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hawaiiansteel
01-13-2012, 12:53 AM
Belichick won't make mistake Steelers did vs. Tebow

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 11, 2012

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The legend of Tim Tebow grows, only fueled by the happenings on Sunday in the Mile High City. But in his private moments this week, Patriots coach Bill Belichick is likely scoffing at what the Pittsburgh Steelers did to themselves, too.

It seems impossible to think Belichick will make the same mistake.

The NFL being the NFL, there is still the chance the Broncos will stun the Patriots and the football world on Saturday night by upsetting the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. But it is not likely. If the Broncos do somehow manage to pull off the seemingly impossible - the Patriots are overwhelming favorites - they will likely have to do it in far different fashion than the manner in which they beat the Steelers, at least on the offensive side of the ball.

Belichick, after all, is not likely to leave a makeshift New England secondary in 1-on-1 coverage the way the Steelers did, even if he refuses to say so.

"You know, each team plays their own defensive scheme against them, whether it’s Buffalo or Kansas City or Pittsburgh or whoever it is," Belichick told reporters yesterday when asked if Pittsburgh's defensive approach against the Broncos was at all revealing. "We have our scheme. We’ll take some things from each game that we’ve seen and try to apply it to what we do. We’re not them, they’re not us, we have different players - same thing with Kansas City, Buffalo and all that. There’s certainly a lot to be learned but at the same time, we have our own matchups and we’re different from everybody else."

Translation: We're not going to play it the way the Steelers did, but we wouldn't have done that anyway ... Oh, and the Steelers were dumb.

Check that.

The Steelers were downright astonishingly and historically stupid.

Professional football is obviously a detailed, complex game, but even in the most simplistic terms, what the Steelers did against the Broncos Sunday made no sense and reeked of arrogance. Against an inaccurate and inconsistent quarterback who sometimes looks as if he's playing pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, the Steelers left themselves vulnerable to the big play. Rather than make Tebow surgically maneuver his way down the field - something he has not proven he can do - the Steelers allowed Tebow to play a risk-reward game that Tebow exploited to the max.

Think about it: Tebow completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes - 47.6 percent, to be precise - but still threw for 316 yards while averaging 31.6 yards per completion. In basketball parlance, the Steelers packed the paint against someone whose only chance was to hit 3-pointers, which Tebow did.

Dumb.

Dumb, dumb, dumb.

As we all know, statistics can be deceiving and are easily manipulated in any argument, but they're worth discussing here. For example, on all throws that traveled more than 40 yards in the air this season, the overall completion percentage in the NFL was 23.3 percent. On 257 attempts - an average of just eight per team, or one every two games - quarterbacks threw 23 touchdowns and 25 interceptions for an overall rating of 69.4. The bottom line is that the deep ball is generally an absurdly low-percentage and inefficient throw, even for someone like Tom Brady, who was 1 for 8 on such attempts.

The only team that was better than 50 percent on long throws during the regular season? The Cleveland Browns, who went 1 for 1.

Before Sunday, during his time as a starter, Tebow was 0 for 5 on throws of more than 40 yards. Most everybody(end) has a poor percentage on the long throws, which is why they are rarely attempted. Nonetheless, Tebow went 1 for 1 on such attempts Sunday, completing a 51-yard strike to Demaryius Thomas early in the second quarter (with the Steelers holding a 6-0 edge) because the Steelers left Ike Taylor isolated against Thomas on the left sideline.

Even then, Denver still had the ball on only the Pittsburgh 31-yard line. The Steelers could have stiffened and held the Broncos to a field goal. Instead, the Steelers went right back to the same defense, allowing a 30-yard strike from Tebow to Eddie Royal (in man coverage) two plays later, giving Denver a 7-6 lead.

After that, the Steelers kept making the same mistake over and over again, particularly on the intermediate routes where only the great quarterbacks make their money. In the process, they turned Tebow from a mediocre quarterback (at best) to a world-beater.

For what it's worth, here are Tebow's passer ratings on throws of different lengths both for his time as a starter and Sunday's win over the Steelers:

Season Sunday

1-10 yards 68.7 28.6
11-20 yards 74.5 129.5
21-30 yards 84.1 156.3
31-40 yards 78.9 39.6

Staggering, right? On throws from 11-30 yards against the Steelers on Sunday, Tebow performed (at least statistically) like Peyton Manning. So was that because Tebow learned to read defenses and developed uncanny accuracy between Week 17 and the playoffs? Or was it because the Steelers played illogically aggressive defense that left their corners on an island (especially Taylor) and allowed Denver receivers to run wild after the catch?

Go back and look at Tebow's 80-yard, game-winning throw to Thomas in overtime. The line of scrimmage is the Denver 20-yard line. Thomas catches the ball at about the 38- or 39-yard line. By leaving Taylor in 1-on-1 coverage - with no help in the middle of the field - all Tebow had to do was complete an 18- or 19-yard pass (against man coverage) to get an 80-yard touchdown. Had the Steelers just played zone, they likely would have given up an incompletion - or maybe a 5-yard run.

During the regular season, after all, Tebow's overall completion percentage of 46.5 ranked 34th among 34 qualifying NFL quarterbacks. Nice move, Mike Tomlin. You too, D!ck LeBeau. Instead of letting Tebow fire the ball into the ground (or at your defenders) by playing a more crowded zone - particularly in an age when man-to-man defense is becoming virtually impossible - you opted to reward him with big gains for easier throws.

Knuckleheads.

Say this for Belichick: seemingly settled on playing a more aggressive, attacking defense this season that was intent on getting after the quarterback and relying on the coverage skills of Devin McCourty, he scrapped the plan early. Belichick decided right then and there that his defensive backs couldn't cover. The Patriots may not win a championship this year because their defense remains suspect against above-average quarterback play, but they also weren't going to win 13 games during the regular season with McCourty repeatedly getting beaten over the top.

So Belichick went to Plan B, in which he asked the Patriots to sit back against a succession of second-rate quarterbacks from Tyler Palko, Vince Young and Dan Orlovsky to Rex Grossman, Matt Moore and, yes, Tebow.

Which is why Belichick will do the same thing Saturday night, sacrificing the run and challenging Tebow to keep up with Brady by staying on the ground.

Even with a hobbled Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, that is something the Steelers should have been able to figure out.

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steelz09
01-13-2012, 12:55 AM
It was dumb. No safety help over the top after he beat you a few times... really?

Nice adjustments. :HeadBanger

Shoe
01-13-2012, 01:02 AM
I'm in agreement that we BLEW this game on-the-field and schematically. However, this article basically ignores the fact that we lost our top two run-down Defensive Linemen during that game. Only the coaches and players know how that affected our plan during the game.

Maybe our plan was to stack the box early, then play coverage later on, in an effort to confuse Tebow. The fact that Hampton & Keisel were lost had to have an effect on our scheme from that point forward. If we did play coverage (with those backups), and Tebow & Co. were able to run the ball down our throats... then what?

I'm gonna guess that LeBeau and his 50+ years of experience saw that we'd have problems stopping the run with our front 7, and that we needed to bring an 8th man up or risk getting run over all night long.

tiproast
01-13-2012, 01:07 AM
I'm in agreement that we BLEW this game on-the-field and schematically. However, this article basically ignores the fact that we lost our top two run-down Defensive Linemen during that game. Only the coaches and players know how that affected our plan during the game.

Maybe our plan was to stack the box early, then play coverage later on, in an effort to confuse Tebow. The fact that Hampton & Keisel were lost had to have an effect on our scheme from that point forward. If we did play coverage (with those backups), and Tebow & Co. were able to run the ball down our throats... then what?

I'm gonna guess that LeBeau and his 50+ years of experience saw that we'd have problems stopping the run with our front 7, and that we needed to bring an 8th man up or risk getting run over all night long.
Excellent point, Shoe. I suspect that if the Pats lose Wilfork and another D lineman, say Kevin Love, early in the game then their defensive game plan will go out the window, too.

skyhawk
01-13-2012, 01:20 AM
Let's also not forget Tebow was on the MONEY on his deep passes. Hard to stop.

rockonsteel
01-13-2012, 01:23 AM
A lot great points in that article. And he didn't even get into the fact that the Pats will SCORE TDs against the Broncos, and I'm betting more than one or two.


Rockon

rockonsteel
01-13-2012, 01:28 AM
I'm in agreement that we BLEW this game on-the-field and schematically. However, this article basically ignores the fact that we lost our top two run-down Defensive Linemen during that game. Only the coaches and players know how that affected our plan during the game.

Maybe our plan was to stack the box early, then play coverage later on, in an effort to confuse Tebow. The fact that Hampton & Keisel were lost had to have an effect on our scheme from that point forward. If we did play coverage (with those backups), and Tebow & Co. were able to run the ball down our throats... then what?

I'm gonna guess that LeBeau and his 50+ years of experience saw that we'd have problems stopping the run with our front 7, and that we needed to bring an 8th man up or risk getting run over all night long.


The Broncos ran for 260+ yds. against the Chiefs in week 17. They had 3 pts. to show for it. The Steelers did not have to sell out against the run like they did. Especially once they saw it was getting torched. I wish people would stop making excuses for the coaching staff. They fukkdup. Dick LeBeau and Mike Tomlin employed a failed strategy and got burned for it. The Broncos were not going to beat the Steelers running the ball.

Rockon

rockonsteel
01-13-2012, 01:30 AM
Let's also not forget Tebow was on the MONEY on his deep passes. Hard to stop.

Especially with no pressure on the QB and no safety help.

Rockon

Dresden
01-13-2012, 01:32 AM
Who cares what Bellichick thinks and or the Patriots Gameplan will be,....it does not benefit us in any form or fashion.

At this point,..i'am actually more interested in seeing the Broncos as led by this Tebow Kid pulling off a miracle and running the table than i am in seeing the Pats, Rats, or even the Pack hoist the Lombardi this season.

Nothing personal against the Packers,..they're one of the "Great" franchise like our own. But that arse whooping they put on us last year is still to "new" lol

BURGH86STEEL
01-13-2012, 06:32 AM
Many fans wanted the Steelers defense to force Tim Tebow to beat them and he did. Broncos will have a chance if Tebow manages to play well vs the Pats.

Discipline of Steel
01-13-2012, 06:56 AM
I'm gonna guess that LeBeau and his 50+ years of experience saw that we'd have problems stopping the run with our front 7, and that we needed to bring an 8th man up or risk getting run over all night long.

Correction, we had 9 in the box on the final play. There were no safeties back and the WR only had to outrun Ike to break free when even one safety would have slowed him down. This was the story on all the big plays. I love Saint LeBeau and never question his experience but the defensive gameplan against the Donkos was dumbfounding. With that said, im not going to call for his immediate retirement.

My biggest off-season goal would be to put together an OL and running game that can eat clock and score TDs in the red=zone.

Shawn
01-13-2012, 09:19 AM
Many fans wanted the Steelers defense to force Tim Tebow to beat them and he did. Broncos will have a chance if Tebow manages to play well vs the Pats.

$$$

Hindsight is 20/20. The scheme made sense. Make an inaccurate rookie QB beat you with his arm. The problem? He did. Now everyone is up in arms because it blew up in the Steelers face.

Slapstick
01-13-2012, 09:40 AM
If Sunday told us anything, whatever happened in the regular season does not matter in the post-season.

The fact that the Broncos ran for 260 yards against the Chefs but only scored 3 points does not matter.

You are what the record says you are and right now the Broncos are 1-0 heading to face the 0-0 Patriots. Tebow just multiplied his confidence by a factor of 100 heading into this game and the Broncos will feed off of that. If the Pats want to drop safeties back to help their corners, the Broncos will run the ball. If Devin McCourty has a brainfart day like Ike did, it will not be easy for the Pats.

feltdizz
01-13-2012, 09:43 AM
This morning on sports radio in Charlotte when talking about the Steelers loss:

"Steeler fans knew the Bronco's had a good chance to beat them because the CB's have a history of doing dumb things to keep bad teams in the game."

BradshawsHairdresser
01-13-2012, 10:06 AM
Of course Belichick won't make the same mistakes defending Tebow; he doesn't have a DC who has Alzheimer's.

pittpete
01-13-2012, 11:18 AM
TRACKING TEBOW

Tomlin said that if he had to do it again, he wouldn't have defended Denver quarterback Tim Tebow any differently.

"Probably, the responsibilities associated with defending their run gaps kind of dictated at times how you attack them," Tomlin said. "Obviously they made some nice plays on us, and in hindsight you would analyze with a fine-tooth comb some of the things you did, but I think your options are limited in terms of how you attack them because of run-gap responsibilities."

Tebow completed only 10 passes but threw for 316 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He connected on five completions of 30 yards or longer. Coming into the game, the Steelers gave up seven this season.

NC Steeler Fan
01-13-2012, 11:53 AM
You know, I realize I may get criticized for this simplistic approach,
but whatever happened to "next man up" even when we NEED to
make adjustments during the game?

Even with our D line injuries, if it ain't working, it ain't working; and we
HAVE to adjust the coverage with who we have out there.

I'm glad to see this article...I think we stunk up the field in that game on
both sides of the ball.

And, I believe the players know we didn't adjust like we needed to either.
How many of our defensive guys admitted we left Ike out there alone?
You think that was their choice or because they were told to stay the course?

That's what freakin' half time is for...review and adjust.

Sign me...Still Disgusted.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
01-13-2012, 03:40 PM
You know, I realize I may get criticized for this simplistic approach,
but whatever happened to "next man up" even when we NEED to
make adjustments during the game?

Even with our D line injuries, if it ain't working, it ain't working; and we
HAVE to adjust the coverage with who we have out there.

I'm glad to see this article...I think we stunk up the field in that game on
both sides of the ball.

And, I believe the players know we didn't adjust like we needed to either.
How many of our defensive guys admitted we left Ike out there alone?
You think that was their choice or because they were told to stay the course?

That's what freakin' half time is for...review and adjust.

Sign me...Still Disgusted.

Next man up doesn't necessarily work when you are asking three fat guys - 2 of whom are rookies who do not start - to play the entire game without a backup.