The final snaps of a Patriots-Steelers diversion combined copiousness of provender for analysis, criticism, and discussion. Here’s a speculation that hasn’t gotten scarcely adequate play.
It came from Chris Simms on Monday’s PFT Live, and it was by distant a best indicate he’s done given fasten a show. (And, yes, a bar was low.) During a giveaway timeout that came during a replay examination of a Jesse James touchdown that wasn’t, what did a Steelers do to devise for a remaining plays from scrimmage?
A full 3 mins and 20 seconds elapsed from a impulse James presumably scored to a impulse Tony Corrente explained that a statute on a margin had been overturned. That’s some-more than adequate time for a offense to crowd and to plead in clear, certain terms what would occur if, for example, a second-down play resulted in a time ticking after a tackle.
But notwithstanding carrying a full 200 of those ticks to make and to promulgate decisions to all of a 11 players on offense, a Steelers seems rattled and capricious as they lined adult for what seemed to be a spike. (The Patriots, on a other hand, were organized, communicating, and prepared.)
At a snap, a usually receiver who ran a settlement was Eli Rogers, from a distant right of a formation; a other receivers looked indeterminate and unsure. And Roethlisberger, who claimed after a diversion that it wasn’t a adopt spike, executed a adopt spike when he got a snap, pumped again into a belligerent an present later, and afterwards threw a round to Rogers, who had run a slant. Into triple coverage.
Maybe a devise that was devised in a 3 mins and 20 seconds on a sideline was to adopt difficulty in a hopes of treacherous a Patriots. If that was a case, it didn’t work. The Patriots (who certainly took full advantage of a full 3 mins and 20 seconds to devise for all — including a reprise of a adopt spike that a Steelers used opposite a Cowboys a year earlier) were prepared for it.
The Steelers, by all appearances, weren’t ready. They weren’t prepared to understanding with a ticking time after second down. They weren’t prepared with a devise that had been communicated to everyone. They simply weren’t ready. While a shortcoming for being prepared eventually belongs to a conduct coach, a joining to situational football that oozes from a Patriots would have, if common by a Steelers, had Roethlisberger and/or descent coordinator Todd Haley job everybody together and regulating each accessible second to know accurately what would occur and how it would occur — on second down, third down, and fourth down.
Even yet good players make a good team, good coaches intermittently make a disproportion between winning and losing. On Sunday, a disaster of a Steelers to use that 200 seconds to come adult with their best probable devise for traffic with a final seconds of a diversion shows that their coaching wasn’t as good as it could have or should have been, generally when going opposite one of a biggest coaches of all time, in any sport.