If you could describe the Steelers season what term would you pick?
Here's mine..... Jekyll And Hyde
They lay an egg against SanDiego let alone in OUR house, then against all odds trap the Rats.
The difference between a 7-9 team and a 12-4 team is miniscule in the NFL. Obviously, a team that is 12-4 is "better" than a 7-9 team based on record and performance. My guess is that the 7-9 team was unable to make a handful or two of plays in a crucial moment of 3 or 4 games that cost them the season. The 12-4 team made those plays or didn't allow the other team to make them. Are the Ravens better? Not really, they played better in crucial moments. Are the Steelers better? Not really, they played poorly in crucial moments of crucial games.
Did one team have more injuries? Probably not, but the Ravens didn't have to play a game without Joe Flacco and the Steelers played three without Ben. The Steelers played 9 games without Troy and Ed Reed played the entire year.
The Ravens aren't better, they played better at the right time and that's a credit to them and a discredit to the Steelers inability to do the same.
I was responding to the contention that their coach is their edge.
We played basically even with them not once but TWICE. With backup QBs. That is no one game fluke.
They have better talent than we have when we have a HEALTHY QB, we have no business playing them even twice with ancient backup.
You yourself mentioned how we have Flacco "figured out". That is in a sense attributing the victory directly to coaching. It sure aint talent.
Harbaugh did a great job, but if we swapped coaches, does anyone think we are in the SB due to Harbaugh, while the Ravens don't make the playoffs due to Tomlin?
Never said Flacco was a better QB overall than Ben, because his is not.
I think the difference between the steelers and the ravens this past season was Leadership, Purpose and Resolve. Say what you want about Ray Lewis but he is the "straw that stirs the drink" for the ravens. Never has that been more evident than how that team has risen up to carry Ray out as a champion. The ravens played all season with hunger and deternination. We didn't! Our team played most of the season with no passion, pride or purpose. I also point to the raven victory as the best moment in our season when we did display some passion, pride and purpose.