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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Steelers Vs. Eagles


Everybody calm down, it was just preseason game #2. BUT OH MY GOD WE JUST MURDERED THE SO-CALLED “DREAM TEAM!!” THEY LOOKED LIKE A JOKE, AHHHHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Alright, now that we’ve got that out of our system, let’s take a look at this game rationally:

Steelers Offense:

GOOD: Starters looked pretty solid out there. Starting with the run game, the Steelers established that despite their terrible offensive line problems, that they could still move the ball with relative ease. After Mendy took some carries early, the Steelers opted to give Redman and Dwyer the majority of the carries in order to see their progress. Mendy and Redman both ran against the 1st team defense (Dream Team) of the Philly Eagles, and both of them looked like they were running with good vision and good strength. Tons of great blocking out there from the WRs, namely Hines.

Dwyer then took over the majority of the snaps and ran against the first team D some, and then the backups. He broke off a couple nice runs against the first team D, and looked to be playing with a little more gusto than we’re used to with him. He still looks like a high schooler to me, with those skinny arms, though. I don’t know one starting (or even regularly working) RB who isn’t jacked up top. That dude needs to hit the weight room bad.

The Steelers marched all the way down the field in their first two posessions and ended in TD passes from Ben Roethlisberger. The first was a textbook pass/catch to Antonio Brown (about 30 yards), and the second was a classic broken play scramble, Ben rolls right and hits Hines on the run while Hines is improvising in the end zone (about 20 yards). Back-yard football. Big Ben finished 8/12 with 125 yards and 2 TDs (on just two series) against the Dream Team D. Yeah, he’s a chump.

Since those two drives alone took up nearly quarter and a half of time, Byron Leftwich was then brought in to run with the starters for a bit (**sigh**). Leftwich is not the right guy for this offense. He made a couple of nice throws, but his release is so long and slow that he would never last with our offensive line. He did, however, throw a real nice TD pass to Jericho Cotchery, one of the newest additions to this Steelers WR core.

UGLY: The offensive line was a mess from the start. Two injuries to both the starting LT (J. Scott) and the backup LT (Gilbert) almost right away in this game. We had something like 9 penalties for 75 yards and I believe all but one (illegal formation) was on the offensive line for holding. Even with all the holding going on, the O line still couldn’t stop the Eagles from getting hands on Big Ben (sacked twice), and getting big hits on Byron Leftwich. If you’re gonna hold, at least make sure they don’t clobber your QB.

GOOD: The WR core looked scary good last night, despite some of the plaguing injuries (E. Sanders, Hines…). Hines obviously played and looked great, as did Antonio Brown. The real surprise for me was how much action we saw from newly acquired Jericho Cotchery, and 2nd year Steeler and vet Arnaz Battle. Those dudes both looked stooopid good with some very nice catches.

We didn’t see Dennis Dixon until the second half, and he did as you’d expect someone with his skill set to do against 2nd, 3rd and 4th stringers. He destroyed them. He went 8/11 for 90 yards passing, with no TDs. He did have Grisham open in the end zone, but overthrew him.

We never saw Charlie Batch.

Defense:

Everybody calm down (again). Our defense is fine. last night showed that the first couple of series with the starters in the Redskins game was just our defense still getting used to being out there and laying a beating on someone. There are a lot of young guys in there too because of injuries to Ike Taylor and Bryant McFadden.

GOOD: Four picks is never a bad thing, regardless of how meaningless the second preseason game is. The D looked stout against the pass, actually more so than against the run I thought, and had tips, blocks, picks…the whole 9 yards. Vick was picked 3 times, and Vince Young was picked once. Actually, the guy that impressed me the most was the Eagles 3rd stringer, 2nd year QB Kafka. Dude looked solid, but you know, was playing against the scrubs.

BAD: uhhh…nothing? There’s not much you can say when your first team D shuts out the same team that put up like 60 points in a game last year. All that being said…

MICHAEL VICK WAS PHONING IT IN

There, I said it. Don’t get too crazy over our D. Vick looked like he was playing at half speed and without a care in the world. The Steelers D obviously came out looking to make a statement, which they did, but it’s very clear to me that Vick wasn’t really giving it his all.

“We’re talking about practice”

So, in true Allen Iverson form, Vick sort of just walked through the motions, and our D made him pay for it. He did come up with a tackle on Troy when Troy started doing his thing after he picked a tipped ball from Vick. Troy was dancing around, looked like he was going to lateral it, and then got hit by Vick. Anyone else think this was a little bit of a dirty hit? Looked like Vick just launched his back in the direction of Troys knees to me. Made me nervous to say the least.

Overall it was a nice showing by the Steelers. The O line issues make me a little wary, but Big Ben looked so good…he’s poised for a big year this year. Mark my words, cause I said it first. Other than that, I’m looking forward to see where we are headed over the next couple of pre-season games.

 

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  • Kimmy

    I sure hope Dixon playing instead of Batch isn’t an indication that Batch might be the odd man out.

  • Kimmy

    I sure hope Dixon playing instead of Batch isn’t an indication that Batch might be the odd man out.

  • fortknox

    You want a ‘bad’ for the defense? The 5th and 6th stringers (who won’t make the team) looked bad against kafka.

  • fortknox

    You want a ‘bad’ for the defense? The 5th and 6th stringers (who won’t make the team) looked bad against kafka.

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  • craig.gottschalk

    @Kimmy Absolutely not. The fact that Batch did not take a single snap last night tells me that he’s locked in at #2. The next two games will be tests for Lefty and Dixon. He will probably take a series or two to stay fresh, but that’s it. The QB battle this season lies at the third stringers – Left and Dixon.

  • craig.gottschalk

    @Kimmy Absolutely not. The fact that Batch did not take a single snap last night tells me that he’s locked in at #2. The next two games will be tests for Lefty and Dixon. He will probably take a series or two to stay fresh, but that’s it. The QB battle this season lies at the third stringers – Left and Dixon.

  • craig.gottschalk

    @fortknox It was pretty bad. The whole secondary was getting juked out of their shoes, beaten and contracted a case of the dropsies. And you’re right, with kickoffs looking so different these days, they won’t be making it to the ST areas either.

  • craig.gottschalk

    @fortknox It was pretty bad. The whole secondary was getting juked out of their shoes, beaten and contracted a case of the dropsies. And you’re right, with kickoffs looking so different these days, they won’t be making it to the ST areas either.

  • fortknox

    @craig.gottschalk@Kimmy I’m as big of a fan of Chaz as you are, Craig, but you have to face the facts. Even if Chazz was locked in at #2, they would have given him at least one series in the game. I think they are going to push out Batch on age alone, which is sad. I think the team is better off in Charlie’s hands than Leftwich’s and his slow firing cannon, but I’m not on the coaching staff…

  • fortknox

    @craig.gottschalk@Kimmy I’m as big of a fan of Chaz as you are, Craig, but you have to face the facts. Even if Chazz was locked in at #2, they would have given him at least one series in the game. I think they are going to push out Batch on age alone, which is sad. I think the team is better off in Charlie’s hands than Leftwich’s and his slow firing cannon, but I’m not on the coaching staff…

  • fortknox

    @craig.gottschalk My point was, there isn’t anything wrong with the ‘camp bodies’ doing bad at the end of a preseason game ;)

  • fortknox

    @craig.gottschalk My point was, there isn’t anything wrong with the ‘camp bodies’ doing bad at the end of a preseason game ;)

  • Kimmy

    @fortknox @craig.gottschalk I was thinking there might be a chance they were playing Dixon to show him off for trade opportunities.

  • Kimmy

    @fortknox @craig.gottschalk I was thinking there might be a chance they were playing Dixon to show him off for trade opportunities.

  • AdamMeckler

    @fortknox no doubt, they looked very bad against Kafka. I think that kid is better than people are giving him credit for though.

  • AdamMeckler

    @fortknox no doubt, they looked very bad against Kafka. I think that kid is better than people are giving him credit for though.

  • AdamMeckler

    @Kimmy well, Batch was the Odd man out last year, so we shouldn’t be too surprised. I’m just dissapointed. I agree, this looks to me like he’s on his way out. You all know how I feel about that.

  • AdamMeckler

    @Kimmy well, Batch was the Odd man out last year, so we shouldn’t be too surprised. I’m just dissapointed. I agree, this looks to me like he’s on his way out. You all know how I feel about that.

  • skyfire322

    When it comes to the game, I got quite worried with injuries, especially with the OL. I was very impressed with the run game and Cotchery definitely proved himself worthy. To me, the defense didn’t look very intense, but I’m sure they save it all for when the games really matter. Other than the plagued OL, it looks like it’ll probably be another winning season for the Steelers.

    When it comes to the QB “controversy”, I think Batch should get the #2 spot. Yes, I know that he’s old, but he knows how to take a hit, he knows every single nuance of the playbook and is pretty darn solid. I really have never been a huge fan of Leftwich and with Dixon, he hasn’t played too, too much, so that raises some concerns. Don’t get me wrong, both of them are great athletes, but I think Batch deserves it. Hell, when he retires, I’d like to see him come back and be the QB coach!

  • skyfire322

    When it comes to the game, I got quite worried with injuries, especially with the OL. I was very impressed with the run game and Cotchery definitely proved himself worthy. To me, the defense didn’t look very intense, but I’m sure they save it all for when the games really matter. Other than the plagued OL, it looks like it’ll probably be another winning season for the Steelers.

    When it comes to the QB “controversy”, I think Batch should get the #2 spot. Yes, I know that he’s old, but he knows how to take a hit, he knows every single nuance of the playbook and is pretty darn solid. I really have never been a huge fan of Leftwich and with Dixon, he hasn’t played too, too much, so that raises some concerns. Don’t get me wrong, both of them are great athletes, but I think Batch deserves it. Hell, when he retires, I’d like to see him come back and be the QB coach!

  • AdamMeckler

    @skyfire322 I’m with you 100% on this, sky.

  • AdamMeckler

    @skyfire322 I’m with you 100% on this, sky.