Hindsight is usually more accurate than foresight but not as valuable (or impressive). Even so, here's a few thoughts
- Saw this on Steelers' Lounge and had to agree. Was it really worth paying a combined $110.5 million for Woodley and Timmons while staffing 3/5ths of the interior O-line with cast offs and very marginal talent?
- Still on the line theme...this O-line does not have the ability to give Ben the time he obviously thinks he needs. Either that, or the routes are taking too long to develop. Why not call some roll outs to move Ben out of the bull's eye and put pressure on the D for a change? If Ben can't go against the Titans, ditto for Dixon (because C Batch or D Dixon won't survive in the pocket if Ben can't).
- Yes, the team gave up too many yards on the ground, but this was a win-able game. For those who wonder why the same plays keep being called again and again (while tidal waves of bodies are falling on Ben), I agree. Twice in the fourth quarter, the team clawed hard for good field position only to be swamped by pressure. I can't help but believe this team has the talent to turn slants, hook & go's, real screens (not the naked lateral throws to receivers behind the line that Arians seems to love), etc. into big gainers.
- As negative as the above sounds, I still think this team has the potential to right the ship. ..but change nothing and nothing changes. Arians' offense is great if Ben has time to find a target and runners have room to run. However, there can be no doubt this is not the case, nor will this change since quality linemen who should have jobs already do, I therefore suggest the immediate fix should be to involve run-and-shoot or wildcat elements for the reasons mentioned.