My Thoughts on LeBeau and Arians Returning in 2012

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Dick LeBeau

Is it finally time for Dick to quit? Image Courtesy of bleacherreport.com

Don’t get me wrong, Dick LeBeau is an innovator and one of the greatest Coordinators to ever coach in the N.F.L..  He has done an amazing job over the years of building this Steelers Defense, and had some wonderful successes.  However, success has not always been had throughout LeBeau’s tenure, especially in these past few seasons.  That is why I feel that Dick LeBeau’s performance as a Defensive Coordinator in recent years must come under at least some scrutiny.

Past 4th Quarter Meltdowns and Sub-Par Strategy:

I know I know, Dick LeBeau is the master of the Defense, he can never come under scrutiny.  Yet as it has been illustrated over the last few years: When the 4th Quarter starts, the Steelers’ Defense has the ability and has shown a knack to cave-in:

Take 2009 for example.  The Steelers’ Defense allowed FIVE 4th Quarter Meltdowns to happen in a season that saw them miss out on the Playoffs after a Super Bowl winning 2008 year.  The meltdowns on Defense can be attributed to shoddy play by the members of the Defense, but also blame needs to be placed to a lack of intelligent strategy and game-planning.  Oh I forgot to mention, it’s not like the Steelers were playing the ‘11 Saints either.

Three of those 4th Quarter meltdowns were against teams with losing records (Bears, Chiefs, Raiders).  Oh and it was Matt Cassel and Bruce Gradkowski that sliced and diced the LeBeau soft-zone crap.  Not John Elway!  These were teams ranked 21st and 32nd in passing TD’s for the season, and LeBeau’s wonderful strategy ensured 5 TD’s through the air in both of those games.  Not to mention, Gradkowski and Cassel shredded the Steelers’ Defense in the 4th Quarter like they were a Freddy Krueger victim.  Then you factor in the first loss to Cincinnati and the loss to Baltimore, and you have four losses (the other one to the Bears can be attributed to Arians’ play-calling, and Jeff Reed’s crappy kicking as well) that cost the Steelers a Playoff berth.

Heck, even in 2008, it’s not like Big Ben and the Offense didn’t have to come and save the day once and a while.  They made up for what could have been losses in Jacksonville, Baltimore (meeting #1), and then most importantly Super Bowl XLIII.  Had the Steelers blown that game, Dick LeBeau would have been almost fully responsible for his second Super Bowl loss in the state of Florida.  Dick’s Defense gave up 14 points in the 4th Quarter, and moved the ball almost at will.  Heck, had Whisenhunt not attempted to run his way through the 1st Half, Arizona could have hung at least 45 on the Steelers Defense that day.

In addition to the meltdowns, I would bring up LeBeau’s issues against the Patriots, Saints, Packers, etc. or any team that has loved to spread them out over the years, get them out of their base personnel, and feast on the dink and dunk routes that the Steelers give up due to a lack of press coverage, but that would cause me to start voiding my bowels.  The fact that it took LeBeau until this season to start pressing these WR’s  in these Offenses and rushing the QB’s up the middle is sad in a way.

Last Weekend’s Cherry On Top of the Crap-Laden Sundae:

There was so much wrong with Pittsburgh’s Defensive strategy this past weekend that I’m having trouble typing this without going into fits of rage.  However, here are some of the “greatest hits:”

Why the heck wouldn’t you at least bracket or commit another guy to Demaryius Thomas after the 2nd Quarter?  The dude is running free down the field and he’s Tebow’s #1 option!  Sure we can blame Ike Taylor all we want, but the fact Dick didn’t go to his tried and true strategy of soft-zone to close a game (which would have been a perfect time to use it) was moronic!

I distinctly told my friend after the coin toss: “Dude, Denver can’t go 80 yards and get a TD on a 15 play drive.  Tebow’s accuracy will cost him and they will get a FG at best if the Steelers just play smart and go zone.  Under no circumstances should they go man-on-man, because Denver will try to end it with one big play.”

Lo and behold, I finished those statements right as the ball was snapped.  Of course, Dick LeBeau wasn’t listening or the thought didn’t even cross his mind that Denver would have trouble going 80 yards and converting 3rd Downs while their running game was having an off-day.  All I can say is that a quick score was needed by Denver, the Broncos played to win, and you played not to lose yet again, Dick.  It was the most asinine strategy I’ve ever seen!  You left poor Ike hanging out to dry in 0-Coverage and it looked worse than the Fitzgerald from Warner play in Super Bowl XLIII.

Or how about allowing Tebow to roll to his Left the entire game as well?!  Every national media outlet and even if you watched a Half of any of Denver’s final three games illustrated a huge hole in Tebow’s game: Throwing to his Right.  The dude couldn’t do it, but he could do one thing well, throwing to his left.  Each of Denver’s previous three opponents didn’t allow it to happen, so you would figure that LeBeau would employ a similar strategy.  Wrong!  Tebow hit his WR’s to his left all day long!  No pressure supplied and barely any harassment whatsoever.

How about some Safety and CB Blitzes to confuse and harry Tebow?  Oh right, there were none!  Sure, play 10 in the box, but dear God would it kill you to use William Gay, Polamalu, or even Ike Taylor off the edge once or twice?  A Sack strip in a game like this would have been monumental!  But no!  Not for Dick LeBeau, let’s no use our best DB Blitzers and let them get eaten alive by a WR corps missing their #2 guy in Eric Decker.

Hell, and what was with Woodley (and also James Farrior since 2008) in pass coverage the amount of time he was?  The dude does one thing well (rush the passer), and you take it away from him to cover pass catchers not even looked at by Tebow?  Unacceptable!  You needed to bring some outside heat on Timmy with him and Deebo, but no….gotta have the 270 lb. guy in coverage all game long!

Tim Tebow, not Aaron Rodgers, not Tom Brady, not Peyton Manning, but Tim Tebow shredded your Defense and its steaming pile of manure-like strategy.  A guy that throws for under 50% in the regular season throws for over 300 yards eats you alive?  Ok, Dick, fine.  Just know that you won’t be getting a free pass from me.

2011: An Honest Look At Dick and the Defense’s “Success”:

This is a Defense that may be statistically imposing and to his credit has been during Dick’s tenure.  However, take a look at what Dick’s supposedly amazing Defenses have done against actual competition in the past few years and then come and talk to me.  2011 will provide us with a terrific example:

First off, let me say that it’s less than difficult to accumulate great Defensive stats when your team is feasting on Cleveland and Cincinnati four times each and every season.  Moreover, taking advantage of Tarvaris Jackson, Curtis Painter, Blaine Gabbert, Matt Hasselbeck, Tyler Palko, Kevin Kolb, Colt McCoy, Andy Dalton and Kellen Clemens is something that any Defensive Coordinator that is considered competent SHOULD be doing.

Sure, Dick had a nice game against the Patriots because he went to press coverage and actually checked New England’s WR’s at the l.o.s..  Friggin’ finally!  Only after 7 years of getting abused by Tom Brady does the guy learn to press the Patriots’ elite smurf WR’s!  It’s a miracle!

Yet having a lax pass rush and allowing a 92 yard drive to the Ravens and an immobile Joe Flacco in a must win game and not outfoxing Cam Cameron?  Pathetic.  Allowing 38 points on opening day to Baltimore?  Lazy.  Barely even planning for the zone-running-scheme against the Texans and allowing them a 10 minute TD drive out of the gate?  Jagoffery.  Not devising a scheme to even Sack Alex Smith and not even forcing a turnover?  Joke.  Then you tack on the Tebow thing?  Absolutely despicable.

Total and complete garbage, Image Courtesy of post-gazette.com

For those of you giving Dick a “free pass,” let me ask you one simple question: If it was any other Defensive Coordinator in charge after this last performance (Jim Haslett, Tim Lewis, etc.) in addition to the amounts of blown leads and bed-crapping performances over the last few years, would you defend them in the same way?  Yeah, that’s what I thought.

If this was the first and only time something like last Sunday happened, I would chalk it up to bad luck and a lack of judgement.  However, this type of lackadaisical strategy and play has happened too often to the Defense late in games in 2011 in addition to seasons past, and there has remained one constant through it all: Dick LeBeau. The double-standard must end now, and people at least should start questioning Dick’s future with the club 2012 and beyond.  The dude is not bullet-proof ladies and gents., and we should at least put his performance as a Coordinator into question.

Conclusion

If what took place in 2011 is considered “The Standard” now, and people are fine with it, then ok.  I’ll support this team through thick and thin and I always will.  I may not agree with what is done, but I’m on board 100%.  Yet as a fan and human being with critical thinking skills, I still have the right to question specific moves that are made by the franchise for better or worse.  It’s not a head-hunting attitude, all I feel like is that these coaches need to be held accountable for their performances during not only 2011, but the last half decade as well.

Does it mean that they don’t deserve to keep their jobs?  That was entirely up to the Front Office, but these guys along with everybody else on the roster and coaching staff needed to be disciplined thoroughly for that putrid display put on last Sunday.  I guess they didn’t get that proverbial “memo.”  All I can say now is that I hope this was the right move, and that I’ll always support the Steelers no matter what they do.

 

Let your angry comments and criticism begin

 

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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