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Maybe the 2018 Pittsburgh Steelers are not a good football

in Rechtschreibung, Grammatik, Stilfragen 01.03.2019 02:36
von liny195 • 268 Beiträge

team It wasn’t so long ago fans would have relished the thought of the Steelers’ high-powered offense getting the football to start the second half Youth JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey , just 13 minutes after overcoming a two-touchdown deficit to tie the game in front of a very loud and supportive crowd at Heinz Field. Unfortunately, the Steelers’ offense isn’t so high-powered these days. As for that crowd, it doesn’t seem very loud either, and maybe that’s because those two-touchdown deficits are becoming just a little too familiar.Pittsburgh followed an all-too-predictable script during a 26-14 loss to the Ravens at Heinz Field on Sunday night. Baltimore, like the the Chiefs two weeks earlier, and like the Jaguars back on January 14, effortlessly marched down the field on its opening possession of the game to take a 7-0 lead before the home folks were even settled into their seats. Just moments later, following a fumble by Vance McDonald that gave the visitors the footballat the Pittsburgh 31, it was 14-0 with 8:03 still to play in the opening quarter. Sure, the Steelers played an inspired second quarter to tie the game at 14 right before the break, but the opening offensive possession of the third quarter—one that included two runs by James Conner and a short pass to Ryan Switzer that lost five yards—was anything but inspirational.The Ravens put the Steelers away — and their home fans to sleep — by methodically controlling the ball and the clock during the final two periods, needing only four Justin Tucker field goals to ensure a victory. The Steelers, meanwhile, could tally only 47 yards on 23 plays in the second half, never once making it beyond midfield — a “feat” that’s almost unheard of in modern professional football.The loss dropped Pittsburgh to 1-2-1 on the season and marked the third-straight defeat at Heinz Field. In fact, dating back to December 17, the Steelers have now lost four straight home games to teams among the upper-echelon of the AFC (the Ravens might not have had much success in recent years http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-joe-haden-jersey , but they’re certainly in the playoff mix more often than not). And in Pittsburgh’s last three home losses, the opposition has scored an average of 18.6 points before the Steelers could even crack the scoreboard. Like Patrick Mahomes and Blake Bortles before him, veteran quarterback Joe Flacco enjoyed great protection all night and barely had any of his 42 passes contested, completing 28 of them for 363 yards and two touchdowns. The Ravens’ running backs didn’t gouge Pittsburgh’s defense, but Baltimore stayed ahead of the chains all evening, as second and three was much more common than second and 13. As for Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, he was again outshined by a passer of similar pedigree; he again couldn’t get on the same page with Antonio Brown, which is bizarre, given the connection between the two seemed almost effortless during the previous five or six seasons.Back to the Steelers’ defense. What is its identity? Does it want to employ a zone, man-to-man or a combination of a lot of things? Is the unit a little too inexperienced to try various schemes? Should Keith Butler just simplify things until everyone has an idea of what they’re doing from week to week — or, heck, play to play? Is Keith Butler even in charge of the defense any longer? And if he’s not, why is he still here? People like to accuse head coach Mike Tomlin of not having his teams prepared to play sub-par opponents. But if it wasn’t for sub-par opponents, Pittsburgh might actually be winless through four weeks. It’s those upper-echelon opponents, the ones with the great coaching and similar talent, that have been outclassing the Steelers recently. And good teams shouldn’t be getting outclassed by other good teams on a regular basis. The law of averages says those outcomes should even out over time. Yet, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen anytime soon. And that begs the question: are these Steelers a good team? My eyes tell me they’re not. The statistics certainly say the same thing. Maybe that’s because the 2018 Pittsburgh Steelers are anything but good—and the opposite of good is bad.Steelers News: Right side of offensive line could be very ‘green’ on Monday night The Pittsburgh Steelers are dealing with disappointment for the second week in a row after the Kansas City Chiefs came into Heinz Field and dismantled the home team. Heading into Week 3 Chris Boswell Jersey , the team must slowly turn its attention away from the embarrassing loss and solely focus on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their Week-3, prime-time matchup. Something I did last season and I’m going to start again is the Black-and-Gold Links article. This is an article where I take stories from quality news sources across the Internet, and add them here for your viewing pleasure. I won’t be posting the entire articles, but I’ll link each story and author so that you can read the full article. Today we focus on the fact the Steelers could have B.J. Finney and Matt Feiler, at guard and tackle respectively, on the right side of the offensive line. Not really an ideal situation for the offensive front as they head into a game many consider a must-win on Monday night.Let’s get to the news:Steelers’ Matt Feiler ready if called upon at tackleBy: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewThe most recent time Matt Feiler started a game – any game, at any level, meaningful or not – at offensive tackle came Nov. 30, 2013.It was in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship game. Feiler and Bloomsburg lost, 40-38, to rival West Chester and failed in an attempt to earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Division II playoffs.Since then? Well, there were nine late-game snaps at right tackle during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ win at Detroit last October.Other than that鈥?#8220;I honestly don’t know,” Feiler said, pondering his experience at tackle since college. “I don’t think (any).”It could come in a few days on Monday Night Football against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.“It’s just something you have to be ready for at all times,” Feiler said after completing a practice in which he said he was taking reps in place of starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert. “If they call my number, they call my number. I have to be ready to play.”Gilbert has not practiced yet this week because of a hamstring injury. Despite the presence of rookie Chuks Okorafor and Zach Banner on the 53-man roster Authentic Xavier Grimble Jersey , the Steelers in practice thus far have been turning to Feiler instead of those two young pure tackles.Mark Madden: Steelers ‘D’ too putrid to let offense bail team outBy: Mark Madden, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewWhenever the topic of Antonio Brown and whatever negative impact his shenanigans have on the Pittsburgh Steelers comes up, it’s often dismissed by saying, “He doesn’t play defense.”That triggers discussion and dissection of the defense.Legitimate nausea soon sinks in.Brown is selfish and frustrating. Thursday’s meet with the media was amazing. He admitted no wrongdoing, contradicted himself constantly and berated the media with (in so many words) cries of “fake news!”If Brown keeps that up, he might be President someday.But Brown can play. (Just not as well as JuJu Smith-Schuster right now.) Brown will top 100 catches. (Unless, at 30, he can’t get open like he used to.)The Steelers defense can’t play. It has potential to be ruinous. Its problems are many, and they are great.The Steelers missed 17 tackles in last Sunday’s home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s mind-boggling. That’s a failing grade in Football 101. If that doesn’t resolve itself organically, it won’t resolve itself. NFL teams barely wear pads in practice anymore, let alone work on tackling. Tackling can’t be fine-tuned.The defense doesn’t have many (any) strengths. A 3-4 base relies on solid linebackers. That’s been a Steelers strength since adopting the 3-4.It’s far from being a strong point now.Vince Williams is average (or worse) now that he’s not partnered inside with Ryan Shazier. T.J. Watt has potential but needs consistency. If Bud Dupree isn’t yet a bust, he’s staking his claim.The linebackers are bad. That’s a big reason the defense is bad.Perhaps if the Steelers had drafted more backup quarterbacks 鈥nderdog mentality still motivates Steelers’ Vince WilliamsBy: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewVince Williams doesn’t know how his stall ended up in the far corner of the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room a few years back. It’s prime real estate: a coveted “corner lot,” close to an exit and away from the heavy foot traffic in those busy times after practice.But to Williams, what made the positioning most fortuitous wasn’t the view of the whole room, nor the ability to stretch his legs onto a makeshift folding-chair ottoman.“I was blessed by my locker position because I am by a guy like AB,” Williams said Cheap Javon Hargrave Jersey , referring of course to Antonio Brown, “and I was next to a guy like James Harrison. So all we ever talked about was all of us had similar paths finding success.”Harrison went from an undrafted rookie to an All-Pro linebacker. Brown became a likely future Hall of Fame receiver from humble beginnings as a sixth-round pick.Also a sixth-round pick, Williams isn’t quite on Brown’s Hall of Fame track. But he has come a long way as his career with the Steelers has evolved.The 6-foot-1, 233-pound Williams has always been a well-respected and liked teammate, as well as a favorite of coach Mike Tomlin and his staff. But as recently as two years ago during his fourth NFL season, Williams’ role was that of core special-teams player and backup to Lawrence Timmons and Ryan Shazier.Now, he’s the Steelers’ longest-tenured linebacker and has become an indispensible part of their defense. He calls out the signals, plays in all situations and almost never comes off the field.Williams has missed just one of the Steelers’ 147 defensive snaps this season. Through two weeks, just three linebackers across the league played more.“I never had to prove to anybody what my role was; I always knew what my role was on this team — now my role is just expanded,” Williams said.“We all what I was capable of — we just had Ryan Shazier. If it’s who do you want on the field, Ryan or Vince, you’re picking Ryan.” Custom Chicago Bears Jerseys

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