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steeler_fan_in_t.o.
09-29-2009, 09:33 AM
Quite simply, last year the Steelers won most of those games that were up for grabs in the fourth. This year they are 1-2 in those games so far.

We were not some great unstoppable force last year. We were a team that went toe-to-toe and slugged it out for the full 60.

Here are our results in those games that were within 7 where both teams had the chance in the fourth:

Week 2: Cleveland W 10-6
Week 3: Eagles L 15-6 we were being killed all game but still within 4 entering the fourth
Week 4: Ravens W 23-20 in OT
Week 5: Jags W 26-21 we went up for good in the fourth
Week 7: Bengals W 38-10 this one only sort of counts, but it was a seven point game going into the fourth where we scored 21
Week 8: Giants L 21-14 up 5 going into the fourth but Harrison long snapping....you know the rest.
Week 10: Indy L 24-20 up 20-17 in the fourth
Week 11: SD W 11-10 we dominated them but still, a one point game
Week 14: Dallas W 20-13 down 13-3 going into the fourth
Week 15: Ravens W 13-9 we all remember the last minute TD by Santonio to win that one
Week 16: Titans L 31-14 sure we lost by 17, but we were only down three heading into the fourth

So, last year we were 7-4 in games that could have gone either way heading into the fourth - which obviously means that we had a shot in each of our losses. That means that almost 70% of our games last year were dogfights! The good news is that we are giving ourselves a chance every game, the bad news is that we have not been taking advantages of those opportunities so far this season. It can be turned around, and it is too early to call this a state of emergency, but it is definitely a state of urgency.

JTP53609
09-29-2009, 10:11 AM
in those close games last year, we were trailing early and came back to win, we are now winning early and losing it late, i cant believe it, that is not steeler football

Oviedo
09-29-2009, 10:27 AM
Last year we had a pass rush that forced QBs into mistakes. Thus far this year we do not. That is reason #1 our opponents have not feared dropping back to pass and having all day to do it.

SteelBucks
09-29-2009, 10:32 AM
Last year we had a pass rush that forced QBs into mistakes. Thus far this year we do not. That is reason #1 our opponents have not feared dropping back to pass and having all day to do it.

Bingo. A good pass rush forces turnovers. So far, we have one interception.....and that was by Polamalu before he got hurt.

JTP53609
09-29-2009, 11:06 AM
Last year we had a pass rush that forced QBs into mistakes. Thus far this year we do not. That is reason #1 our opponents have not feared dropping back to pass and having all day to do it.

Bingo. A good pass rush forces turnovers. So far, we have one interception.....and that was by Polamalu before he got hurt.

I have been saying it all year (how short it is) that we have had limited pressure on the QB, i dont get it, when we do put pressure on qb than we force quick dumb passes, which lead to INTERCEPTIONS...

steelblood
09-29-2009, 12:05 PM
Good point TO,

Still, I dont think we are that different from last year.

Week 1 - Last year - We played well and beat a struggling team that didn't play well in the first part of the season. This year - we beat a good team by 3. Difference - none really.

Week 2 - Last year - We scraped and clawed to slip by a bad Cleveland team. This year, we were up and down and lost to an average Chicago team on the road after missing two makeable FGs. Difference - none.

Week 3 - Last year - We were dominated by a good Philly D. Our D kept us in the game. This year - we moved the ball at will and played good defense for 3 quarters and then laid an egg. A dropped TD late in the 3rd Q really killed us. Difference - This team doesn't look as good defensively (without Troy) and looks better offensively. We simply didn't finish, but we were the dominant team. Difference - This is tough to determine, but they were both disappointing loses that exposed weaknesses on our team.

RuthlessBurgher
09-29-2009, 06:54 PM
The loss of Troy is not simply the downgrade in athleticism from Polamalu to Carter. That is part of it, but I think the biggest impact from Troy's loss is the way that LeBeau has been calling the defense. With Troy in there, LeBeau knew that offensive coordinators had to account for 43 on every play, and he trusted his ability to use his closing speed to make plays all over the field. This allowed LeBeau to call all kinds of exotic blitzes, because he knew that he has Troy and Clark back there in case something broke down.

Now, since LeBeau has Carter and Clark back there, he does not seem to trust them as much, and is therefore running more conventional defenses. Instead of attacking, generating pressure, and forcing turnovers, he is prescribing to the old "bend but don't break" philosophy, which works for a while (Cincy did basically nothing in the first half), but eventually breaks down over the course of a game (the two drives in the 4th quarter). Instead of coming at the QB with exotic stunts and overloading certain parts of the opposing o-line with pressure, he has Harrison and Woodley doing straightforward, predictable up-the-field rushing (when they are not dropping back into coverage).

stlrz d
09-29-2009, 08:24 PM
I was just talking to a buddy about this and here's what I see:

This season we are up early and the O and D seem to ease off.

Last season we trailed quite a bit so the O and D were forced to be aggressive...and it worked.

Go back to being aggressive coaches...even if we are ahead.

Please?