My Thoughts on LeBeau and Arians Returning in 2012

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Tim Tebow achieved a 15.0+ YPA and amassed over 300 yards passing, Image Courtesy of denverpost.com

On the heels of the MOST EMBARRASSING POSTSEASON LOSS in N.F.L. history, the Steelers have decided to keep their Coaching Staff as intact as humanly possible.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Steelers will be bringing back Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians and Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau for the 2012 season.  Why the franchise was so quick to rush to sign these two in a such hurry is a move that I personally don’t understand.

In fact, I thought it would be a great idea to discuss why both of these guys (Arians moreso) may not have done enough in recent seasons to warrant their jobs back in 2012 in the first place.  So if you’re interested in what I have to say, or are just downright pissed at me, hit that “Continue Reading” button, and let’s get started.

Bruce Arians:

Arians finished his 5th season as O-Coordinator, Image Courtesy of bleacherreport.com

First off, let me say I almost wet my pants laughing when Jim Nantz and Phil Simms were discussing Head Coaching candidates that were O-Coordinators and wondering why Bruce Arians wasn’t on anybody’s radar.  The second after he said that I yelled at the top of my lungs: “Because Nobody Wants Game-Plans that are Drawn in Crayon!”

Don’t get me wrong, Bruce Arians gets the most criticism from everybody in Steeler Nation not named William Gay.  And I’ll admit, some of that criticism has been a tad too loud, and the Arains haters may not always be spot-on.  Yet 95% of the time when people take an objective view of the situation, Arians’ tenure in Pittsburgh has been nothing short of a disappointment.

Now after 5 years, I’m at the point where I can say that this is the “last straw,” I’m done with Bruce Arians.  I disliked the hire in 2007 (mostly because Ken Whisenhunt deserved the Head Coaching job, but that’s for another article), and I hate the hire just as much to this day.  I don’t care what Ben thinks about him and how many times he will inevitably “go to bat” for him, there are plenty of other O-Coordinators on the market that can do wonders with the personnel that Ben has at his disposal.

Steelers’ Offense Limped to the Barn in 2011:

I’ve printed my misgivings about Arians’ work in Pittsburgh too many times to count.  For the sake of brevity I won’t go into everything, but if you’re curious just click on the link and it will provide you with a list of some of Arians’ biggest follies.  For now, let’s just take a look at what has happened at the tail end of this 2011 season:

The strategy of putting Ben under center as many times as he did in the last three weeks was ludicrous.  Yeah, let’s just put our hobbled QB into 5 and 7 step drops against a Front 4 that can bring heat and a banged-up O-Line?!  Un-friggin-acceptable.

Personally, I was glad Phil Simms said something during the broadcast because I have been saying the same thing over-and-over again since that San Francisco game.  Draws and screens to Redman work well from the Shotgun, plus Ben would have extra time to throw if he wanted to chuck it upfield.

But no, not you Bruce.  You left Ben hanging out to dry in the 1st Half and left at least 10 points on the scoreboard.  Sure the drops were killer, but what the heck was with that slow as molasses 3rd and 7 screen to Wallace call on the first drive?!  Or having Ben throw side-line tear-drops with his bum foot and against Champ Bailey?  Or even having Ben throw deep balls when he was struggling with his accuracy?  Heck, why wasn’t Redman toting the rock more in the 1st Half?!

Furthermore, what was with even playing Big Ben with his injury anyway at the end of the season (On Tomlin as well with Arians)?!  Batch has proven time and again over his tenure that he can manage a game appropriately and win.  But oh no, you just had to throw your hobbled QB in games against “Offensive Juggernauts” such as San Francisco and Cleveland?!  Dude could have been injured more in games that Batch could have kept the score close with some solid game management and a commitment to the run game.

I know, I know we could play the “What If” game all we want, but this was a question of pure logic at the time.  San Fran., St. Louis, and Cleveland: all teams that have trouble scoring points.  Inserting Batch would have meant that each game would have been managed and been in good-hands with a veteran QB that makes little to no mistakes.  The Steelers’ Offense could have undoubtedly scored 17 points or more with this strategy and allowed their Pro Bowl QB to heal in the process.

Granted, the Division was on the line, but what good is going into the Playoffs with your Pro Bowl QB hobbled?  As we have seen over the last decade, it is teams that are healthy at the QB position that will win championships.  Not what seed they are entering the postseason.  If Ben wasn’t limping around, that Denver game could have been won in the 1st Quarter.  And after the complete and total exploitation of New England’s Pass Defense in Week 8, the Steelers would have had a fighting chance next week too with a healthy Big Ben!

Arians’ Offense in Seasons Past:

How mediocrity such as this could be championed, let alone tolerated, for half a decade baffles me to no end.  The statistics which really chap my hide are the Red Zone numbers though.  Sure we can drone on and on about the “sexy stats” like Ben going over 4,000 yards passing or having 1,000 yard rushers and receivers, but the simple fact of the matter is this: 7′s must go on the board, not 3′s!  Had one of those 3′s been 7′s on Sunday, this article would likely be about whether or not Dick LeBeau would be employing a press scheme against New England again.  And a lot of the blame for the lack of scoring in the Red Zone has to be shouldered by the guy calling the plays.

Arians’ Offense has never been ranked higher than 14th in Red Zone TD% since 2008.  Let me repeat: No higher than 14th!  With the weapons that this team had this season, they ranked 18th in the League and only scored a TD on 50.91% of their trips into the Red Zone.  Sure it’s nice for the team to gobble up yards at will and set team records, but what do team records matter when there is no discipline in play-calling and no discipline amongst the players when the team advances inside the opposition’s 20 yard line.

The points per game average for Pittsburgh reflects this mediocre trend also.  The Steelers scored only 20.5 points per game this season which put them tied for 21st in the N.F.L..  That’s right, an Offense with a Pro Bowl QB, two Pro Bowl WR’s and a third that’s a Hall of Famer, a Pro Bowl TE, and two RB’s that are competent in the run and pass games scored under 21 points per game.  Granted the O-Line should shoulder part of this blame, but not all of it.  Was it the O-Line’s fault that sent Mendenhall up the gut 4 straight times against the Browns and gave no illusion of craftiness or deception with the play-calling?  I didn’t think so.  Was it the O-Line’s fault that Miller, Johnson, and Saunders became invisible in the Red Zone due to play-calling?  I didn’t think so.  And don’t think this is a one-time thing either.  Pittsburgh’s Offense has never averaged more than 23.9 points per game in any season since 2008.

Let’s be honest here.  In the Steelers almost 80 year history, only the Offenses of the 1970′s have had the caliber of talent that this Steeler Offense has today.  The amount of weapons that Ben has at his disposal are at an all time high and in terms of play-calling and actual statistics (Red Zone TD Percentage, etc.), the Steelers aren’t cutting the mustard like they should be.

It’s finally time to cut ties with Arians and bring somebody else in that can resuscitate life into this sleeping giant of an Offense now.  I personally have no preference who it is, as long as they have proven at an N.F.L. level that they can call plays and run an Offense effectively.  It honestly makes no difference to me.  I just would like to not be constantly depressed when I watch this Offense underachieve like it has over the last 3 seasons.

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  • dbuzard

    If Lebeau leaves, who will read ‘T’was the Night Before Christmas’ to the team?

  • frankart42

    @steelersbuzztap i so disagree with what u said , thier steelers went 12-4 u act like they went 4-12

  • dbuzard

    If Lebeau leaves, who will read ‘T’was the Night Before Christmas’ to the team?

  • acpregler

    Tomlin is a great coach but hanging on to Cowher’s team too much. I think it’s time for him to take the reins on defense and if he wants a 4-3 then set it up. Offensively, why not give QB coach Randy Fichtner a go? The guy has worked magic with the spread at every place he has been at and has been with Ben for a long time as well. He always seems to be talking to the entire offense on the sidelines as opposed to Ariens who is sulking with his playcard.

  • DomDiTolla

    @dbuzard Lol. Nice one Dave.

  • frankart42

    @steelersbuzztap i so disagree with what u said , thier steelers went 12-4 u act like they went 4-12

  • justgottobe

    The offense this year was so damn predictable. It is such a shame with the talent that we have. Maybe some GM heard Phil Simms during the game and will take BA as a head coach somewhere else. I’d like to see a change because I feel like it isn’t going to get any better from this point on. The defense is a whole different story. I do agree that LeBeau has not called some goods games in the past. But he is a good DC and he has shown that he can change his schemes (IE the 2011 Patriots game). But I think the defense’s injuries really let most of us down this year. Plus the league’s conversion to a 2 hand touch sport has really hurt the level of aggressiveness the Steelers are used to on the field. All in all – the Broncos didn’t win this game. The Steelers lost this game.

  • acpregler

    Tomlin is a great coach but hanging on to Cowher’s team too much. I think it’s time for him to take the reins on defense and if he wants a 4-3 then set it up. Offensively, why not give QB coach Randy Fichtner a go? The guy has worked magic with the spread at every place he has been at and has been with Ben for a long time as well. He always seems to be talking to the entire offense on the sidelines as opposed to Ariens who is sulking with his playcard.

  • DomDiTolla

    @dbuzard Lol. Nice one Dave.

  • Kimmy

    Hilarious and on point Dom as always. I had a thought that maybe Raheem Morris being free and being such good buddies with Tomlin might mean he’d end up on the coaching staff but apparently that’s not going to happen just yet at least.

  • justgottobe

    The offense this year was so damn predictable. It is such a shame with the talent that we have. Maybe some GM heard Phil Simms during the game and will take BA as a head coach somewhere else. I’d like to see a change because I feel like it isn’t going to get any better from this point on. The defense is a whole different story. I do agree that LeBeau has not called some goods games in the past. But he is a good DC and he has shown that he can change his schemes (IE the 2011 Patriots game). But I think the defense’s injuries really let most of us down this year. Plus the league’s conversion to a 2 hand touch sport has really hurt the level of aggressiveness the Steelers are used to on the field. All in all – the Broncos didn’t win this game. The Steelers lost this game.

  • Kimmy

    Hilarious and on point Dom as always. I had a thought that maybe Raheem Morris being free and being such good buddies with Tomlin might mean he’d end up on the coaching staff but apparently that’s not going to happen just yet at least.

  • ToddWilliams

    Great article, Dom. I must say I’m with you, even concerning LeBeau. I can’t count how many times I’ve yelled at him through the TV the past several years as the Patriots whipped our butts with the dink and dunk offense. “Him them at the line of scrimmage!” “Play man-to-man, for Pete’s sake!” Why did it take this long to figure it out?

    The inability to adapt to the Broncos was inexcusable. They sure as heck adapted after their first two series went nowhere. I just don’t understand.

    Looking back at our schedule, the only team I was proud to beat was New England. Most of the teams we played this year were terrible! So our 12-4 record is a bit misleading in my opinion. Had we beaten the Ravens, 49ers, or the Texans, I might have a different opinion.

    As far as our offense…the sooner we get rid of Arians, the better. I can’t count how many times I’ve watched a play and said, “What the heck is that?” or “Who designed that piece of crap?” I don’t ever say that when watching the offenses of Green Bay or New England. Not that our offense needs to mimic them, but you’re right in saying we have a “sleeping giant” offense. Just like Adrian Peterson’s days are ticking by on a terrible team with no chance of ever seeing a Super Bowl, our offense is stuck in mediocrity while Arians is at the helm.

    To perhaps give Arians a bit of credit, I did see flashes of common sense with finally developing some short passing plays for our quick receivers. Although, I’m not sure how many of these were audibles by Ben when saw a blitz coming.

  • ToddWilliams

    Great article, Dom. I must say I’m with you, even concerning LeBeau. I can’t count how many times I’ve yelled at him through the TV the past several years as the Patriots whipped our butts with the dink and dunk offense. “Him them at the line of scrimmage!” “Play man-to-man, for Pete’s sake!” Why did it take this long to figure it out?

    The inability to adapt to the Broncos was inexcusable. They sure as heck adapted after their first two series went nowhere. I just don’t understand.

    Looking back at our schedule, the only team I was proud to beat was New England. Most of the teams we played this year were terrible! So our 12-4 record is a bit misleading in my opinion. Had we beaten the Ravens, 49ers, or the Texans, I might have a different opinion.

    As far as our offense…the sooner we get rid of Arians, the better. I can’t count how many times I’ve watched a play and said, “What the heck is that?” or “Who designed that piece of crap?” I don’t ever say that when watching the offenses of Green Bay or New England. Not that our offense needs to mimic them, but you’re right in saying we have a “sleeping giant” offense. Just like Adrian Peterson’s days are ticking by on a terrible team with no chance of ever seeing a Super Bowl, our offense is stuck in mediocrity while Arians is at the helm.

    To perhaps give Arians a bit of credit, I did see flashes of common sense with finally developing some short passing plays for our quick receivers. Although, I’m not sure how many of these were audibles by Ben when saw a blitz coming.

  • skyfire322

    Nice job, Dom! I agree with you in so many ways. I’ve been wanting to see Arians go since the 2009 season (I gave him a free pass on the first year). Everyone is saying that the NFL is now a “Quarterback League”. Throughout history, the Steelers have based their offense on their rushing attack. We have more than capable backs in Mendenhall and Redman. It just sucks seeing so many passing plays, especially with an injured QB.I also have concerns with LeBeau. That dude is a beast, but especially during the second half of the season, it seemed as if he got a little lazy. After halftime during the Denver Meltdown, I expected to see tighter coverage. I expected to see more blitzes and pressure on Tebow. If the defense gives up 100+ passing yards in one quarter, common sense would tell you that you should play tighter. Everyone has been blaming the age of the defense, but they’re not to blame for sub-par play calling.

  • macsteelers

    Whiz did not deserve the job – he would have ruined Roethlisberger like he is ruining Kolb. Whiz leaves and Ben has the best years of his career…….

  • skyfire322

    Nice job, Dom! I agree with you in so many ways. I’ve been wanting to see Arians go since the 2009 season (I gave him a free pass on the first year). Everyone is saying that the NFL is now a “Quarterback League”. Throughout history, the Steelers have based their offense on their rushing attack. We have more than capable backs in Mendenhall and Redman. It just sucks seeing so many passing plays, especially with an injured QB.I also have concerns with LeBeau. That dude is a beast, but especially during the second half of the season, it seemed as if he got a little lazy. After halftime during the Denver Meltdown, I expected to see tighter coverage. I expected to see more blitzes and pressure on Tebow. If the defense gives up 100+ passing yards in one quarter, common sense would tell you that you should play tighter. Everyone has been blaming the age of the defense, but they’re not to blame for sub-par play calling.

  • macsteelers

    Whiz did not deserve the job – he would have ruined Roethlisberger like he is ruining Kolb. Whiz leaves and Ben has the best years of his career…….

  • daMACatacII

    Man, you hit the ground running. I agree with you. I love Dick, but he has blown several games before. What good is the number one defense if you can’t cover for crap? And Bruce, don’t get me started. I’ve been wanting him gone since 2008. I call his offense the RRPP scheme. run-run-pass-punt….and thank you for reminding me of that crap of running Rashard FOUR CUATRO QATTRE CUATTRO times in a row from the 1….how more predictable can you get? Bruce need to go big time. We have the best receivers in the world and we average 20 PPG?!!?!? what the fuck!

  • DomDiTolla

    @macsteelers Whisenhunt didn’t ruin Kolb, the dude is the second coming of Rob Johnson in terms of his sack taking and uninspired play. Kolb was overvalued to begin with, and his contract is indicative of teams’ overwhelming desire to find the next “franchise QB” more than his talent and play on the field.

    True, Ben is enjoying the best “statistical” seasons of his career with Arians, but that is only because he is allowed to chuck the ball up more than under Whisenhunt. Ben has thrown the ball over 500 time in two of the last three seasons, so it’s pretty safe to assume that’s why he’s enjoying “career” years. Granted, Ben might not have the “sexy” stats he has now if he had Whisenhunt as his O-Coordinator, but you can’t argue that the Steelers’ Offense would have been a hell of a lot more efficient than it is now.

    With a commitment to the run (taking the pressure off Ben), taking advantage of the WR’s and the matchup issues they cause, and passing to the TE’s in the Red Zone, Pittsburgh likely would have scored more points under Whisenhunt than they do now. Moreover, they would have had solid game-plans week after week regarding personnel matchups and parlaying the Steelers’ Offensive strengths into a successful scoring machine to compliment the Defense.

    Are there better O.C.’s than Whiz? Sure there are. But he is a Hell of a lot better than Bruce Arians. In fact, Arizona finished just behind Pittsburgh in points per game this season (19.5 to 20.3). And this was with Jon Skelton as the starting QB for almost the entire thing, a beat up O-Line, Running Back issues, and Larry Fitzgerald as really the only Offensive weapon.

    Sure the game plan would be a bit more run-heavy, but you can bet your bottom dollar that Whisenhunt would be getting the most out of the ridiculous talent he would have at his disposal currently in the Steel City.

  • daMACatacII

    Man, you hit the ground running. I agree with you. I love Dick, but he has blown several games before. What good is the number one defense if you can’t cover for crap? And Bruce, don’t get me started. I’ve been wanting him gone since 2008. I call his offense the RRPP scheme. run-run-pass-punt….and thank you for reminding me of that crap of running Rashard FOUR CUATRO QATTRE CUATTRO times in a row from the 1….how more predictable can you get? Bruce need to go big time. We have the best receivers in the world and we average 20 PPG?!!?!? what the fuck!

  • DomDiTolla

    @macsteelers Whisenhunt didn’t ruin Kolb, the dude is the second coming of Rob Johnson in terms of his sack taking and uninspired play. Kolb was overvalued to begin with, and his contract is indicative of teams’ overwhelming desire to find the next “franchise QB” more than his talent and play on the field.

    True, Ben is enjoying the best “statistical” seasons of his career with Arians, but that is only because he is allowed to chuck the ball up more than under Whisenhunt. Ben has thrown the ball over 500 time in two of the last three seasons, so it’s pretty safe to assume that’s why he’s enjoying “career” years. Granted, Ben might not have the “sexy” stats he has now if he had Whisenhunt as his O-Coordinator, but you can’t argue that the Steelers’ Offense would have been a hell of a lot more efficient than it is now.

    With a commitment to the run (taking the pressure off Ben), taking advantage of the WR’s and the matchup issues they cause, and passing to the TE’s in the Red Zone, Pittsburgh likely would have scored more points under Whisenhunt than they do now. Moreover, they would have had solid game-plans week after week regarding personnel matchups and parlaying the Steelers’ Offensive strengths into a successful scoring machine to compliment the Defense.

    Are there better O.C.’s than Whiz? Sure there are. But he is a Hell of a lot better than Bruce Arians. In fact, Arizona finished just behind Pittsburgh in points per game this season (19.5 to 20.3). And this was with Jon Skelton as the starting QB for almost the entire thing, a beat up O-Line, Running Back issues, and Larry Fitzgerald as really the only Offensive weapon.

    Sure the game plan would be a bit more run-heavy, but you can bet your bottom dollar that Whisenhunt would be getting the most out of the ridiculous talent he would have at his disposal currently in the Steel City.

  • macsteelers

    I agree when you compare Whiz and Arians – Arians doesnt measure up.

    Ten out of sixteen games were against top ten defenses this season and the Steelers finished 12th in yardage and 21st in points.

    Overall, the Steelers have performed somewhat well despite Arians but they lack rhythm and continuity. His biggest weakness is red zone scoring.

  • macsteelers

    I agree when you compare Whiz and Arians – Arians doesnt measure up.

    Ten out of sixteen games were against top ten defenses this season and the Steelers finished 12th in yardage and 21st in points.

    Overall, the Steelers have performed somewhat well despite Arians but they lack rhythm and continuity. His biggest weakness is red zone scoring.

  • RickHarmon

    Let me just say this, first off they went 12-4 because of the DEFENCE not the offence, and who cares about Ben’s stats if he’s not scoring TDs? Its meaningless. The one game I gave Bruce credit for was against the Pats, on the year red zone plays was damn right awful..did Heath even score this year? The mans open Everytime he runs a route..dose the Steelers staff ever watch film of high power offences and see what their doing? Ben has just as many weapons, but he’s handcuffed by pop-warner play calling ..20 ppg? I’ve seen next years schedule and that’s not going to cut it..glad we had a soft ass schedule or we wud have been 4-12.. as far as Lebeau is concerned I truely think his time is up along with that 3-4 scheme.. we don’t have the man power upfront, the linebackers in the middle or Man cover DBs like years past.he gambles with the safeties waaay too much,and refuses to make adjustments when need be..looks like wedding for more of the same in September

  • RickHarmon

    Let me just say this, first off they went 12-4 because of the DEFENCE not the offence, and who cares about Ben’s stats if he’s not scoring TDs? Its meaningless. The one game I gave Bruce credit for was against the Pats, on the year red zone plays was damn right awful..did Heath even score this year? The mans open Everytime he runs a route..dose the Steelers staff ever watch film of high power offences and see what their doing? Ben has just as many weapons, but he’s handcuffed by pop-warner play calling ..20 ppg? I’ve seen next years schedule and that’s not going to cut it..glad we had a soft ass schedule or we wud have been 4-12.. as far as Lebeau is concerned I truely think his time is up along with that 3-4 scheme.. we don’t have the man power upfront, the linebackers in the middle or Man cover DBs like years past.he gambles with the safeties waaay too much,and refuses to make adjustments when need be..looks like wedding for more of the same in September

  • edog55

    Dom, you were spot on about Arians. I agree with you totally 100%. He has turned the Steelers offense into a complete cluster crap. It’s time for him to go. I don’t know why Tomlin insist on hitching his wagon up to this broken down horse? One thing I do know is that the Steelers will never win another Super Bowl as long as Bruce Arians is the OC. I have been saying this for the past 3 years. Do you remember in training camp how they talked about how the offense was suppose to be so explosive with all the talent they had a wide receiver? Well it didn’t turn out like they bosted! My biggest problem with Arians is that he changed the philosophy of the Steelers organization from a power running scheme to a soft, pass happy, zone blocking scheme. He changed the blocking scheme from a power one on one blocking scheme to a soft zone blocking scheme. He changed what had been successful for decades. Second, he got rid of the Full Back blocking in the offense by getting rid of all the legit Full Backs. (See John Kuhn of the Green Bay Packers making the Pro Bowl). Please don’t let me go into all of BA’s BS like, red zone efficientcy, no clue on how to develop a running game, no use of the screen game to the RB’s, no use of the TE’s properly, no use of the quick passing game, and his total unimaginable game planning. Thats just a few of his deficiencies.

  • edog55

    As far as BA is concerned, don’t forget that Mr. Rooney express his wishes last year for the Steelers to concentrate more on being successful in the running game which BA totally disregared this year by going back to his old ways, throwing the ball all over the yard. That is grounds enough to not bring him back. I am also going to say that BA is not very popular in Steeler Nation. It pains me that the few supporters that he has cannot see how he has destroyed the very philosophy that made the Steeler organization so successful. From Noll to Cowher the mold had been in place. BA shows up and he and Ben starts chucking the ball all over the yard. As you can see, it hasn’t worked by the results of the 2011 season.

    My hope is that Tomlin will come to his senses and unhitch his wagon from BA and his wacky wagon.

  • edog55

    Dom, you were spot on about Arians. I agree with you totally 100%. He has turned the Steelers offense into a complete cluster crap. It’s time for him to go. I don’t know why Tomlin insist on hitching his wagon up to this broken down horse? One thing I do know is that the Steelers will never win another Super Bowl as long as Bruce Arians is the OC. I have been saying this for the past 3 years. Do you remember in training camp how they talked about how the offense was suppose to be so explosive with all the talent they had a wide receiver? Well it didn’t turn out like they bosted! My biggest problem with Arians is that he changed the philosophy of the Steelers organization from a power running scheme to a soft, pass happy, zone blocking scheme. He changed the blocking scheme from a power one on one blocking scheme to a soft zone blocking scheme. He changed what had been successful for decades. Second, he got rid of the Full Back blocking in the offense by getting rid of all the legit Full Backs. (See John Kuhn of the Green Bay Packers making the Pro Bowl). Please don’t let me go into all of BA’s BS like, red zone efficientcy, no clue on how to develop a running game, no use of the screen game to the RB’s, no use of the TE’s properly, no use of the quick passing game, and his total unimaginable game planning. Thats just a few of his deficiencies.

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  • edog55

    As far as BA is concerned, don’t forget that Mr. Rooney express his wishes last year for the Steelers to concentrate more on being successful in the running game which BA totally disregared this year by going back to his old ways, throwing the ball all over the yard. That is grounds enough to not bring him back. I am also going to say that BA is not very popular in Steeler Nation. It pains me that the few supporters that he has cannot see how he has destroyed the very philosophy that made the Steeler organization so successful. From Noll to Cowher the mold had been in place. BA shows up and he and Ben starts chucking the ball all over the yard. As you can see, it hasn’t worked by the results of the 2011 season.

    My hope is that Tomlin will come to his senses and unhitch his wagon from BA and his wacky wagon.

  • RickHarmon

    @ToddWilliams
    Guess I wasent the only one yelling at the TV..can’t understand why they let receivers off the line clean when u have 5 yards to put hands on them, disrupt the tim

  • RickHarmon

    @ToddWilliams
    Guess I wasent the only one yelling at the TV..can’t understand why they let receivers off the line clean when u have 5 yards to put hands on them, disrupt the tim

  • shawn179

    @DomDiTolla @dbuzard

  • shawn179

    @DomDiTolla @dbuzard