The good, the bad and the ugly from the Steelers loss against the Patriots
The Steelers coaching staff were seemingly befuddled against the Patriots.
For whatever reason, the Steelers have been unable to beat the Patriots in Foxborough for as long as I can remember. Is this coaching, it is personnel, is it schematic or are the Steelers intimidated by the Patriots?
I don’t know the answer to the aforementioned questions. It could be all, some or none of those theories I postulated. It could just come down to coaching in the sense that the coaches truly don’t have a feel for the strengths and weaknesses of the players.
I am no football genius, but if the strength of my offense is my quarterback, I am going to do everything I can to let him call the plays with which he feels comfortable and to let him tell me what’s working and what’s not.
That is not to say that did not happen in the Patriots game, but I think we all know that Ben is at his best when the Steelers go to a no-huddle offense. On the defensive side of the ball, we just flat out looked lost. It appeared that the players were lining up, but weren’t really sure about assignments, etc.
All of this comes down to preparedness; the Steelers were simply unprepared and got shellacked because of it. That is ugly; it can not continue. If it does, Steelers fans will be in for a long season.