Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell is quickly learning the "here today, gone tomorrow" nature of the NFL.
More like praised and lauded today, buried under a pile of Oakland Raiders tomorrow.
Bell was the bell of the ball after his 93-yard performance against the Baltimore Ravens, but Oakland quickly showed times have changed - 93 yards against the Ravens isn't what it used to be, and running against the Raiders isn't easy. Bell's 24 yards on 13 carries shows evidence behind that statement.
Bell's own words paint the reality behind that 1.8 yards per carry performance.
"Everything they did we saw on film," Bell told Tribune-Review reporter Ray Fittipaldo. "They didn't sell out defensively. We got out-executed, that's all."
It certainly is all. Getting beat on plays is one thing, getting thoroughly manhandled over four quarters, as well as the continued insistence to make that running game work is another. Keep in mind, Bell had one long carry of eight yards, meaning, outside of that earth-scorching mover, he had 12 carries for 16 yards.
Yet, the Steelers had seen everything on film before the game. According to Mike Tomlin's post-game press conference, the Steelers talked often about Terrelle Pryor's ability to run and the zone read option. That didn't prevent LaMarr Woodley from turning his shoulders inside, all but waving a neon sign that read "RUN THIS WAY, TERRELLE!"
Run he did, going 93 yards - or the amount of Bell's heroic game against Baltimore the previous week - on the game's first play.
So much for your running game, Pittsburgh. Pryor, a quarterback who completed 10 passes did enough to win a game based on the first one of that game. Pryor, the quarterback who proved the dysfunction of ESPN's QBR metrics by going 10-for-19 for 88 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions, yet, logged a QBR of 96.2, which was the fourth-highest in the league last week, and seventh-highest in the NFL this season.
Out-executed puts it mildly. Unprepared seems more appropriate. It seems they lost before the ball was snapped, as well as after it.
Preparation for New England in Week 9 is underway from a schematic standpoint now, and film is being watched. It almost seems like hope should rest they do not see certain things New England plans to do. If a team can see what a team is going to do, then encounter it in a game and still be dominated, it doesn't seem to matter what they watch.
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