"They kicked our asses," said Parker, who was held to 20 yards on 11 carries as the Steelers were limited to 26 yards rushing.
It was a statement nobody who watched the game could argue.
The Steelers, a team used to being a bully, were out-bullied by the
Jaguars. And there was
nothing the Steelers could do about it.
"They were out there dancing and having a good time because they were
beating us up,"
said Parker. "Heck, they were even doing it before the game. We just
And thats not ever supposed to happen to this team.
"I know I'm not happy about it and there's nobody else in this locker
room who's happy
about it either."
What the Steelers will do about that remains to be seen.
But as the defending Super Bowl champions, the Steelers are going to
get everybody's best
shot when they play them, especially on the road. Monday night, they
weren't ready for
© One week after showing up in a big way in a victory over the Miami Dolphins, Joey Porter
completely disappeared from action against Jacksonville.
I know I saw Porter on the field Monday night. But the stat sheet
said he had one assist on
a tackle. I don't even recall that one.
The NFL's most feared player was more like the Invisible Man here at
© The same couldn't be said of the rest of the Steelers linebackers,
who played their butts
Fred Taylor gashed the Steelers for a couple of mid-range runs in the
third quarter, but
other than that, he was largely held in check.
Nose tackle Casey Hampton also had a strong game against Jacksonville
center Brad Meester, who is one of the best at his position in the league.
But the secondary was flat-out awful.
Cornerback Deshea Townsend missed a bunch of tackles coming up on
short passes. And
Ike Taylor was giving too much cushion. He was pulled from the game
for a play and
chewed out by head coach Bill Cowher after giving up back-to-back
passes to Matt Jones.
© It's becoming apparent that opposing teams are going to double
Hines Ward constantly
until the other Steelers receivers prove they can do something to
In two games, Cedrick Wilson has drawn more pass interference
penalties -- two -- than he
has catches -- one. And that one catch came late in the fourth quarter
meaning Wilson played seven quarters without catching a pass.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wasn't sharp and threw some bad balls
Monday night. But
the receivers didnt give him a lot of help, either.
Wilson is getting very little separation from opposing defensive
backs, hence the extra
contact he's drawing for the pass interference calls.
At some point, Nate Washington has to push Wilson out of the starting
© After he very nearly muffed another punt in the first quarter, I'm
pretty sure weve seen
the last of Ricardo Colclough as a punt returner.
The question is, what took so long?
Then again, Santonio Holmes didnt exactly light things up returning
Colclough's near muff, allowing several kicks to drop inside the 10
rather than fielding
them and coming up for one fair catch.
Did Willie Reid get caught with his hand in the cookie jar or
© Speaking of punters, Chris Gardocki was the Steelers MVP in this
game, dropping five of
his eight punts inside the 20 and kicking very well when backed up in
his own territory.
The coverage units were also much better with Anthony Smith and
Colclough serving as
the gunners on punts. Their hustle down the field caused a lot of
those balls to be fair
© Monday night's loss is nothing a victory Sunday against Cincinnati
wouldn't cure. Then
again, a loss Sunday to Cincinnati would put the Steelers in a pretty
big hole just three
games into the season and have them searching for answers heading
into their bye week.
Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter.
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