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You won't often hear me complain about play-calling. It's so hard to know if a play would have or wouldn't have worked, so it's just not a can of worms I like to open a lot.
That being said, we saw a lot of wide receiver screens that were well defensed by the Titans and, for the most part, ineffective.
It's not a play a lot of teams run. I get the idea of being different. At the same time, though, if all you are going to get is two or three yards, why not just run the ball?
Also, given that our heavier backs were out of the game, why not try more runs around the edges with the two speed backs, Rainey and Batch? Or, maybe little dump passes to them in the flat. Or even screens to them instead of the wideouts.
Beyond that, though, is the curious choice to attempt a 54-yard field goal with a kicker whose career best was 52 yards.
On 4th-and-seven—and knowing the Titans would get the ball at their own 45 if Suisham missed—wouldn't it have been better to punt than to attempt the field goal? There were 43 seconds left in the game. Wouldn't you want to give the Titans as long a field as you can?
I know that raises the horrifying specter of overtime. (No Steelers fan likes overtime.) But that would have been preferable to losing on a short drive by the Titans, right?
I even wondered why you wouldn't just go for it. The only things that would have been worse than the missed kick were a turnover or a sack for more than seven yards.
Sometimes I get the impression that Coach Tomlin and his staff are over-thinking things. It's football.
Sometimes you just have to line up and smack the other guys in the mouth.