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The Pittsburgh Steelers ‘Bonehead’ decision of the week, 49ers Edition

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A new feature on BTSC gives fans an arena to let their displeasure be known about one specific facet of the game that was.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have had their share of ‘bonehead’ decisions throughout their 0-3 start to the 2019 season. Every game, even games where the Steelers pull out the ‘W’, have their moments where fans are scratching their heads regarding a specific decision.

The overall crux of this article was built around the fact of giving fans a chance to have a space where they can put their collective heads together and try and figure out what went wrong, and why it went down the way it did.

After the 24-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, there were a lot of decisions which were made that could be viewed as ‘boneheaded’. For me, the most egregious was the team’s decision to not give Jaylen Samuels the ball even once.

Whether this decision was by design, or just happenstance, it left me scratching my head. Benny Snell Jr. registered three carries, and Samuels didn’t even get a carry or reception? On a day when the team could use the versatility of Samuels, they chose to not use it at all.

I decided to reach out to Dave Schofield and BTSC podcaster Lance Williams regarding their bonehead decisions of Week 3. See what they had to say:

Dave Schofield

“Running a very similar offensive game plan thinking it would work. Mason Rudolph isn’t Ben Roethlisberger. Trying to get him to run the offense like Ben won’t get it done. The way Ben runs the offense results in a weaker run game. Can’t do that with Rudolph at the helm. The team only ran 5 plays under center vs. the 49ers — 9.8%. Why?!”

Lance Williams

“The Steelers defense has given up the big play a ridiculous amount of times this 2019 regular season. The defense has allowed 12.5 yards per attempt, and an average passer rating of 113.5. Just against New England they gave up 10 plays of more than 10 yards...10. Where are the adjustments? I know this is about more than Week 3, but the entire season has been one boneheaded decision after the next.”


It is here where you, the reader, gets to voice your concern/anger with something the Steelers did, or didn’t do, from the week that was! Let us know your bonehead decision of the week in the comment section below!