Right now there is a rush to play the blame game. A lot of people say the loss is all on Michael Vick. He didn’t play well in the 1st half and had a pair of fumbles, one of which came at the 1-yard line. Some people assume that if we score there, we win the game. Faulty logic. That play was in the 1st half. You have no way to know how the game would have played out after that. Teams play based on situations. If the Steelers were down more late, would have been more aggressive.
I am not defending Vick by saying this. Some fans can’t somehow understand that, which boggles my mind. You can still put a lot of the blame on Vick for the loss. I’m not trying to defend him. Trust me, I was furious at all 4 fumbles (1 was overturned and 1 we recovered). Vick’s ball security is a major issue and it is driving the coaches crazy.
The defense did a great job for parts of the game and held the Steelers to just 16 points. Unfortunately, they could not protect the lead. They also did not make plays. No sacks. No takeaways. Only a couple of TFLs. The run defense also was too porous. Rashard Mendenhall proved a major difference maker for PIT. His speed really helped them. This was a good defensive effort, but that final drive was huge. Needed to make one play and just couldn’t do it.
STs actually turned out to be the least of our worries. There was one long KOR, but there was good coverage on that, the guy just got out of the tackle attempt. That was nothing like last week. David Wilson was untouched for 40 yards on his returns.
There are some things to be happy about.
* Shady McCoy was clutch in the 2nd half. Didn’t post great numbers, but made big plays.
* No INTs for Vick. If only we could get him to hold onto the damn ball…
* No deep balls for Mike Wallace. His speed made me nervous.
* Red Zone play actually worked in our favor. 2 for 3 by our offense, 1 for 4 by PIT.
* OL did some good things in the 2nd half. Had issues in the 1st.
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We are still 3-2 and in first place in the division. The team did show heart in coming back from down 10-0 to take a 14-13 lead. That can be a big thing if we can eliminate the turnovers. Gotta play cleaner games.