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Steelers dearth of challenges could alter outcome

Posted on: January 15, 2011 5:43 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2011 7:52 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Everyone knows the rules -- you get two challenges per game in the NFL, unless you win both of those, in which case you're awarded a third timeout. Mike Tomlin lost his second challenge of the first quarter during the Baltimore-Pittsburgh AFC divisional game. On the play in question (below), Ben Roethlisberger was mauled by Terrell Suggs and appeared to throw an incomplete pass, but never got a whistle from the refs, and therefore fumbled. Cory Redding scooped up the ball and scored.

Tomlin's first challenge was, oddly enough, on the first play of the game. He won that one (and got a whole 15 yards on a Baltimore return taken off!) but now the Steelers can't challenge a play for the remainder of the game.

This is highly significant, because given the way that Jeff Triplette's crew has called the game thus far, there's a reasonable chance that a red flag or two could be handy in the second half.

Although Tomlin's challenges aren't necessarily terrible -- the first one was an unfortunate early missed call and the second one, as you can see above, changed the entire nature of the game. Tomlin had no real choice but to challenge given the odd nature of the play.

Tomlin was clearly correct on his viewpoint of the first challenge, but there's a pretty good chance that those 15 yards won't be worth whatever (admittedly hypothetical) call goes against. Which is why you always want to try and save your challenges for as long as you can.

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Steelers dearth of challenges could alter outcome

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Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2011 12:41 pm

Steelers dearth of challenges could alter outcome

Speaking of idiots,

Why don't you compare personal foul penalties SINCE Tomlin took over for Cowher.  And, if you are too stupid to remember correctly, Tomlin won a SuperBowl with Mr. Cowher's players.  I hate when fans of teams are so blind and dumb they can't point out problems.  I am a huge Steeler fan, but can do without the thuggish antics.  Would rather the team win with class than the BS I seen yesterday.

Tomlin wasn't a great idea for a head coach.  You remember what his previous job was, GoSteelers, or is it stupid???  Defensive coach for the Minnesota Vikings, a team that hasn't won squat.  You know who your defensive coordinator and genius of the team is??  Dick LeBeau.  So Rooney hired a defensive head coach, when that was our strength.  Most Steeler fans were hoping Whisenhunt or Grimm would succeed Cowher.

But hey, since you are a moron, Tomlin is a much better coach than Belicheat, right?  We both will see next Sunday.  I feel bad for Dick.  Having to actually rescue the team week in and week out with his defense.  I don't think it will be enough to match up against the Pats.  Belicheat vs. Tomlin is like Einstein vs. Gomer.  Too bad you closer to the Gomer IQ, or you could see the same thing the rest of us see.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2011 4:46 am

Steelers dearth of challenges could alter outcome

Boxer, you sir are an idiot. There is nothing thuggish about Tomlin. And as far as his coaching abilities, all that matters is he has 43 regular seasons wins and now is 4-1 in the post season, with a ring in his four seasons as coach. I do agree it is ridiculous that the players didn't play to the whistle, but neither did about 8 Ravens players.

If you don't like Tomlin you either aren't a Steeler fan or have an issue with him that has nothing to do with football, because all the guy has done is succeed since he's been in Pittsburgh.

Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2011 11:01 pm

Steelers dearth of challenges could alter outcome


The only thing terrible about Tomlin is his coaching, or lack therof.  How ANY offensive player can stand around and watch that ball lay there without having a clue to fall on it is beyond me.  This team looked ill-prepared for a football game let alone a play-off game against a great team like the Ravens.  That falls completely on the head coach.  Not to mention this moron has brought a THUGGISH attitude to this ballclub, almost as if he accepts 15 yard Personal Fouls as part of the game.  The sooner this moron gets fired the better.

Kudos, however, to Dick LeBeau, who ONCE AGAIN had his defense ready to play, and bailed out the Steelers team.  They are going to need you to outcoach not only the idiot in charge but Belicheat as well.  GL sir.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2011 9:08 pm

Steelers dearth of challenges could alter outcome

I disagree. I think the first challenge was important. I believe that it not only moved the ball back, but that it gave the Steelers a chance to calm down and took a little momentum/adrenaline from the Ravens by halting play after a return that potentially could have been in Steelers territory.

The second challenge I thought was a waste. I was yelling for any Steeler to fall on the ball right away. And quick replays showed it was clearly a fumble. That was the bad challenge.

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