The Steelers are back at the South Side facilities going back to the drawing board, well as much as you can go back to the drawing board at this point of the season, to try to put together some winning football. Letting Buffalo come into Heinz Field and push them around might just be hitting rock bottom. That or finishing behind Cleveland for the first time since 1989. Here’s what’s being said about your Pittsburgh Steelers around the block.
Every Thursday each Steelers Coordinator addresses the media following practice. This week Dick LeBeau addressed the Steelers defensive issues after the team gave up a historic number of yards and points to New England last week. The Steelers, from Tomlin on down, have fiercely defended LeBeau against the criticism this week. LeBeau was asked about how he feels about the questions his coaches and players are being asked in regards to their confidence in him.
“I’d rather not be in the situation where that type of question comes up. We’re all in this together. We play bad and we all have a bad game. I certainly take my full ownership to that. We’re not going to duck our head; we’re not going to tuck our tail. This is a league of competitors, we’re going out to compete, that’s what we’re going to do.” – Dick LeBeau
On the offensive side of the ball, Todd Haley had to address the Steelers’ slow starts. Seems like before you’ve finished your first beer the Steelers are down by a touchdown or two in their games and have to play catch-up the rest of the way. What is the major problem though, the slow starts or the bad finishes?
“We’ve got to just keep trying to dig and figure out what gives us the best chance to get out of the gates a little better. That being said, it’s who scores the most points at the end. It doesn’t matter whether those points come in the beginning, middle or end.” – Todd Haley
Steelers aimed to stop the run
The Steelers defense has been epically bad at stopping the run this season, something they’re not used to being so sucky at and something fans aren’t used to seeing them suck at. It’s not a comfortable spot for anyone all around. The only team in the NFL suckier at stopping the run right now is the Jacksonville Jaguars. They suck at many more things as well but it’s not great to be in the same conversation as them. Teresa Varley spoke with Steelers NT Steve McLendon about how the Steelers defense plans to turn their run-stopping woes around against the Buffalo Bills, at team that is in the top 5 in the NFL at running the ball.
“This week is redemption week. Let’s get that bad taste out of our mouth with that loss, letting a team run the ball on us. We are going to go out there and get the job done. At the end of the day we have to stop the run and get to the quarterback. That is what teams want to do, run first and then throw the ball. No matter who the quarterback is we have to stop the run period.” – Steve McLendon
I have an idea. Someone get McLendon to Wendy’s and get him as many Triple Stacks as it takes for him to start blocking like Casey Hampton did back in the day.
Possible Steelers home-game promotions
Gene Collier of the PPG offered up some tongue-in-cheek ideas for promotional events the Steelers can hold to keep the attendance up at Heinz Field for the remainder of the home schedule. With the Steelers record in decline, along with the temperatures, it’s pretty reasonable to see some empty seats in the near future for the Steelers games. Fair weather fans and all. He came up with some comical ideas to get some fans to the stadium regardless of what the team’s record could be. Here are my favorites:
- Injured Reserve Picnic Day = arrive at the game early and enjoy a box lunch and short Q&A with Plaxico Burress, Larry Foote, Levi Brown, Maurkice Pouncey, LaRod Stephens-Howling, and Sean Spence.
- Fans Punt the Football Day = Kind of the same idea as getting to run the bases after the Pirates games but in this case fans can line up to take a punt during the game. Collier suggests that if you see Drew Butler, Mat McBriar, Brian Moorman, Zoltan Mesko, or Jeremy Kapinos you can cut them in line.
- Big Mac Magic Sack Attack Night = For the fourth sack of the opposing quarterback fans can bring their ticket stubs to their local McDonald’s and pick up a free Big Mac. Not good in the event of four or more sacks of Ben Roethlisberger