Steelers News: Tomlin, Roethlisberger, clock


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The Steelers have a quick turnaround from their Monday Night Football victory over the San Diego Chargers to prepare for the Arizona Cardinals to come to town. While the team turns their sights towards game-planning against Bruce Arians we’ll be looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Wednesday, Oct. 14



Ask my mom

Mike Tomlin and the Steelers made a gutsy call on the final play of the 24-20 win over the Chargers by sending Le’Veon Bell in to receive a direct snap in the wild-cat formation with the intentions on him running the ball in for the game-winning touchdown as opposed to attempting a game-tying field goal.

Bob Labriola has Tomlin’s comments from his Tuesday presser on how taking risks like that is just part of who he is.

"“I’ve always kind of been that guy. Ask my mom, she’ll tell you. You have to have the courage of your convictions. You can miss a lot of life just hesitating, or not taking calculated risks associated with chasing greatness or living out your dreams. I’ve always been one to try to do that. I’ve always been one to try to encourage those around me to do that.” – Mike Tomlin"

Can you imagine the outrage if Bell was stopped for good on that first try and didn’t go outside for the open hole? My god.

Coach Ben

We saw last night that Michael Vick gave credit to Ben Roethlisberger for the 72-yard touchdown pass he threw to Markus Wheaton late in the game. Roethlisberger joined the Cook and Poni Show on 93.7 The Fan for his normal Tuesday spot and confirmed that he was a part of the play-calling on the sidelines.

"“I just knew that Mike really likes, in all our conversations, to get out of the pocket. And so that’s kind of what happened on that play to Markus. We go over and Coach Haley, myself, Randy, Landry, we start talking about what plays can we get him moving and get him out of the pocket and give him an opportunity to run if it’s not there and we can up with that play.” – Ben Roethlisberger"

 Their bad

Ray Fittipaldo of the PPG explains that as the Steelers fell to 20-17 after the Chargers’ 54-yard field goal, the ensuing kickoff by Josh Lambo resulted in a touchback. That should have stopped the clock at 2:56, but it kept moving all the way down to 2:38 when the Steelers ran their first play from scrimmage.

The NFL admitted in a statement on Tuesday that an error by the clock operator cause 18 seconds to tick off of the game clock.

"“With 2:56 remaining in the fourth quarter, San Diego kicked off to Pittsburgh. The kick resulted in a touchback. By rule, the game clock does not start if the receiving team possesses the ball in the end zone and does not carry it into the field of play. Because of an error by the clock operator, the game clock was incorrectly started before the Steelers’ first play from scrimmage following the touchback. That first down snap came with 2:38 left to play instead of 2:56, a difference of 18 seconds.” – NFL Spokesman Michael Signora"

So, to sum up the Steelers’ road trips so far we have Patriots radio network broadcasts in the Steelers’ headsets, the turf in St. Louis lit on fire and 18 seconds missing in San Diego. I wonder what awaits them on their next road trip.

Next: Steelers vs. Cardinals: Tomlin Tuesday

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