out the Steelers notes for this week’s game against the Cleveland Browns.
Steelers Game Notes
By Ejay on Dec 24, 2013 | Reply
make tackles and score touchdowns and turnovers and turn up
By Tom on Dec 24, 2013 | Reply
A lot needs to happen for the Steelers to get into the playoffs. Only one of the four factors concerns me though. I’m not sure the Jets can beat the Dolphins.
By Arek Gnap on Dec 24, 2013 | Reply
Dear Pittsburgh Steelers Organization,
I am a huge fan of your organization. It makes my week when you win, and it breaks my heart when you lose. I know you are going to take what I have to say with a grain of salt, but as someone who has football engrained in him, I feel like I have something to say. Dick LeBeau is the best thing to ever happen to this team, he is one of the premier coordinators in the league. However, the problem with the team this year is the defense.
Back in 2008, the Steelers had an average of 22 points a game and went 12-4. However, this year, they are averaging 24 points a game and are 7-8. The team has less three and outs than ever, and this is the first time in 5 years that Roethlisberger has played a full game. I am emphasizing the point that the offense is not the problem this year, it is that our defense is nowhere near as stout as it has been in the past.
I cannot say that it is because of the scheme, because these exotic blitzes and unconventional formations is what confuses quarterbacks and creats splash plays. However, we no longer have the talent on defense to back up the gambles that the defense takes.
Our zone defense is porous at best and holes in the zone are easily exploited by opposing quarterbacks. When the defense runs a zone blitz, we usually have no linebackers underneath to protect the middle of the field. Even if we do, the quarterbacks exploit the sidelines at about 5-10 yards out, the hole between the zone in the flat, and the deep zone. Our man defense leaves much to be desired as well. Ike is no longer the shutdown corner that he once was and the linebackers have a hard time keeping up with the more athletic tight ends in the game.
I have to admit the offense has improved under Todd Haley. This is Ben’s first full 16 game season since the superbowl winning season of 2008. This is also one of his best seasons statistically. The run game has found some light at the end of the tunnel with the emerging star in LeVeon Bell. The only thing I ask is for Todd Haley to swallow his pride and let Big Ben do what Big Ben does best. We are the most effective when we run the no huddle and if Haley lets the offense flow in this manner, we will see much success in years to come.
Colbert has made some great moves as the general manager of this time, but like every great contributor, he does not come without some flaws. Letting Keenan Lewis walk in free agency was the biggest mistake the team made this offseason, bar none. However, he did a marvelous of assessing Antonio Brown’s worth to this organization, and giving Brown a nice contract extension with that.
I simply beg this organization and all of its coaches and staff to not let emotions get in the way of business. There are a lot of older defensive players on the team that are eating up huge chunks of the salary cap, while their contribution has sunk in recent years. The fans love Ryan Clark, Brett Kiesel, Ike Taylor, and Troy Polamalu, and it would break my heart to see them play in another jersey. However, for continued success, hard decisions have to be made and that is the GM’s job. He is not there to be everyone’s friend, he is there to ensure the Pittsburgh Steelers continue to be a force in the AFC.
Like I said, these are just some points that I have always wanted to share with the organization. I love this organization to such a great extent, and even if this all falls on deaf ears, I would be happy that somebody can read it. Have a Merry Christmas Steelers and I’ll be seeing you in my home state of New Jersey on February 2nd.
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