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By the Fans!
Pittsburgh vs. Atlanta (13-9)
Submitted by DSIRELVR
The game against the falcons was a decent one... the defense seemed to have
some fire in it, but began to relax near the end. The Falcons had enough
weapons and determination to stay in the game and come within one play of
winning (memories of playoff loss to Chargers). How can a team with a 13-0
lead throughout 3/4 of the game almost lose the game in the final
seconds? I think the offense and defense are not supporting each other
and the offense needs to try to open it up no matter what. How is your number
one pick gonna have the confidence to do what he's supposed to if you don't
tell him and give him the opportunities? How is Kordell supposed to be
comfortable and the spark to lead the team if you stay so conservative with
him? Give him at least a couple options to do something while he's playing...
don't stifle his talents and give him only one alternative (throw to
Witman). His stregth is "options"... the option play, the run (if he can), etc.,
etc. He has the arm... practice the long pass. Sure, use Bettis, but don't hinge
your whole game around him. I would be concerned about all the penalties by
the defens that gave Atlanta all the first downs to stay int he game and
basically nixed the defensive highlights. And take measures to ensure Bettis
never fumbles again. Use Huntley on a swing, sweep, outside pass, Breuner
and Lyons for outlet passes. Stretch the field with both Hawkins and
Edwards (like stallworth and Swann). At least if it gets intercepted, it's down
the field and your defense can help you get the ball back. Hopefully, the
condition of the Niners won't give us a false sense of confidence. We need to
play intense football 60+ minutes, no stupid penalties, and if we make a
mistake, no costly ones for score. Learn from it... hopefully we can reforge
the Steel Curtain and a 21st century dynasty.
Submitted by Michael Smith
The fact is, Chris Chandler (Crystal Chandelier) went down so many times on
Monday that he had to have his stomach pumped. If the "D" hadn't dinged him
up, he would've had 2 plays to get that TD instead of one.
The only thing I'm really bummed about is the defensive MENTAL
mistakes... those personal fouls were FOUL. They kept the pigeons in the
game when they didn't belong. AH well, such is life when you're the fan
of a team on the bubble.
Submitted by Bill Williamson
Did anybody catch the pregame on ESPN where Leslie Visser interviewed Jerome
Bettis? Jerome was giving Leslie a tour of the new bus he bought. She
opened up a jar of "BUS" peanut butter, stuck her finger in it, and had
Jerome suck the peanut butter off of her finger. If anybody taped this pregame,
check it out!!! Looks like Leslie wants the Bus to park in her "Bus
Submitted by SSgt. Kenneth Hoffmaster
Being active duty Air Force stationed in Hawaii, I finally got to watch a
Steelers game. The 1st since the 43-0 blowout over "Cleveland Clowns". I
must say that I'm sick of people bashing Kordell (especially that idiot
Boomer). I know Kordell hasn't done too well, but hey, there are 11 men on
the field when our offense is up, not 1. Kordell needs confidence and
hopefully Gilbride will be able to instill some in him. Kordell has the
potential to be a great QB. So, until week 9 when we play the "Whiners", GO
SSgt. Kenneth Hoffmaster
Submitted by Kevin Van Atta
Hey, Tim, just a note to say that I can't agree with you more on the crappy job of commentating by Boomer and the others,
and two thumbs up for the solid performance by the defense.
In addition to that, what really pissed me off was the fact that they didn't even bother to show us viewers any of
the half time tributes to the '74 team. What's up with that crap, anyway? I was really looking forward to seeing the
halftime festivities. For that, I can honestly say... ABC, you suck!!!
Kevin Van Atta
Orange City, Fl
Submitted by Nat LaBorde
In a sick way, I enjoyed the fact the Falcons made a game out of it at the
end. I was only kept awake by our defense. That was HUGE what they did, even
though Terrance Mathis ate our Mr. Washington for lunch all night. I can't say
enough about our defense... they are truly bitchin'!!! We survived the first
big scare, but when they got down there again, I thought we were toast! Levon
Kirkland for President and Earl Holmes for Vice... they've got my vote.
Kordell said that all's he is concerned with is that the
Steelers win. Well, here's a way they could and Kordell could be a star. We need
a big-play wide out. Kordell has shown in the past he has real talent for
it... do it! Tomczak at QB, Kordell at wide out... it would work! Then maybe
that feeling of guilt while cashing those big-assed paychecks will pass. If the
offense plays this badly against the Forty-Winers, we'll lose!
Last, but not least, I think Steeler uniforms look much better without bird droppings on them.
Going to Cardiologist,
Submitted by Tommy "Fleetwood 'N' Julio" Coleman
Here is an idea.
Get a giant picture of Boomer Assinine and whenever you get the urge to watch
old Steelers Highlights, say 74 Steelers Yearbook, The Championship
Years, etc., tape the photo over the TV and wah-lah! You just became an ABC Television executive.
Super Bowl Defense
Training Camp Offense
Submitted by Tom Bragg
Anyone that was not a die-hard fan of either of those teams could
have used that game as a non-prescription tranquilizer, but I guess it's
always good when the Steelers win.
But in terms of the longer term, that game showed some good things.
The one thing it showed is that the Steelers offense no longer has to score
touchdowns for the team to win. That's good, because they can't do it
anyway. Basically, the offense's job has been pared down to: 1) getting a
couple field goals, 2) staying on the field long enough to get the defense
some rest, and 3) moving the ball enough so that Josh Miller can punt the
other team into poor field position. That's it, and the Steelers offense
accomplished that last night. Kordell didn't make any stupid mistakes that
gave the Falcons excellent field position. Jerome, except for that fumble,
ran the ball well enough to keep the offense on the field for a while, and
the stone-handed wide receivers caught enough easy passes to move the chains
to get them to about the 50 yard line. Everything stalled from there, but
then Josh Miller could pin the Falcons back and the defense could take care
of everything else.
My point (finally) is this: If the offense can just give this
Steelers defense a CHANCE, this defense is so good that I don't see
virtually any team doing anything of any significance against them. Last
night, the defense showed that the offense doesn't have to do ANYTHING, and
the defense can still win. The defense even created the only Pittsburgh touchdown of
the game. Obviously, if the Steelers have any designs on either going to or
advancing in the playoffs, the offense is going to have to step up more than
they are doing now. But they are not going to have to become high octane in
order for the team to win.
I agree with you, Tim, that a QB is only 1/11th of the offense,
quantitatively. But I think that you'll even admit, given our struggles at
the position and their effect on the entire offense, that qualitatively the
position is a lot more important than that. That doesn't mean that it
warranted Boomer Esiason lighting Kordell up for 60 minutes, but his play
has a huge effect on the rest of the offense. Hopefully, Gilbride can
continue to instill confidence in the guy, and he'll be better in Week 17
than in Week 7. If that's the case, who knows. Maybe this team can make a
dent in the postseason. If it doesn't, it would be a waste of one of the
really terrific defenses in the league right now, and that would be damn
P.S.-- BTW, the highlight of last night's game, without question: 3rd quarter, 3rd and
long for the Falcons (as usual), Steelers come on the blitz. Kirkland up
the middle. Ken Oxendine tries to take Kirkland low. Kirkland, in one
motion, all 270 lbs. of him, goes completely horizontal, clears Oxendine and
buries Chandler all at once. You're right, Tim, there is nothing better
than defense played well.
Submitted by Tom Bragg
As I stated in my pre-game comments, this game would not be easy
for the Steelers. That was probably the understatement of the year!
Yes, the Steelers won, and yes, they're 4-3, but this is a win that is
very hard to feel good about. The Steelers showed the entire country
Monday night just how pathetic their offense really is. This game
should have been won by at least three touchdowns... instead, it was
almost lost because of an offense that does not know how to score points!
All I can say is, hats off to the defense... without those guys, Lord
only knows where this team would be. If Bill Cowher is smart, then he
and the rest of the offense need to use the upcoming open date to get
back to the basics and back to the drawing board!
Submitted by Terry Ingle
Tim, after reading through your remarks, I couldn't agree more on every
point you made. My balls were in my throat, and $#!t was flying in the
house. Even the dog couldn't believe what I was doing. Being in Germany,
the game comes on at 0300 hrs. I got up at 0215, showered, shaved, shat,
put on my BDU's and made coffee and on went the T.V.
The defense is Super Bowl caliber, but the offense seemed to play conservative ball in the 2nd
half. It seemed like they were happy with a 13-0 lead and thought they
could win it with that score. Jerome owned the 1st half on the ground. The
BUS was getting 7-13 yards a crack. I thought the play calling was good and
to me, you could tell that Gilbride was trying still yet to get Kordell in
some kind of comfort zone in the passing game.
The only reason the Turkeys
were even in the game was, AND I REPEAT, in the game was because of dumbass,
stupid ass, not thinking, idiotic penalties. I stopped counting when they
had 10 penalties for 90 yards. Hell, that equates to 9 first downs for the
Turkeys in penalties alone. Even Boomer noticed that.
Am I satified with
the win? NO!!! This is going on 8 weeks of regular season and at
least 7 weeks of preseason. Hell, thats 15 weeks, almost 4 months that they
have been working out together. What is it gonna take for the offense to put
some points on the board and finally click as a unit? I know when others
read this, they'll say it's Kordell. I say BULL$#!T. Even you said that
the QB is 1/11 of the offense. Anyway, it feels good, although not
satisfying, to win this one and have a mini streak going. Lets hope these
next 13 days during the BYE week we can continue to build and work on
consistency. These boys are gonna be the death of me yet. I know my blood
preasure was at least 200/180 in the final 4:00 minutes.
Take care 'ole buddy
and we'll be talking to you.
"ARMOR", THE COMBAT ARM OF DECISION
Submitted by Scott Springer
Okay, a win is a win. But I'm less happy about this than I was about Buffalo.
I've been one of the Kordell defenders, but now I've seen enough. Passes too high, passes too low, but now passes not
thrown! The one that took the cake was the third and four on the last drive (I think it was four yards) where he had a WIDE
OPEN Jon Witman about eight yards in front of him, practically able to do flip-flops in the flat, and he chose to run the ball and
not get the first down. Now even I'm convinced that Kordell has got to go. I'm the LAST one to blast a QB, but after this it's
There are other problems on this team. Our receivers still don't make plays. However, I'm beginning to believe that it is
because they don't have confidence in Kordell rather than not having the skills. If you had to constantly go up in the air or on
your knees to catch passes, you'd get sick of it too! I could just see it on the receiver's faces tonight more than ever when they
were on the sideline. They should be making the plays, that's the bottom line, but I think the confidence factor isn't helping.
Our line is still pretty bad, but at least they started to move people near the end of the game. The run previous to the
aforementioned third-down play was an example of guys staying on their blocks and giving Jerome a running lane. Still, 3.2
yards/rush isn't doing it, and the line is the primary problem. Still, there are some good signs: only 1 sack and the rushing yards
have improved. Still, I'm not sure this is due to improved play or Atlanta's lackluster and somewhat banged-up defense.
Jerome has got to stop pussy-footing around in the backfield and hit holes. While his line isn't doing their job, he is not
attacking the line of scrimmage. He's dancing, looking for holes. This is hurting his production, especially when the line isn't
making any holes. His fumble really hurt and is the only real reason Atlanta was able to make a game of it at the end. Still, he
doesn't do that much, and that might have been more Kordell anyway; I really didn't get a good look at it. Bottom line: big
backs don't do well when they aren't moving forward. Jerome must start running hard north to south again!
Now, for the praise! Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense.
Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense.
Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense. Defense.
Defense. Defense. Thank God for the defense. If it weren't for them, we would have lost another home game.
Yeah, they gave up some yardage at the end and made the game exciting, but they once again were on the field an awful long
time. Time of possession: ATLANTA 33:08, Steelers 26:52. When you're chasing around those receivers all night, it's going
to wear on you. It really shows up in the fourth quarter when the pass rush gets tired and Chander had a few more seconds to
throw. Eventually, given enough time, someone will get open. Keep in mind that the Steelers had a GRAND TOTAL of 68
total yards in the second half and the Falcons has the ball for nearly eight more minutes than the Steelers did in the second half.
You just can't ask that out of your defense week after week and expect to have much success.
Oh yeah, that kid Brown is pretty good too. It we didn't have him, we don't win this game. That fifty-one yard FG turned out
to be HUGE! If I'm Cowher, I make sure that leg is well taken care of. It's the only consistent offense we've had this year!
Well, enough for this week. Like I said, I don't like to bash the QB and really don't like people who do. But even I've seen
Submitted by McMillen & Wife
Let's give a standing ovation to the defense, my bruthas. Man, those guys looked incredible tonight... even Super Bowl caliber. Yeah, I know they were playing the Falcons, but you can't discount the job they've done all season long.
Incredibly, this was my first chance to actually "see" the Steelers in live action since the week 1 Browns game. We live in Ohio and all we EVER see on TV are Browns games, so we listen to the Steeler game simulcasts on the net. In any case, I LOVE defense, so I was positively euphoric for most of the evening. When Pittsburgh stopped the Turkeys on 4th & goal, my outburst of glee woke up our sleeping bambino (didn't make the Sandstress too happy, but hey, these things happen).
I'm telling you, my bruthas... if that offense ever gels, watch out! The Steelers need to keep that defense intact and put a few players around Kordell in the form of a solid offensive lineman or two (and maybe a big-play threat at wide receiver). We'll rule the world! Think we can talk Swannie out of retirement? He'd probably still be the best receiver on the team, eh?
On another note:
Hey, Boomer Esiason... here's a newsflash for you: THERE ARE 10 OTHER PLAYERS ON THE FIELD BESIDES THE QUARTERBACK. REPEAT, THE QUARTERBACK COMPRISES ONLY 1/11TH OF THE OFFENSE.
I never thought I would look back fondly on the days of Dan Dierdorf. Dierdorf was an idiot, yes, but he was at least he wasn't almost comically fixated on the quarterback. Hey, Boomer, do me a favor... at least once or twice during the course of a three-hour game, you might consider acknowledging that the offensive line plays a role in the success of the offense. The only position Boomer seemed capable on analyzing was QB, and more specifically, Kordell. At times, Boomer ragged on Kordell so pointlessly that I couldn't help but wonder if he was sitting up in the broadcast booth wearing a pillowcase with holes cut in it (just kidding, just kidding... lighten up). Meanwhile, Boomer gushed endlessly over Chris Chandler (who spent most of the night on his ass) like a love-sick school girl. It got so bad at one point, Sandy looked over at me and said, "Those two should get a room."
Did anyone hear even a cursory mention from Boomer about the HORRIBLE job Atlanta's line was doing? Did anyone hear Boomer point out a great block? Did anyone hear Boomer analyze or diagram exactly what Pittsburgh's defense was doing to be so successful? I think I heard him mutter something about the zone-blitz once or twice without much interest, but that was it. I could go on, but I won't... you get my drift. Esiason is a poor man's Phil Simms... he sucks. Ship him back to Cinci where he belongs.
Speaking of bad moves by Monday Night Football, what in the hell is with Leslie Visser's hair??? My son gives a better haircut with his Play-Doh barber shop. Did ABC really ditch Lynn Swann for that bimbo? If I hear her ask one more biting, hard-hitting question like, "Coach, do you think you'll need to score the most points to win?" I'm gonna jump right through the TV screen.
On that note, I'm gone. We've got next week off, just in time to get Dermontti Dawson healed to whip San Fran's sorry butts in a couple of weeks.
Until then, my bruthas!
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