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January 17, 2019 - 2:35 am
The Steelers came out and shot themselves in the foot a number of times in their loss to the Broncos. The Steelers clearly left about twenty points on the fieldÂ Dermontti Dawson Color Rush JerseyÂ , and thatâ€™s unacceptable. Is this game an anomaly? Yes, it very likely is, but the Steelers have to do everything they can to prevent this from happening again. The Broncos were an opportunistic defense and they deserve credit for capitalizing on the Steelersâ€™ miscues. The Black-and-gold have work to do, but at least we have positive things to reflect on before the Steelers face the Chargers next week at home, which I fully expect them to win. Regardless, with this crushing defeat, here are my nine takeaways from this game:Javon Hargrave is a monsterHargrave had yet another fantastic game this week. He and Cam Heyward were the two best members of this defense today and, even when Stephon Tuitt returns, Hargrave deserves more reps. The guy has had a fantastic last two games and, in his limited reps on the year, has six sacks. Heâ€™s becoming a top NT and truly is showing that he is breaking out. He might want a contract and, the more I watch, the more Iâ€™m inclined to give him that contract.He keeps playing fantastic.Terrell Edmunds is lostNot lost in the sense that heâ€™s a lost cause, but lost in terms of not knowing whatâ€™s going on. Heâ€™s constantly lost, and it wasnâ€™t only in this game either. Edmunds has a real lack of awareness that makes me worry about how good heâ€™ll turn out in the future. He looked rather abysmal today, and I would play Morgan Burnett more in the future. I donâ€™t know why he plays so far off here and then doesnâ€™t even allow himself a way back in. This dudeâ€™s hips are tighter than a war drum. He changes direction so slowly and that trait really worries me overall. Heâ€™s progressed in his learning curve, thereâ€™s no doubt. But I donâ€™t think he needs to be getting as much playing time as he is now.He simply needs the game to be slowed down for him so he can read it better. Thatâ€™s his main issue right now, processing.Chukwuma Okorafor had himself a dayDid he have help? Yes, he did, but I was thoroughly impressed by our third-round rookie Chuks today. He faced a future Hall of Famer in Von Miller and held him in check for all but one play.Lost in all of this frenzy will be the impressive showing by Chuks. Matt Feiler was active, but Okorafor sure handled the speed rush of Von Miller much better. I loved his footwork and hands, it looks like Munchak has honed those skills. Okorafor has legitimate Pro Bowl potential and, as it stands now, it sure looks like heâ€™s well on his way to possibly being the best member of the 2018 draft class. I kinda wanna see him again, as crazy as that sounds.Time to redshirt James WashingtonBrutal. Just brutal.Thatâ€™s how Iâ€™d describe James Washington this season. Listen, Washington isnâ€™t exactly a glove fit for the Steelersâ€™ offense. His style of play doesnâ€™t fit the quick, efficient routes that he needs to run in order to be great in the system. He lacks a wide route tree, and when coming into the NFL, only had about 4 routes. He clearly has expanded thatÂ https://www.steelerssportshop.com/Joe-Greene-JerseyÂ , and it takes time for a guy like him to learn it. The guy just needs to stop playing and learn. And no, I would not play Justin Hunter.Still will never know why he dove, this should be a TD all day. Rookie mistake by Washington.Eli Rogers has more value than you think, and so does Jaylen SamuelsMaybe I am crazy to say this, but I would get Rogers back as soon as possible so I can say deuces to Justin Hunter. The Steelers are clearly best suited using AB, JuJu, and Switzer in 3 WR sets, but Rogers, and right now Samuels, give them more looks to do it out of. Eli Rogers would certainly be a great fourth receiver to have as a chain mover. Switzer can do that, but with no exclusive deep threat (meaning no Washington), having two slot guys is actually incredibly useful. I would use Samuels more as a chain mover and in the red zone. He has made some plays recently, and I think his third down conversion is a case in point of how they should use him.The versatility Rogers and Samuels could bring is far more than one might think. If youâ€™re going to red-shirt Washington, bring Rogers back to provide a legitimate fourth receiving option.The Steelers are their own worst enemiesI like to think of this game as the encapsulation of Artie Burns. The guy was great last year, but this year, had no confidence and has killed himself. I think thatâ€™s what the Steelers did today. Iâ€™ve never seen a team hand the game away more than the Steelers did today. 25 first downs, over 500 yards of offense, and only 17 points because of 4 turnovers. The Grimble fumble was the worst of them all and really caused the team to tumble. Ben forcing passes was no better, and you have to question if these issues will recur.This game cannot be repeated ever again. The Steelers have a lot to learn from and â€” maybe, just maybe â€” it was better to lose before the tough stretch of their season than at any other time. This can be the game you sulk about, or the game you use to propel your season to new heights. James Conner is so valuable56 passes. 56. 11 rushes. 11. Friends, this might be a passing league, but for a team like the Steelers, you still have to run the ball. In their three losses this season, hereâ€™s James Connerâ€™s stat line:KC: Conner 8 carries. 17 yards. BAL: Conner 9 carries. 19 yds. DEN: Conner 11 carries. 53 yds. Why didnâ€™t they feed him more when he was running well this game? I donâ€™t know the answer, but it was their game plan. When Ben has to throw too many times, it usually comes back to burn the Steelers. When Conner is going, this team plays much, much better.Heâ€™s had critical mistakes the past two weeksÂ Hines Ward JerseyÂ , but make no mistake, this guy is about as valuable as they come. To win against the higher caliber of teams theyâ€™ll be facing, the Steelers are going to need to get Conner going. Thatâ€™s a fact and a trend.Coty Sensabaugh…gotta get better A lot of you commented last week that I was preemptive to give Coty Sensabaugh praise, and I am starting to agree with you guys more on that. This is a terrible display by Sensabaugh. He gets burnt on the rushing TD, and he was bad in run defense all day, and he goes and has an attitude like that due to Watt calling him out?That isnâ€™t okay. He allowed the first Denver touchdown as well. When things are going wrong, you just gotta listen to your guys and go back to pick yourself up. It appears Sensabaugh wasnâ€™t doing that.Artie Burns might be bad, but at least he has supported his team. If this keeps up, I would give Sutton and Burns another chance. Sensabaugh canâ€™t let this happen. Donâ€™t worry, theyâ€™ll be fineThis team will bounce back just fine. Iâ€™m telling you they will win next week, theyâ€™ll go to Oakland and win, and maybe theyâ€™ll even beat the Patriots. This game is a learning experience that every good team needs. The Steelers learned from their loss against Baltimore, coming back to rattle off six straight wins. Mike Tomlin uses these losses to make a statement and learn from it. The Steelers will bounce back and be stronger. The sky isnâ€™t falling yet, trust me on that. Appearing on on his weekly radio segment for 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday morning, Ben Roethlisberger had plenty to say about the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 12 loss. From questioning the play-calling in the final seconds of the game, to Antonio Brownâ€™s inability to run a route properly, Big Ben was quick to point a number of mistake he believed were made on Sunday. However, it was interesting to note that he had no real problems with the two interceptions he threw against the Denver Broncos. In response to questions about his own turnovers, the Steelersâ€™ quarterback made no apologies for the part he played in losing the game.While self-confidence is an important trait for any successful NFL quarterback, it is hard to overlook the number of interceptions Roethlisberger has put up this season. Tied for second in the league at 12 with Ryan Fitzpatrick and just behind rookie Sam Darnold (14), Big Ben also leads the NFL in redzone turnovers with four. As Jeremy Fowler of ESPN notes, Big Ben has thrown a frightening number of interceptions over the last few year when compared to his peers, but it is hard to question his win rate, even in games when he has thrown multiple picks. On course to record the second highest number of interceptions he has ever given away in a season, beating the total of 16 he threw in 2015, Roethlisberger is thankfully unlikely to eclipse his record of 23 from 2006. His picks have also come in bunches in 2018, with eight coming in just three games and only one of those matchups ended in a Pittsburgh victory. Facing a tough schedule over the remaining five weeks of the season, the Steelers will be hoping to see more of the quarterback who only threw four interceptions between Weeks 2 and 10 than the one they have been seeing as of late.
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