If The Steelers Don't Make the Playoffs, The Blame Lies Here

Alan ShimelCorrespondent IDecember 28, 2009

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 27:  Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts to a play while playing the Baltimore Ravens on December 27, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 23-20.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Steeler community is drowning in "what if" playoff scenarios. The fat lady hasn't sung yet, but we need some serious help. Any time you are counting on a parlay to come through, you have to realize it is going to be tough. 

We are also all a flame about why the Colts sacrificed their perfect season. About whether the Bengals and Patriots are going to try their best to win next week. Are these teams going to lose just so they don't have to worry about facing the Steelers in the playoffs. Hey the way the Steelers have played this year, I am not sure if they are really all that worried about playing us.

Jockeying for home field advantage down the road is more of an incentive for Cincy and NE to try and win. What about Oakland? They have been giant killers this year, but got blown out by Cleveland today. Do we really think they can beat Baltimore? If they don't will we think they didn't show up?

I don't know what the future holds. I certainly don't know if the Steelers will make the playoffs. A betting man would probably bet against it right now though. I do know that first of all the Steelers need to beat Miami next week (I will be at the game). After that, let the chips fall where they may.

But this I do know. The Steelers may not make the playoffs this year. If they don't, in the immortal words of Don Vito Corleone, the Godfather, "I want no inquiries made. I want no acts of vengeance."

The Steelers have no one to blame for not making the playoffs but themselves. If they had held on and beaten Chicago, we would not be in this position. If we would have held on and beaten Kansas City, we would not have been in this position. If we would have held on and beaten Oakland, we would not have been in this position. If we would have shown up and beaten Cleveland, we would not have been in this position.

If we would have stopped Baltimore in our first game with them this year on a 3rd and twenty something and a 4th and 6, we would not have been in this position. If we would not have given up 4 kick off returns for touchdowns. You got it, we would not have been in this situation. For that matter, not giving up the late touchdown to Cincy in the first game with them would have put us over the top as well.

The bottom line is we did not need a chain of these events to happen for us to be sitting pretty for the playoffs. If just one of these happened, we would be on our way to January football.

Also lets not blame injuries. Every team has them. Ed Reed has been out a bunch for the Ravens too. It hurts, but it is not an excuse. We simply did not make the plays when we needed them most.

I really hope that as has been written, destiny will smile on the 2009 Steelers. But if it does not go our way and we go home early, lets not blame everyone else. The blame lies squarely on the shoulders of this Steeler team. With the schedule we had and the talent on this team, we should not be wishing and hoping and praying at this time of year to make the playoffs.

Now I am off to go wish, hope and pray that our season continues past next week.