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7 and 9

I picked the Steelers for a losing 7 and 9 season. Had them 0 and 3 and then mercifully a win in London over Minn. Hopefully I'll be right. Ben has given several games away, through interceptions on last crucial drives, and pick 6's. Last night against the Bears was perhaps his worst performance ever. Last season and now this season he is not the Big Ben we were used to seeing. Albeit our 'O' line is dreadful, but he played well in past years with a questionable line, and even won a superbowl with one not-so-good line. Here's my take for what it's worth: 1-Pass protection is iffy at best---throw shorter, quick passing routes. Roll the QB out. Try not to be in the same spot every passing down. 2-Dance with the ones that brung ya---Don't have tight ends blocking, who can't block. Don't have slow running backs or wide receivers trying to get around the outside or running reverses. You know the talents of each player and their weaknesses, put them positions to succeed not fail. 3-Ben has got to get the ball out quicker. Everyone says he can scramble and make a play, and sometimes he can, but I think on balance we suffer more for it in sacks, fumbles, and injuries, than we benefit. Ben is big and strong, but his mobility is not what it once was, and I don't want to see him get hurt. In the NFL you have about 3 secs to throw the ball on average, we need more passing plays called to achieve that. 4- I do not believe it is any coincidence that our offensive tailspin began with the arrival of Todd Haley. Whatever offensive scheme he has is not working. He gotta go. Now. 5-Mike Tomlin's teams often do not appear well prepared for games. I can point to those really awful teams we seem to lose to every year, when we should win in a blow out. Something is wrong there and Tomlin is the only one to fix it. He must do it now. 6-Our defense has played well enough for us to have won most or our last 9 losses. They cannot be expected to either pitch a shut out, or be on the field for the largest portion of the game. Still bleeding Black and Gold after 64 years. .

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