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Steelers’ Jekyll-and-Hyde Act continues as they hang on for

Postautor: liny195 » 13 lut 2019, 04:04

Tampa I know — a win is a win is a win. No such thing as style points — yada Pittsburgh Steelers Hats , yada. But when Ryan Switzer caught a touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to cap an impressive drive which began with only one minute remaining in the first half — making the score 30-10 in Pittsburgh’s favor — you’d have been laughed right out of the stadium if you suggested either of the following scenarios:No. 1 — The Steelers’ offense would be shut out for the entire second half, and No. 2 — Switzer’s TD would provide the final margin of victory.But when Tampa Bay took possession of the ball with 3:02 remaining in the fourth quarter and the score narrowed to 30-27 — in the wake of 17 unanswered points scored by the Bucs — things were looking pretty dicey for the Black-and-gold. Luckily, on a 3rd-and-10 play, Ryan Fitzpatrick misfired on what might have been yet another 3rd-and-long conversion, thus forcing the Bucs to punt the ball back to the Steelers for what would be the game’s final possession.As redeeming and enjoyable as the first half at Raymond James Stadium had been, the second half was so ugly that it almost made you forget the first half ever happened. After Tampa Bay received the second-half kickoff, their offense was promptly flagged for two consecutive false starts before Fitzpatrick launched a pass to Chris Godwin on a play which initially looked like a catch-and-run for a TD. But the score was nullified when the play was reviewed and Godwin was ruled to be down by contact. The Bucs ended up having to settle for a field goal which made the score 30-13 in Pittsburgh’s favor. At that point, the 17-point lead still looked pretty safe. But on the Steelers’ first possession of the second half, on a 3rd-and-3 play from the Bucs’ 28-yard line, Ben held onto the ball too long and was strip-sacked. Fortunately, B.J. Finney jumped onto the loose ball, salvaging a field goal attempt which, unfortunately Pittsburgh Steelers Hoodie , Chris Boswell doinked off of the right upright.Then, in the fourth quarter, on their next possession, the Bucs marched right down the field, converting a key first down on 4th-and-7 play from the Steelers’ 42-yard line — which led to another Tampa Bay TD, cutting the margin to 30-20. After yet another Steelers’ drive stalled, the Bucs once again drove right down the field, scoring on a Fitzpatrick pass to Mike Evans that caught Artie Burns badly out of position.It was the Steelers’ next-to-last possession of the game, though, which was particularly troubling. After a nifty 27-yard run by James Conner — followed by another 9-yard Conner run — the Steelers ran one of their trademark slow-developing sweep plays on first down (the likes of which formerly had been blamed on Todd Haley) and lost four yards. Then, on a 3rd-and-9 play, Ben tried to force the ball deep to Antonio Brown, who was covered like a blanket Customized Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys , thus giving the Bucs their final shot to pull out a win. Besides a couple of Conner runs, just about the only good thing the Steelers’ offense did during the entire second half was on their final possession, when Roethlisberger scampered out of the pocket on a third-down play, throwing across his body to hit JuJu Smith-Schuster on a crucial first-down pass that sealed Tampa Bay’s doom.Old habits persistWhile this win certainly is welcome and much-needed, the way that the second half played out was anything but reassuring for those in search of some clues about the character of this 2018 Steelers team. Considering that the Tampa Bay defense was fielding a group of backups in its secondary for the entire second half, and the Bucs’ defensive line was getting little or no pressure on No. 7, the much-hyped Steelers’ offense somehow failed to manage even a single score of any description during the final 30 minutes of football.In crucial situations where one or two successful plays might have thwarted any possibility of a Tampa Bay rally, the Steelers appeared equally inept in their offensive schemes as they’d often been under Haley’s tutelage. Furthermore, the Black-and-gold were taking far too many costly penalties which handed the Bucs huge chunks of free yardage. In fact, the Steelers’ offensive line might have been the only consistently-good aspect of the team’s play in Tampa. For the most part, Ben had adequate time to throw the ball, and the sacks he took were mainly coverage-related. Additionally, in the second half , the Steelers squandered two of their three remaining timeouts, and they were quite fortunate they didn’t need them late in the game.So while it might be true that a win is a win — and style points don’t count — if the Steelers fail to address some of their nagging inconsistencies on both sides of the ball in the coming weeks, they’re likely to find themselves on the losing end at least as frequently this season as when they bask in the glory of the winner’s circle. With Pittsburgh leading at halftime 30-10, the second half of Monday night’s game should have been a relative walk in the park. But the fact that this eventually became a true nail-biter, despite Fitzpatrick’s self-destructive play during the first half, harkens back to the “same old Steelers” profile of a team that eases up on the gas pedal much too early, thus allowing lesser opponents — particularly in road games — to remain within striking distance on the scoreboard.The sheer ugliness of the Steelers’ second-half performance in Tampa thus leaves the faithful of Steelers Nation with essentially the same conundrum we faced after last week’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Still not being quite sure when Dr. Jekyll might morph into Mr. Hyde, or vice versa, it’s practically impossible to make any judgments at this stage about where the Black-and-gold might be headed as a team. While the Steelers’ defense appears consistently hopeless — at least for the time being — should we judge the offense based on the juggernaut witnessed during the first half on Monday night — or perhaps that feckless band-of-bros who took the field after halftime? Given the weird way that things are unfolding so far, we might not have a clear answer until we reach the season’s midpoint.Breaking down the Defensive and Special Teams Depth Chart: Week 1 Steelers vs. Browns The Steelers firmed up their final defensive and special teams depth charts with the cuts on Saturday — or at least it would seem so. The Steelers are carrying three outside linebackers — fewer than the normal four or five to begin the season. But the six safeties is a polar opposite, as the safety position hasn’t previously been filled with six players, typically carrying four or five.Cam Heyward restructured his contract, freeing up more than $5 million. At the time of this writing Pittsburgh Steelers Womens T-Shirt , the Steelers hadn’t made any roster movies to better shore up the OLB position, but such a move would hardly be surprising.BTSC readers will notice that the roster ends up with 54 players. This is due to Le’Veon Bell’s anticipated, eventual return to the team.DT 28/53Cameron Heyward: The 12 sacks were the most in his career and his two forced fumbles doubled his career totals in 2017. Teams will have to double-team him to drop the sack totals.L.T. Walton: Walton took part in 144 snaps while generating two sacks in 2017. Hopefully, a lack of injuries to the starters will drop his snap totals.NT 30/53Javon Hargrave: Steelers fans are OK with him generating two sacks but he has to become more effective in the run game and shore up the leaky middle of the defense.Dan McCullers: Shade Tree keeps hanging around the Steelers, but look for him to be a weekly inactive, who will be hard pressed to better his 13 snaps last year on defense.DE 32/53Stephon Tuitt: A torn bicep cost Tuitt his effectiveness in 2017 — can he remain healthy and live up to his massive contract while taking some pressure off of Heyward?Tyson Alualu: Could Pittsburgh see him on the field more and run more 4-3 defense? The man has talent that needs to see the field more, and the Steelers need to get creative for that to happen.LOLB 34/53Bud Dupree: This will be either the last hurrah for Dupree or the path to $9.2 million. Even after six sacks in 2017, he still graded out at No. 44 of 46 qualifiers at his position by PFF.Anthony Chickillo: Chick is not athletic nor is he a game changer but he’s a prototypical backup OLB who makes his mark on special teams. (He led the Steelers in special teams snaps in 2017 with 317.) Shockingly thin at OLB.LILB 37/53Jon Bostic: Bostic struggled with communication issues during the preseason but he also flashed his solid run-stopping ability that led PFF to rank him 12th last season.L. J. Fort: If the ball isn’t being kicked, Steelers fans don’t want to see him on the field.Matthew Thomas: A gifted athlete who struggles with technique and the mental side of the game, he shined against many a camp body in the preseason. His off-field issues were years ago and were not the reason he went undrafted. RILB 39/53Vince Williams: It’s baffling why he was chosen to wear the green dot. A liability in coverage and mediocre run defender due to struggles to shed blocks. His main role will be to rush the passer. Tomlin will have him in on dime defense calling the plays and setting alignment? (The summer went by too fast to tear into him and show how Ryan Shazier covered up his flaws exposed by Sean Spence.)Tyler Matakevich: Steeler fans are imploring VW and Bostic to stay healthy as Dirty Red gave his best Sean Spence impersonation during preseason. ROLB40/53T.J. Watt: BTSC fans want you to emulate your brother — not in games missed but in sack totals. Will the switching of sides and practice time missed stunt his progression?Anthony Chickillo: Chick has the versatility to play both outside backer positions. LCB 42/53Joe Haden: Average and injury-prone players should not be paid top-10 player money at any position. If Tyreek Hill, Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, Keenan Allen Pittsburgh Steelers Hats , Mike Evans, and AJ Green beatdown the best corners in the league — what do they do to average ones? Haden’s 2018 dictates if the Steelers will need to burn a first-round pick on the cornerback position in 2019. Mike Hilton: This is the baffling part of the Steelers depth chart. I can’t believe Hilton would move out of his slot cornerback position to fill in on the outside. (Not counted towards the 53-man roster due to not being his true depth chart position.)Coty Sensabaugh: Sensabaugh was horrific during the 2017 season but shined during training camp and preseason. He’s the first man up again if Burns or (when) Haden suffers an injury.RCB 44/53Artie Burns: How many rookies enter the NFL draft at 23? Plenty. How many are entering their third season as an NFL starter at the same age? Often maligned by BTSC commenters for the big plays he surrenders, fans ignore the many games where he does not. Cameron Sutton: Sutton made one spot start in 2017 to go along with seeing a modest amount of snaps during two other games. His snaps were not effective which is clear with zero pass breakups while surrendering a touchdown to the New England Patriots.Slot CB 45/53 Mike Hilton: The former undrafted rookie free agent shone in 2017 and passed the eye test along with the passer rating of 61.1 which he surrendered. Cameron Sutton: Sutton was utilized out of the slot extensively during preseason. The use suggests that the Steelers view him more as a slot CB than an outside corner. FS 48/53 Sean Davis: The third year safety struggled with his strong safety duties the past two seasons — will moving him to free safety see his tackling and attack angle woes dissipate which has led to his poor tackling? Nat Behre: Behre was released only to be resigned after the Steelers place Ola Adeniyi on injured reserve. Steeler fans were not happy with his play when he was turned around and beaten by a Green Bay Packers wideout. Fans need to realize that he will not see playing time except for special teams. Is he the first man off the bench at free safety? Doubtful. Marcus Allen: Reports out of training camp had him performing poorly, and that was backed up by a lackluster preseason. Game day inactive and possibly first man released if the team needs to open up a roster spot. More potential than proven product. SS 51/53 Morgan Burnett: It’s surprising that the former Green Bay Packer will not be the defensive signal caller as it appears the Steelers would rather hand those duties to an ILB. Burnett is a box safety that will add excellent run support while providing adequate coverage. Do not expect too much but he will be an improvement to the secondary. Terrell Edmunds: Steeler Nation saw flashes of why Edmunds was a first round selection but fans were also reminded why draftniks did not have that high a draft grade on him. He will not challenge for a starting position this year but what will his use be in sub-packages? (Dollar package bracketing Rob Gronkowski or Travis Kelce with Burnett out of the question?) Jordan Dangerfield: Dangerfield came into the league in 2014 but has only seen game action during the 2016 season with two starts while appearing in 12 others. He will see extensive action on special teams if active on game days. Special Teams 54/53 Punter Jordan Berry: With no real competition -- this is not a surprise. His guaranteed salary would make him a tough cut before the season. The most overpaid player on the roster. Kicker Chris Boswell: Boz had four game-winning field goals in 2017 to go along with the most field goals made in the regular season and total points scored in Steeler history. How many heart-wrenching game winners will he be called upon in 2018? Long snapper Kameron Canaday: Steeler fans did not notice him on game day last year — that is a good thing. Holder Jordan Berry KR Ryan Switzer: Steelers Nation is cheering on the addition of Switzer onto the team since he adds a true return specialist to the team. JuJu Smith-Schuster: JuJu was effective on kickoffs last year but, with the addition of Switzer, he will play second fiddle. Artie Burns: He does?PRRyan Switzer: Steelers fans breathe a sigh of relief not to have AB returning punts. No reason to have the best wideout in the NFL returning punts.Antonio Brown: AB has not wanted to return punts for several years and that has shown with the lack of aggression and dwindling stats while fielding punts. Switzer brings that aggression back.Cameron Sutton: Tomlin doesn’t allow defensive players to return punts and has zero patience when a returner fumbles. (See Eli Rogers benching in 2017.) Sutton coughed the ball up during a hard legit hit and would only be used in case of a Switzer injury or might be the official site of the Pittsburgh Steelers but the depth chart has to be taken with a grain of salt. It is inaccurate, misleading and incomplete. Why does the depth chart ignore the all-important slot cornerback position which is utilized nearly 30% of all defensive snaps? Sutton did not play RCB last year, but is he the direct backup?The depth chart is set for now but is a fluid situation to monitor in the days to come. Roster moves due to injury, poor performance, or team needs will ensure the depth chart as it appears now will not be the same in January....I would like to congratulate Jeff Hartman for surpassing 1,000 subscribers for the BTSC YouTube channel. If you’re unaware, come check it out and be sure to remember to hit like and subscribe. Clearance NFL Jerseys
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