After a moment of silence for David DeCastro as Steeler Nation await with baited breath for the MRI results today, I had some thoughts on the game. We can start with the injury, many people think that the injury problem could be a coaching issue or strength and conditioning issue. Some just think its plain bad luck. I think its due to poor offensive line play. When offensive linemen get pushed back into other linemen its a result of bad technique, bad bend, bad footwork, and being weak and slow. If the offensive linemen was using the technique taught to him and had the strength and talent to carry that technique out, he would not be pushed back so far. At least thats how I reason it. As for the injuries, I think we all can agree that the knee was not made to bend that far backwards with that amount of force pressing down on it. Its only natural there would be damaage.
The defense, after getting ran through the first two possessions started to step things up. Timmons forced fumble was a great play and gave the offense great field position after not being past the 50 all game. Its amazing how turnovers changes games. I think anyone who was worried about Redman's injury was calmed to see him busting through the line for a touchdown. I thought it was a good sign too that the offensive line was starting to get it's legs under it and holding its ground allowing Redman to get a head of steam.
I can say with certainty, I like Haley's offense better than Arians. The play designs are much better and the rhythm is better. It looked like there was some disagreement with Ben and Haley on the last drive of the first half. But I think they will get things worked out, nothing to be concerned about right now. If the line can go without sustaining any more injuries, the combo of Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace will have defensive coordinator's heads spinning this season. I was really disappointed with the defensive line as they allowed to themselves to be single blocked which of course allows the opponents offensive line to get to the linebackers. Fred Jackson had some big runs and a great YPC with 4.9 and Tashard Choice YPC of 7.1.
We can't allow those type of numbers and be successful on defense. The defensive line needs to be quicker off the ball and drive their man backwards forcing a double team. Everything starts there, the linebackers, the secondary all depend on the defensive line consuming blocks. Troy took some bad angles on a couple plays but did get an interception against Vince Young, so he really didn't do anything all day. I'm not exactly sure how good this defense is going to be but I just can't see it dominating like we are used to seeing. Its going to take Woodley and Harrison getting great pressure on QBs, hopefully Woodley has been sandbagging these games.
I doubt we keep Hrappman, he has done well but if Suisham contract is guaranteed then it doesn't make sense. Essex is assured of making the team now and we'll probably keep 9 offensive linemen now. All in all, mix reviews from the game, the offensive and defensive lines have room for improvement but Ben looks good and thats what we wanted to see. I don't take too much from the score since it was only 14-7 at half and it appears that our scoring in the second half came against Buffalo's second string. You can list your thoughts here.