Thursday, December 10, 2009

Live Blogging: Steelers @ Cleveland

Fourth Quarter
That's the ball game ~ when did we become the Detroit Lions, and what happened to the team that won the Super Bowl nine months ago?

1:48: One timeout left and 40+ yards from the end zone ~ looks promising.

My bad ~ that was the eighth sack of the game.

The Steelers are now on the verge of losing five consecutive games for the first time since 1999 ~ a season in which they lost six consecutive games. In that stretch ten seasons ago the Steelers lost to Cleveland, Cincinnati, Baltimore, and Kansas City amongst others.

Brady Quinn is horrible, which begs the question why doesn't the Steelers' defense have nine defenders in the box on every play? Wildcat or no wildcat, you have to challenge Cleveland.

8:05: Joshua Cribbs runs for a first down, and to quote Tunch Ilkin "How [does the Steelers' defense] not make that play?"

Can the Steelers actually score a touchdown?

Third Quarter
0:12: And the drive falls apart.

0:55: Hey Ben, throw the **** ball!

As the third quarter draws to a close, I have just one question: Where's the no-huddle?

2:15: A Steelers' running back catches a pass!

At this point it seems germane to mention that the Steelers record for most sacks allowed in a game is 12, versus Dallas, on November 20, 1966.

5:45: And it is sack #8.

6:44: On replay it looked like Rashard Mendenhall missed a hole made by Chris Kemoeatu.

7:08: Can't anyone in the Steelers secondary catch the football?

10:10: Chris Jennings, who had 29 yards rushing in the first half gets 15 on his first carry of the second; and Ike Taylor is blocked out of the play by a wide receiver.

10:37: A poor throw, and no help from Santonio. The Steelers are 1-for-8 on third downs. Ben had better try getting some other wideouts involved in the passing game.

12:37: A spectacular catch by Santonio Holmes!!

13:09: Steelers convert their first third down.

An impressive start to the second half.

Second Quarter
0:41: Though they are down by 13 points the Steelers may still come back to win this game. However, I do not care what anyone says ~ this Steelers team has quit. The first half has been an embarrassment.

There is losing, and then there is ~ if Mike Tomlin does not follow through on his threat to change personnel then he is not the coach I thought him to be.

7:24: Ike Taylor surrenders a field goal.

8:36: Someone please explain what Ike Taylor was doing on that play.

9:25: The Outside Linebackers are beginning to warm up.

10:26: Oh my, the offense is dreadful. 0-for-5 on third down.

The highlight of the night (so far): The E*Trade "Shankapotamus" commercial ~ I never get tired of that one.

12:04: A great series for LaMarr Woodley!

13:16: A sack ~ beautiful!

Ben is sacked for the third time ~ at what point do I turn on "The Office"?

First Quarter
0:00: Thus concludes the most boring quarter of Steelers regular season football in a very long time.

1:55: Everyone holds their breath as Ben takes off running.

2:58: I smell desperation in the air.

2:58: The Steelers cannot convert on third down ~ pathetic.

Is it me, or is this the least dynamic game environment for a Steelers contest . . . ever?

3:36: David Johnson drops a pass ~ nothing good has happened yet when the Steelers have thrown the ball.

3:51: Special teams surrender three points.

3:55: LaMarr Woodley misses an opportunity at a turnover.

5:01: Daniel Sepulveda is the only member of the special teams who can tackle.

5:49: What in the world is with the play calling?

7:17: Lawrence Timmons off to a rocky start ~ whiff on the blitz.

7:20: Joe Burnett with one pass defended.

8:35: The Browns are already 2-for-3 on third down ~ Lawrence Timmons has to be aware of the ball and the receiver when he is in coverage.

Third-and-one, and Bruce Arians calls a pass play? Who has a phone number for Charlie Weis?