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Steelers went soft, and lost

Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:57 pm
 
Mike Tomlin was scared to kick a 46-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter, and his team lost because of it. Up 20-16, he punted instead of going for the long field goal.

The punt put the Ravens at the 8. It worked, in the micro-sense. But the Ravens drove for a touchdown that won the game 24-20 -- not forced overtime at 24-all.

That was the call of the game. Mistake, in hindsight.
Category: NFL
Tags: Ravens, Steelers
 
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Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:48 pm
 

Steelers went soft, and lost

Tomlin made the right call. You have a good defense behind you against a QB who doesn't regularly drive 92 yards for a score. It took a 26 yard pass with 8 seconds left to get it done (congrats Joe) and the odds of that happening are not really on the Raven's side. Might have been the Raven's best drive of the year, and Tomlin didn't believe they could do it.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Steelers went soft, and lost

Let me guess, if Tomlin goes for the 46-yard field goal and misses, the Doyel would be saying he should have punted the ball. Tomlin did what every other NFL coach would have done, punt the ball and pin them deep in their zone. The Raven's offense deserves a lot of credit for driving down the field 92 yards for the score to win. The Steelers defense had a couple chances to get a turn over to put the game on ice...as well as the Raven's had a couple chances (dropped balls) to win the game sooner. Hope to see the Raven's again in January.



Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Steelers went soft, and lost

Brian,

I dislike Tomlin because he is COMPLETELY over-rated.  His teams show up half the time like they hadn't practiced a minute all week, looking un-prepared.  After the SB win, with Cowher's players mind you, he let the team sleepwalk through preseason, saying they earned the easy road.  Didn't make the play-offs that year.  You don't WIN or EARN anything, every year is a new and clean slate.

Plus, this team has turned into a thuggish bunch.  Cowher NEVER would have stood for this BS of personal fouls, late hits, etc.  And old Billy boy gambled, and made HEAD COACHING decisions.

I will say this, he is a bit better than Caldwell in Indianapolis.



Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Steelers went soft, and lost

It doesn't make a difference if he kicked a field goal or not. The fact is he didn't. He was going to rely on his defense to not allow a TOUCHDOWN. This is where I question the coaching. With Baltimore having 1 time out and little more than a minute, why in the world are we in lock up man to man coverage? The blitz wasn't getting there so you know you could be exposed. After the missed touchdown by Baltimore a few plays before the game winner, a neon light should have went off and said let's go zone.



brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 4:35 pm
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Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Steelers went soft, and lost

I had no confidence in the Steelers making a 47 yarder. I wanted them to punt from that get go and try and pin the Ravens deep. Forget when the delay of game penalty pushed them back 5 yards..they had to punt then. Give the Ravens credit. They drove 92 yards on the road in the closing minutes. They deserved to win.



Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Steelers went soft, and lost

With the history of B-more playing in that stadium the last 3 years with something on the line, I'm punting and letting my defense play. Remember, the Ravens just had a 3 and out the series before, so Tomlin made the right call in the situation. I don't know why you let the playclock expire, but it is what it is. As a Ravens fan, I would switch places with you guys any day of the week. Good coach, rich history, recent SB wins, perennial playoff team. I could only hope for such success in Baltimore. I still hate you though.



Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 11:34 am
 

Steelers went soft, and lost

Oops,

I meant Harrison instead of Woodley.  Simple typo, my bad.

Brian, the reason Tomlin didn't call a timeout is he did NOT want to make a head coaching decision.  You know, what he kind of gets paid to do.  By taking the delay of game, he is left with no choice but to punt.  Pretty gutless.....

Also, I love the Tomloss fans who say they prefer to watch Baltimore take the ball 92 yards and score.  You morons KNEW the punt would be fielded at the 8-yard line?? 

And you RUN the football on 3rd down, take the clock out.  Bad coaching, period.

Sickening as a Steeler fan to lose twice to the Ravens.  Now I know how they feel.  It sucks.



brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 10:53 am
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 10:31 am
 

Steelers went soft, and lost

To say that Tomlim was scared to kick the field goal was ridiculous, he took a decision not to kick the field goal, there was no guarantee that he would have made it even if that was the decision he took.  Fact is, 9 times out of 10, the Ravens or anyone for that matter would not have driven the ball 92 yards and scared against this defense.  He took the best decision, and put the game in hs defenses hands, they didnt get the job done, this time.  Easy for dipsh*t Doyle to say this in hindsight. To say he was scared just shows what kind of moron Doyle is, and this is coming from a Raven fan. I have a lot of respect for Tomlin, shows great class and is a great coach. Hoepfully we meet again in January, Steeler fans.


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