The Titans have been one of the worst teams in the NFL so far this season, and yet the Steelers still managed to struggle in every aspect of the game.
I put a ton of blame for the state of the Steelers on Mike Tomlin, Todd Haley, Dick LeBeau and every other coach employed in Pittsburgh.
Todd Haley’s play-calling has been shoddy at best the whole season and he ran the ball a total of 21 times against the Titans.
The offense was as predictable as it gets, and again Haley looked content to sit back and hope Ben Roethlisberger made something happen on 3rd-and-long.
The Steelers were hit hard in the game by injuries and I can understand if that affected anyone’s game plan to be changed on the fly. However, it looked like Haley decided before the game that they were not going to run the ball.
Haley seems to fall in love with a pattern every game and, this game, it was run up the middle for one yard, quick screen for two yards and pray Ben converted a 3rd-and-7.
Even with all the injuries on the offensive line, Roethlisberger was not under much pressure the entire game, and although it gains yards, the offense just seems like something is weighing it down.
The defense, although missing LaMarr Woodley and Troy Polamalu, really should not be this bad, and Dick LeBeau continues to be out-coached in late-game situations.
Every time the Steelers either have a lead or are tied late in the game, you can bet the defense will give up the field goal or touchdown.
The Titans' offense had been in the red zone only 10 times the entire year, but the Steelers allowed four trips in this game.
I know that one of those trips was because of the blocked punt, but at times the Titans' offense looked like it could do whatever it wanted.
Side Note: Hey Ryan Mundy, you’re not on the field to get burned on defense so you can’t even block on the punt team?
Is anyone else also tired of watching Ike Taylor get all hyped and push the receiver after he gets burned on a play?
Every time Ike gets beat he holds and then becomes mad and gets into the face of the receiver who just burned him, which more times than not earns him a penalty.
Ike had a terrible game against the Titans, and I don’t even know how many times I listened to Mike Mayock say about the receiver, “well he beat Ike Taylor.”
It’s embarrassing to watch as he stands there and acts tough while he’s getting destroyed by anyone the Titans put out there.
Then there is Mike Tomlin, who I respect—but when is the last time the Steelers actually played well in a big game?
I feel like there are too many games where it looks like the Steelers aren’t prepared enough going in and look flat.
Now I am not saying that everyone needs to be fired or that major changes need to be made. However, I think they all need to sit back and look in the mirror.
The players obviously have to play but the coaches need to stop just hoping Ben Roethlisberger bails them out and actually coach.
This season has been disappointing to say the least, but I truly think the team can turn it around and still win the Super Bowl.
To do that, Mike Tomlin is going to have to stop talking about how he wants the team to play and actually get the team prepared to play these games.
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