I hate writing about Steelers losses. I really do. But write I must. So here goes.
&^%^%$#@ William Gay!!!
$#@%^&*&^%$ lack of defensive adjustments!!!
&^%^$@$% lack of offensive adjustments!!!!
%^&*#@%&%# offensive line. At least TRY to block somebody!
@$%^&*#%@ Big Ben! Get rid of the ball already!!! Grrrrrr!!!!!!
@#$&*#^@ William Gay!!!! Oh wait. Did I say that already?
I have to give the Patriots credit. They are good at putting together a game plan that will exploit their opponent’s weaknesses. And that’s just what they did last night.
The Patriots figured out a long time ago that it’s almost impossible to run on the Steelers. So they don’t even try. They just throw the ball on practically every down.
This wasn’t the first time that they’ve used that strategy on the Steelers. Which is why it is even more frustrating to see it work yet again.
I love Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. He’s a defensive genius. But he got out-coached last night. He seemed to stubbornly refuse to make any adjustments to compensate for the fact that Tom Brady seemed content to pass the ball all night. LeBeau could have gone to their nickel or dime packages, which would have brought in more defensive backs. But he didn’t.
So instead, Tom Brady completed 30 of 43 passes for 350 yards and 3 touchdowns. Moreover, the Steelers didn’t sack him once. Not once! In fact, on most plays it looked like he had 5 minutes to stand in the pocket and find his receiver. When he left the game, his shirt was just as clean as it had been when he came out of the locker room at the beginning of the game.
Since the Steelers weren’t getting any pressure on Brady anyway, I don’t understand why they didn’t bring in more defenders for pass coverage. But they didn’t.
On the offensive side of the ball, Ben Roethlisberger threw for 387 yards and 3 touchdowns. So why does it seem like he had an absolutely terrible game? Ben was sacked 5 times, and pressured at least 40 times. He was running for his life on every play. Or at least it seemed that way.
And was it my imagination, or was William Gay the defender on every single touchdown pass that Tom Brady threw? It was like Brady had done his homework and knew that Gay was the weak link in the Steelers’ defense.
And I’m not even going to mention Jeff Reed. Oh wait, I guess I just did. Grrrrrrr!!!! How did he miss a 26 yard field goal? He should be able to make that kick in his sleep. Reed has only made 68% of his field goal attempts this season. That’s not good.
The Patriots game is behind us now. And frankly, I want to forget about it as quickly as I possibly can.
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