Fans complaining about playcalling is about the most pointless thing a fan can complain about. Unless you (fan) watch game tape non-stop in preparation... how the eff can you know what is/was behind any decision-making? You don't know the tendencies, the formations, the Ravens and their season leading up to that game. You know who does? The coaches and players, who spent all week studying... that's who.
If Bell rips off a few decent gains on that first sequence of plays, what then? Would you morons be belly-aching about running the ball on the first three plays? Because that's basically what you are doing--being results-oriented and not taking into account a myriad of other factors.
Against Detroit they knew that the only way to win was by putting up a lot of points, and guess what they did. The mentality for us yesterday was to keep it close and win it at the end, unfortunately Baltimore was not playing that game so they came out aggressive, attacked and made the Steelers play on their heels the rest of the night. Which resulted in us not being able to stop them.
We don't have time to start the game off with some sort of "probing" and "methodical" strategy with a defense that plays like this. Part of being an offensive coordinator is not just playing with the toys on your side of the ball, but crafting a plan that best allows you to win. For instance, of the more frustrating tendencies of Arians was the 3 and outs in the third and fourth quarters of games in which the Steelers had the lead and needed to burn the clock while their defense rested.
I don't understand the suicidal hand-off up the gut on goal lines. We're at the 1/2 yard line. Why not a QB sneak on first down? We have an advantage knowing the snap count and only need to break the line of scrimmage with a QB of Ben's size? How hard is it to snap and shove yourself forward behind the center for 1.5 feet. All you need to do is break the plane. Instead we lost our starting RB a play later along with Velasco.
The run on third down at the end of the first drive looked to me like an audible by Ben. The Ravens had nobody in the middle of the field and he thought he could hit it.
Per Kovacevic, Steelers called only 5 plays out of the no-huddle in the 1st half ...
Or could the coordinator have worried that the quarterback would come running over to the sideline again if he didn't like hearing a different signal?
What's going on isn't good enough, and if you need more evidence, then listen to Roethlisberger when asked why the Steelers didn't produce much until going to the no-huddle in the fourth quarter.
“I don't know,” he said. “Maybe with the no-huddle, going up-tempo, working with coach Haley during timeouts … I thought we did well tonight, but we were a little too late.”
The Steelers called five plays out of the no-huddle in the first half.
After averaging 31 points in their previous four games, largely because of the no-huddle, they called five plays from it in the first half.
What did the quarterback think of that?
“At times, it's hard to do a lot of the things we want to do. But we did it late, and maybe we should have done it earlier. And maybe I should have voiced that a little more. I'll take that on myself, as well.”
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