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    Embattled Steelers are preaching team unity
    Buzz up!By John Harris, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Friday, December 18, 2009
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    What happens when you combine the NFL's fourth-ranked defense with an offense featuring a 3,000-yard quarterback (Ben Roethlisberger), two potential 1,000-yard receivers (Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward) and a potential 1,000-yard rusher (Rashard Mendenhall)?

    You get the 6-7 Steelers.

    The Indianapolis Colts entered Thursday night's game against Jacksonville with a 13-0 record, along with the NFL's 17th-ranked defense. The New Orleans Saints, also 13-0, feature the league's 21st-ranked defense.

    How is it that two unbeaten teams have defenses ranked lower than the Steelers, who along with the Washington Redskins, are currently the only two teams with Top 10 defenses with losing records?

    "There's probably a lot of teams in the league that'd like to be where we are,'' defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said regarding his defense following Thursday's practice. "The bottom line is: We haven't won enough games, and we have to do something about that.

    "That's not offense, defense or special teams. That's all of us.''

    LeBeau said this year's defense is being compared with last year's unit that ranked No. 1 in total defense, No. 1 against the pass and No. 2 against the run.

    "I said last year, that's an aberration,'' LeBeau said. "You take the top team this year. They'd be way behind what we were last year.''

    Last year, the Steelers led the league in total defense, permitting 237.2 yards per game. This year, the New York Jets are currently ranked No. 1, allowing 264.7 yards per game.

    On paper, the Steelers' defense is ranked higher than the two teams who, entering last night's game, were tied for the best record in the league.

    The Steelers are No. 1 against the run and No. 13 against the pass. Indianapolis was No. 17 against the run and No. 20 against the pass. New Orleans is No. 19 against the run and No. 23 against the pass.

    Overall, the Steelers' defense isn't making enough plays to compensate for an offense that ranks below two of the league's elite units.

    The Steelers are second in the league with 39 sacks and haven't permitted a 100-yard rusher in the past 31 regular-season games. However, the Steelers have recorded only eight interceptions, compared with 15 for Indianapolis entering last night's game and 24 for New Orleans.

    "Their offenses are making plays,'' Steelers safety Tyrone Carter said of the Colts and Saints. "But if you look at it, their defenses are stopping guys and making plays. Last week against Atlanta, New Orleans came up with an interception, and they made another key stop. That's two possessions that the Saints stopped and got their offense in position to make plays.''

    The Steelers' offense ranks No. 9 overall No. 12 rushing and No. 16 passing. Indianapolis is No. 4 overall No. 5 rushing, No. 3 passing. New Orleans boasts the league's top-ranked offense - No. 5 rushing, No. 3 passing.

    Said Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward: "You really can't pinpoint why we don't have a better record. We're all in it together.''

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    Said Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward: "You really can't pinpoint why we
    don't have a better record. We're all in it together.''

    Hey Hines it's pretty simple. Find a creative offensive coordinator who can use the weapons we have on this team and magically the record becomes better.

    I wish we had an offensive coordianator that can use Heath Miller the way the Colts use Dallas Clark. Absoluely amazing how the Colts use Dallas Clark.

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    It is downright sick that the talent on offense is being wasted like it is. An offensive coordinater with half a brain would have us scoring at least 10 more points per game.
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    Brucey's inabality to call plays in the Redzone is an extra burden to the defense that the defense doesn't need. The next OC will have plenty to work with, and will hopefully know how to use them.
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    Said Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward: "You really can't pinpoint why we
    don't have a better record. We're all in it together.''

    Hey Hines it's pretty simple. Find a creative offensive coordinator who can use the weapons we have on this team and magically the record becomes better.

    I wish we had an offensive coordianator that can use Heath Miller the way the Colts use Dallas Clark. Absoluely amazing how the Colts use Dallas Clark.
    The most important thing in the NFL is good footwork no matter which position you play. TJ whosyourmama stated this once and I see how it plays out each and every week. Simply put our team lacks footspeed and lateral quickness at many positions.

    So even if we did have a good OC it would not cut it. the colts have several things going for them that we do not.

    They have a QB whose incredibly good at changing plays and reading coverages and has quick feet.

    We have a QB who holds onto the ball, gets sacked all the time and doesn't get rid of the ball and who throws late into open windows.

    They also have a very quick footed TE who can beat LB's down field and who can site adjust on routes.

    our TE drops passes and creates INTs for the other team and when he catches the ball he gets tackled by the first guy that touches him cause he lacks speed and lateral quickness.

    Also all their WR have good hands and can also site adjust to routes (see the SI story about austin collie within last month). This requires very smart WR's and constant communication between QB/WR's. Note how Manning always sits by his WR's on the bench. I rarely see this from Ben. He is usually off by himself.

    Sorry Hines. We have a slow slot guy whose very good in zone coverages but cannot beat man to man (ward) so teams mostly play us man to man and stop him.

    The colts are very beatable they have just gotten the breaks this year. Ravens make that FG they beat them. If bracket doesn't get that INT ravens beat them. If texans recover fumble and make FG's they beat them.

    It all comes down to 1-3 plays per game in the NFL and this year we simply are not making the plays.

    Go back to last year and there were at least 5 reg season games we won cause we made 1 play at a crucial time and a lot of those plays were backyard scramble plays that Ben basically got lucky with -- broken coverages or some big turnover to change complexion of the game.

    1. both Ravens games -- 1) wild scramble pass to Moore in OT to setup FG, not to mention barely getting any offense and having TD by D to turn game around.
    2) scramble pass to endzone to Holmes for barely a TD.

    2. Dallas game - pic 6 to win it.
    3. Jacksonville -- wild scramble pass to Ward to keep drive alive (possibly in OT I can't rememeber) and setup final TD.
    4. If it doesn't rain in NE do we get as many TO's? What if Welker doesn't get hurt is outcome different. and I won't mention that Brady is not playing.

    that is 5 games right there in which we got very lucky.
    instead of 12-4 we may have been 7-9 last year.

    peace out.

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    The Steelers' offense ranks No. 9 overall — No. 12 rushing and No. 16 passing. Indianapolis is No. 4 overall — No. 5 rushing, No. 3 passing. New Orleans boasts the league's top-ranked offense - No. 5 rushing, No. 3 passing.
    I think the Steelers ranks are backwards. We're 12th in passing (have steadily fallen for weeks but the Dennis Dixon game dropped us a lot in the passing game/yards which is how passing offenses are ranked (yards per game).

    On the flipside, the running game has slowly been improving on it's yard per game and ranking all season. their 113.7 I want to say is one of their highest YPG this season.

    That's all. None of it really means **** but the one quote I felt was really important especially for scoring on offense and that was...
    However, the Steelers have recorded only eight interceptions, compared with 15 for Indianapolis entering last night's game and 24 for New Orleans.
    That doesn't take into affect fumble recoveries and such but.... turnovers help an offense not have to drive the length of the field on every drive to put up points. I've got no doubt that the colts and Saints probably have scored twice as much as us based on turnovers because they've gotten the ball back in excellent field position. It's something completely overlooked but something that is helpful for any offense. The Saints having 24 int's is ****ing ridiculous. Even if you guess and say that half of those int's resulted in points, that would be 3 times the amount of the steelers if you crunched our number in half as well

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    Maybe someone can preach to the defense on how to tackle??

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    Unity is good, but effort and execution are the keys to winning. Unity should lead to more effort, but regardless, we are still hamstrung by poor playcalling which increases the effort in need of overcoming Arians. From the goal line to the redzone, the Steelers can move the ball. From the redzone in, I have no confidence in their ability to put the ball in the endzone. Perhaps they should unify over some coaching changes.
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