Steelers put forth a good effort in defeat. There should be no fire Tomlin or trade Ben talk today. The Steelers went into a primetime matchup against a division rival with playoff chances on the line. I thought both teams played well. We just didnt play well enough. Here are my random thoughts on the game.
Can Troy play OLB??? His risk taking is hurting us at safety right now. He may be small for a backer but, he is big for a saftey. Troy has lost a step of speed as a safety but would be blazing fast as a OLB. He seems to do better at the line of scrimmage than he does in coverage.
I think Leveon Bells best days are ahead of him. He is still a little hesitant. I think a full offseason in the Steelers weight room and a healthy training camp will make Bell a much better player next year. Hope the kids OK.
My first thought of Tomlin on the field during that return was when Cowher almost tackled a guy on a return in a Jaguars game years back. Anyone remember that? The media is going to have a field day with Tomlin this week. If the situation were reversed and Harbaugh was on the field we would all be enraged.
Sanders is actually a good WR. He runs great routes and is becoming very difficult to cover. He reminds me a bit of Nate Washington, or Dwight Stone. He is used on deep routes because of his speed and ability to gain separation. But for whatever reason he has difficulty catching those type of routes. He seems to me to catch balls over the middle much better. I actually hope they bring him back, if the price is right, just in a different role. I think he is more of a slot guy as opposed to outside. Sure his hands are questionable, but the coaches should recognize this and not put him in position to be the sole target in a game winning situation. Sanders is the last guy I would throw to in a do or die moment.
I am really glad the field goal debacle was a brain cramp and not a failed fake. If they would have faked it there I may have broken my TV. I would have went for it on both of the 4th downs inside the Ravens 40 in the first half. Keeping either one of those drives going may have won us the game.
Willie Gay got away with murder early in the game. Even he was laughing. Ike and Clark got murdered most of the game. Troy needs to just do his job and stop freelancing. Its killing the defense at this point.
Timmons and Worilds are playing at a high level right now and its great to see. I wish I could say the same for Jones and Williams who are not.