I've noticed over the years, that when this team gets down to the Patriots in the 4th quarter they fold. When Ben got picked off and the guy ran the ball back to our thirty, I looked at my wife and said "they score a touchdown in three plays or less" sure enough. Guy goes up the middle, has four people hanging on him and they couldn't get him down. There was a game a few years back against the Patriots that the same thing happened. I was shell shocked watching them give up at the end. At 41-34 I thought "hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.........." that lasted one play.
If we had talent in the front 7, we wouldn't have to commit Troy to the box, we'd make tackles, we'd get pressure, and we'd get turnovers.
You could make the same argument for Haley. He's had Pouncey/Velasco, DD, Adams, Gilbert, and Miller blocking for Ben. Out of the 6 OLinemen/TE, 3 are first rounders, 2 are second rounders. And he's got a top pick in the back field to carry the ball.
We have loads of should be talented players on both sides of the ball and no one is performing.
The good is that a lot of people finally see that Tomlin isn't a good coach, Lebeau's time has passed and our high dollar vets need to go.
I am not sure 09. I think the high dollar vets need to take a pay cut and play better. Who will replace the over priced vets? Who replaces Ike and Troy? The replacements for Harrison and big snack are not playing any better then old vets at this point. There are young guys and guys drafted high not playing to there draft position on both sides of the ball. Is Ben really losing it or pressing to much? To many turn overs for him. This team is a mess as a team. I only hope the young players can step it up very soon and have a very good draft.
Chicken or egg guys. Much of the D we are currently giving up 55 points with are the guys who took us to a SB. How much of this is other teams just know how to break LeBeau's system in half now? He had a very good run...many years of domination. But, he is trying to beat 2000 teams with a 1990's D.