Sep 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin reacts on the sidelines against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Garbage Effort + Same Old Mistakes = Week 1 Loss For Steelers


 

I honestly feel sorry for those of you who had to witness what took place at Heinz Field earlier this afternoon.  What makes me feel even worse for you fans who saw this in person was the fact that you probably paid a substantial amount of money to see your favorite team play well, not sluggishly and terribly.

Unfortunately for you and everybody else who watched Pittsburgh’s 16-9 loss to Tennessee, we were treated to one of the team’s most pathetic regular season performances in recent memory.  Heck, the concession stands should have passed out tomatoes and rotten vegetables for you people to throw when the team made their way off of the field after the game ended.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article on how the team’s inability to correct some significant deficiencies during preseason play would haunt them during the regular season, and some of those same problems reared their ugly heads in today’s game:

 

  • The Steelers’ inability to run the ball with any consistency and protect their quarterback to boot killed any offensive momentum they might have had.  It also did not help that they lost their best offensive lineman, Maurkice Pouncey, to a torn ACL at the beginning of the first quarter to boot.  Overall, the Steelers gained only 32 rushing yards on 15 carries, and Isaac Redman’s two fumbles deserve to send him straight to the unemployment line.  Then when one factors in the five sacks they allowed, it all comes out to be a recipe for disaster.

 

  • While the defense held their own today, they still gave the Titans a touchdown within one minute remaining in the first half which proved to be the difference in the game.  Tennessee executed a drive which took almost seven minutes off of the clock and lasted 12 plays before the second quarter ended, and the Steelers’ defense looked hapless against the Titans’ offensive line and trying to tackle the Titans’ running backs.  I wish I had kept count of the number of missed tackles I saw, but let me just say that there were entirely too many.

 

  • The “icing” on the “crap-laden sundae” for the Steelers’ defense was the fact that their pass-rush was nowhere to be found.  Jake Locker was only sacked once on the afternoon, and he looked like he had all day to throw when Tennessee went to the air.

 

  • But what Steelers game would be complete with some absolutely garbage play on special teams, am I right?  From two penalties which drove the team back in their own territory, to Markus Wheaton’s idiotic decision to bring out a kick return, to Darius Reynaud’s long punt return in the fourth quarter which gave the Titans an extra three points, Pittsburgh’s special teams units were in their usual lowly form.

 

As I alluded to before, I mentioned how these types of mistakes would cost this team if they were not corrected during the preseason.  I will add that Pittsburgh’s issues today were only exacerbated by their apparent lack of preparedness today while they “played down” to another supposedly inferior opponent.

Things will not get any easier for the Steelers as they will travel on the road to Cincinnati for a prime-time game next Monday night.  If their current issues continue to plague them though, the final score of that game will be far uglier than just 16-9.

 

 

 

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  • scott sinclair

    Dom,
    I’m horrified by what passed for Steelers football today. I honestly feel they are done. But you know we’re going to be bombarded with people calling us idiots, etc. This team needs an overhaul. Haley should be out of work by season’s end (and I’m not so sure Haley will make it that long) and honestly why should Tomlin be given a pass if they fail to improve over 8-8?. They can’t run and right now no defense has any reason to play them honest. Jarvis Jones looks to be the real deal though and with Ben no game is ever out of reach (well…). But if he’s being sacked 5-6 times a game, they are in big trouble.

    • Bob Morse

      I too believe it is time to remove Tomlin.Im Tired of hearing “The Standard is the Standard” …Is losing the standard? Apparently

      • Dom DiTolla

        Don’t worry, Tomlin will have them “unleash Hell” after this loss like he did in 2009. Oh wait, that didn’t work out very well. Lol.

        But in all seriousness, I hope that the coaching staff can find ways to better prepare their players, especially against teams like Tennessee. I’ll have plenty of whiskey at my disposal when they face teams like New England, Cincinnati, Green Bay, and Baltimore this year if this is the type of football they continue to put on display.

    • Dom DiTolla

      While I’m not declaring this team “done,” what occurred today was nothing short of a joke. Worst of all, it’s the same recidivist garbage they haven’t fixed for the last few seasons. I would hate to say it can’t “get any worse.” Yet with Cincy and Chicago coming up, things could go down quickly if their offense cannot run the ball, protect Big Ben, or flip field position, and their defense is unable to stop the run, cannot supply adequate pressure, or cannot force turnovers. And don’t get me started on the special teams, including the penalties.

      As much as I want to give them a “mulligan” for today’s game, what we witnessed this afternoon and for the last couple of seasons could be the “new normal” in Pittsburgh unless changes are made or the team can rally.

  • lenbiz68

    Tomlin inherited a Super Bowl team ad quickly turned it into a laughing stock! He is one of the WORST coaches. He NEVER makes adjustments at halftime. He would rather be friends with the players. The worst thing to happen with the Steelers was pissing off Cowher. I like Big Ben, but he was the reason Cowher left! We haven’t had an offensive line in years…but we never draft them. We keep letting good receivers leave…all these things, added to a pathetic coach, spells disaster!

    • scott sinclair

      couldn’t agree more. No coach does less in game adjustments than Tomlin. I don’ know if Cowher left because he was pissed off,more like he was burnt out and had nothing left to prove

    • BossSteelerChick

      Where did you get that crazy idea? Cowher left because his wife had cancer. It had nothing to do with Ben.

  • Ray Morris

    When was the last game the team came out looking sharp? I am starting to wonder if Tomlin has a clue when it comes to talent, The running backs used today are sandlot quality, where was the deep passing game?. They didn’t try after the very first pass of the game

    • Dom DiTolla

      It wouldn’t shock me if they gave Dwyer a call to replace Redman. I hope that jagoff never touches the ball again after today.

  • Harvey Williams

    What a bunch of clowns. !!!!

  • BossSteelerChick

    Thank you. I sat through that embarrassing loss in the scorching heat and humidity. It was brutal. This was the worst performance by our Steelers in years. Seems they picked up where they left last season, carried it into preseason, then picked up today where they left off in preseason. A very sad showing. I just don’t know who to blame.

    • Dom DiTolla

      Well I appreciate the kind words. As disgusted as I was watching the game, I still felt better knowing that there were people who paid good money to watch that atrocious garbage this afternoon.