Of course the only game in which they were completely outplayed was against the Cleveland Browns last month - the same Cleveland Browns team they must play this weekend with the hopes of salvaging this lost season.
Two bad turnovers, dropped passes and missed assignments
on defense cost the Steelers against the 49ers. But that is what
bad teams do. They find ways to lose games.
Monday night, the Steelers sounded a lot like a team that was
beginning to realize that they just aren't that good.
© Of course it's 4 a.m. Tuesday and I'm writing this as I fly
somewhere over the heartland. There's a bad Vin Diesel movie
playing - is that redundant? - and I'm about the only person still
awake on the plane.
© Did Joey Porter play Monday night? Oh that's right, he was out
there. I saw him do his boot after Mike Logan stuffed Garrison Hearst on a short running play.
© Is anybody on this Steelers defense ever going to make a
Where are the strips? Where are the interceptions? Where the
heck is the coverage? How about the pass rush?
© Four games without an interception may be a record for the
Steelers. Think about that.
They have had over 100 passes thrown against them without
taking one the other way.
I think the only time they came close during that stretch was Troy
Polamalu's miss at the goal line against St. Louis.
You'll remember that play. The ball went through Polamalu's
arms and into the hands of wide receiver Dane Looker. It's been
that kind of season.
© I am more convinced than ever the Steelers' two biggest
needs are a cornerback and a running back.
Tommy Maddox was fine Monday night. He certainly played well
enough for the Steelers to win the game if the receivers don't
drop the eight or so passes they did.
But there are no playmakers in that secondary and we saw
Sunday what even a decent running back can do against teams
like St. Louis and Kansas City if they get the ball enough.
Rudi Johnson lit up Kansas City for the Bengals, and Anthony Thomas had a nice game for the Bears against St. Louis.
The Steelers couldn't run on either of those teams. In fact, the
Steelers have been unable to run against anyone.
© Hines Ward said after the game he had the worst game of his
career. He's right. Three drops and giving up seven yards on a
wide receiver screen pass were not vintage Ward plays.
But Ward wasn't alone.
Jay Riemersma has officially become a bad signing.
Riemersma is a receiving tight end who can't catch and who
looks to be as fragile as a China doll.
© The Steelers had three penalties for 30 yards, their fewest of
the season by far. They also converted 8-of-16 third downs
compared to 4-of-12 for San Francisco.
Hey, I'm just giving you a little silver lining.
© Hate to say it, but I saw a lot of clueless faces in that locker
room Monday night. This team has no idea how to solve the
problems it faces.
I get the feeling the coaching staff is in the same boat.
Sometimes you just get a bad mix.
© It's now time for Chris Hope at free safety. Nothing more to
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