So the Steelers sucked hard Sunday afternoon... Talk in the town is rampant about how hated Cowher is right now, and I agree he has to shoulder a lot of the blame at the moment, but at the same time the Steelers are a hurting team from the QB down to the line...
The Steelers played well in some respects Sunday but they abandoned the run, Willie Parker was a joke and he really shouldn't be their go-to guy. I'd still be seeing what Bettis can deliver to you or Staley, and let Parker serve his purpose as a back-up. He's not the end-all RB this team sometimes treats him like, and his fumbles just reinforced that.
Roethlisberger threw so much you almost hate to criticize him on the Int's, but at the same time they were dumbass throws that he knows better than to make and if his thumb was the cause then that just reinforces my point about dropping the running game as they did.
The D didn't look horrible given the way the game played out, but the O line failed at times, again, and mostly for the running game but Ben was on his back a bit too often. They've needed to step it up for 3 games straight and didn't so that's disconcerting. A lack of pressure on Cincy was disappointing from our D, but they were trying and getting him sometimes... Our secondary was next scariest to the Oline then.
Lots and lots of talk of the Steelers not even making it... Lots thinking in town right now that they could lose a lot of their next times, if not all of them. The more respected voices (IMO) are saying they'll lose 1 or 2 more, but not all... They could win all their final games if they'd get healthy and step it up though. They can do this, just a matter if will they or not.
Good game though, just painful to watch at times and I'm sick of Cowher's post-game conferences where he acts like an indignant prick about answering the TOUGH questions he SHOULD be answering. To me he owes some explanations, that's his job if he isn't winning, so the arrogance he's exuded these last couple games... Like it pains him to do that press conference, so he's just gonna be short and snide. What a peckerhead. It pained us to watch the Steelers lose a 3rd game in a row, so to me he needs to be a little more civil.