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Steelers age shows up at wrong time

Denver Broncos' Thomas pushes off defender Pittsburgh Steelers' Taylor on his way to scoring the winning touchdown in overtime during their NFL AFC wildcard playoff football game in Denver Reuters

Way back before the season even started, we wondered aloud about the age of the Steelers defense.

After the team lost in Week 1, Warren Sapp said the following about Pittsburgh’s crew: “Old, slow, and it’s over.”

In the weeks to follow, the Steelers defense seemed to answer any doubts. They finished first in the league in yards allowed, and first in passing yards allowed. They helped Pittsburgh win 12 games.

On Sunday in Denver, that same defense looked old once again.

Stalwart defensive linemen Casey Hampton and Brett Keisel both left the game with injuries. You can say that injuries are simply bad luck, but the reality is that all three of Pittsburgh’s Week 1 starting defensive linemen (including Aaron Smith) didn’t contribute against the Broncos.

At linebacker, James Farrior and James Harrison were not big difference makers. At cornerback, Ike Taylor was beaten soundly many times by Demaryius Thomas. Safety Troy Polamalu didn’t make one of his trademark game-changing plays.

There were other factors that hurt Pittsburgh than age. It was bad luck that Ryan Clark missed the game because of his sickle cell disease and his absence really hurt.  LaMarr Woodley wasn’t 100%, but he’s not exactly a graybeard.

On top of the defensive problems, injuries to center Maurkice Pouncey, Ben Roethlisberger, and running back Rashard Mendenhall were all factors in Pittsburgh’s loss.

The biggest factor, however, was the defense. The top-ranked pass defense in the league completely collapsed against the 31st passing attack. They lacked discipline and explosion. They didn’t get a single quarterback hit on Tim Tebow, much less a sack.

This Steelers defense is far from “over” but there’s no denying they are in transition. Many of their best players are on the downside of their career.

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  1. reedcarefully says: Jan 8, 2012 10:15 PM

    Steeler Nation can at least be proud of the year it had. Roethlisberger showed his
    toughness, playing 2-3 games on a badly injured ankle. Losing Mendenhall
    ended up being a huge problem, even though Redmon had a good game and gave
    everything he had in defeat. I guess this was Hines Ward’s last game, and what a
    loss that will be for the Steelers from a leadership standpoint. Polamalu, too, may
    elect to retire, and there’s no shame in that. If only Center Maurkice Pouncey had
    returned from injury, this game may have had a different outcome? No one can be
    sure, I guess.

    So for Steeler fans, I guess they’ll have to find solace in the positives, great WR’s
    under the great OC Bruce Arians, who in my opinion is the best offensive coordinator in the AFC. I’m surprised he wasn’t mentioned as a possibility in
    Kansas City to take over for Crennel?

  2. indyseriesnick says: Jan 8, 2012 10:15 PM

    time to draft, sign, and develop some young players from the draft and free agency

    so you can take advantage of the age:
    experience to the young ones

  3. nogoodell says: Jan 8, 2012 10:15 PM

    The NFL needs to fix this home game scenario situation.

  4. driverjim says: Jan 8, 2012 10:16 PM

    Well, age might have something to do with it. Morale and motivation goes a long way too.

    Once the long-ball was established, the Steelers lost confidence in themselves. At one point I remember Dave Logan/Brian Griese saying that Ike Taylor was looking at his bench with his arms up in a “WTF are we doing?” pose.

    Well, at least they can’t blame the weather here in Denver.

  5. toad8572 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:45 PM

    certainly you’re entitled to your biased opinion; however, the story of the game is Tebow can pass when the boss takes off the training wheels.

    On the final play of the game, LeBeau had 10 players committed to the run, hardly balanced. They gambled and lost. Belichick won’t bet that Tebow can’t pass.

    Maybe, underestimating your opponent is more of the problem than the age of the defensive players.

  6. ProFootballTalkSucks says: Jan 8, 2012 10:47 PM

    Watch the replays of the game. Holding on nearly every Tebow dropback. The one time when they did get a hit on him it was roughing the passer.

  7. vincentbojackson says: Jan 8, 2012 10:49 PM

    Age had nothing to do with it when they rolled up 12 wins. The Broncos were simply the better team today against a team dealing with 5 defensive starters out of the lineup for all or parts of the game.

    Why is it so hard for anyone to tip their cap to the Tebow and the Broncos?

  8. binarybulge says: Jan 8, 2012 10:51 PM

    nogoodell says:
    Jan 8, 2012 10:15 PM
    The NFL needs to fix this home game scenario situation.

    Do you mean the fact that the 12-4 Steelers had to go away for this game? And the league needs to tweak the rules to ensure an easier playoff scenario for your beloved Steelers?

    Can’t win your division = no home game. Baltimore 35-7 and 23-20. That’s why they ended up in Denver.

  9. kilo0986 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:51 PM

    True story unfortunately, but a healthy Ben would have covered up a lot of the defensive mistakes that happened

  10. danni31 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:51 PM

    Every team in the NFL knows to attack the Steelers secondary because they suck. They haven’t been good since Rod Woodson played. The players I would like to see leave this team are: Foote, Farrior, Legursky, Taylor, Gay, Hoke, Smith, Colon, Hampton, McFadden. They also need to get rid of Bruce Arians. His offensive play calling is sub-par at best. Hopefully, they address their Offensive line and Secondary issues in the off season.

  11. samoanjungle says: Jan 8, 2012 10:55 PM

    I hate the Steelers but they did finish first in Defense so the “Old” claim doesn’t hold water.
    Injuries killed them.
    The refs tried to save them again but to no avail.

  12. jc1958cool says: Jan 8, 2012 10:55 PM

    steelers lost because tomlin didn’t rest injured players! have to be healthy, big ben should of sat the 9er’s game

  13. ace3hundred says: Jan 8, 2012 10:56 PM

    nogoodell says:Jan 8, 2012 10:15 PM

    The NFL needs to fix this home game scenario situation.

    ———————————————————-

    Win the division and you will have a home game. There is nothing wrong with the system.

  14. bigbeefyd says: Jan 8, 2012 10:56 PM

    reedcarefully says:
    Jan 8, 2012 10:15 PM
    Steeler Nation can at least be proud of the year it had.

    Except for the part where they lost in the playoffs to a 9 point underdog….

  15. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:57 PM

    The headline should have been…”Ryan Clark didn’t show up….at the wrong time.”

    If Ryan Clark plays, the Steelers win…Props to Tebow, though.

  16. roamingabriel says: Jan 8, 2012 10:57 PM

    The fact of the matter is that John Fox took Carolina to the SB. He knows what he’s doing.

    That experience is priceless!

  17. jomiku says: Jan 8, 2012 10:57 PM

    I saw a lot of bad defensive positioning in the secondary, mostly by the safeties. It’s not possible to tell whether that was the play calling or the individual choices made by the players. The defense often had 11 players up with no one deep. Polamalu was often way out of position, biting on every possible run and ignoring receivers. On one of the long completions, he ran forward when just staying in position would have made the play. On others, he seemed more intent on busting a play or trying to make an interception than in being in position. I couldn’t tell if they were guessing too much or taking the Broncos too lightly or both.

  18. objectivenflfan says: Jan 8, 2012 10:58 PM

    They were playing backups in multiple spots. A lot of their guys were dinged up too. But what playoff team isn’t? How about last years Superbowl champs – the Green Bay Packers? There were at least 15 IR’s that year. Age does make a difference, but that’s one of the main reasons “experts” picked them to beat the Broncos today.

    “They’ve been there before.” “#43 will be Tebow’s worst nightmare.” But when they don’t show up, “The’re just too old.” Sure – what I saw today was a motivated QB who “let it rip,” and tore the #1 defense apart. How about Denver’s All-Pro RG who broke his leg last week, or Brian Dawkins out with a career threatening injury. Champ’s old, so is Goodman.

    Give credit where credit is due, the Steelers were outplayed today by a much fired up Denver team. You couldn’t write a better book – next week versus McDaniels and the Pats. It will be all over the media, but why shouldn’t it be?

  19. pfii63 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:00 PM

    To all the Steelers fans, all I can say is….

    Muhahahahahahahaha!

    That… and watch the Patriots take care of business next week.

  20. johntonioholmes says: Jan 8, 2012 11:02 PM

    LeBeau called a terrible game.

    He rarely blitzed, unless he was stopping the run, and his D couldn’t get pressure with a 4 man rush. You can’t give any QB, even a pretty bad one that much time to throw

    Ike Taylor looked like he was throwing the game actually. He didn’t ever look that bad covering Andre Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald this year, and let’s face it: those guys are great receivers while this guy in Denver…I think you get the picture.

    It was just an all around bad game. I actually predicted a Denver win, and I’m a Steelers fan (believe me, just because I was right, doesn’t make me happy).

    Team generally fix all of their problems in time for the Steelers. Denver fixed their o-line problems from the last three weeks. Tebow fixed his turnover problem. That’s just the way it goes.

    I can’t stand all of the Tebow hype, but I would love nothing more than to see Denver take out NE and Baltimore. Unfortunately, Denver will lose by 30 or more points next week.

    You heard the prediction here first, and as I already demonstrated, I can predict the future.

  21. fittytuckin says: Jan 8, 2012 11:02 PM

    Somebody is losing their virginity tonight!

  22. ravenator says: Jan 8, 2012 11:03 PM

    These excuses are so pathetic. It’s truly comical. Cue the would’ve could’ve should’ve from Steeler nation

  23. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 8, 2012 11:04 PM

    My posts aren’t posting?

    Apparently, razzing Steeler Nation isn’t allowed?

  24. ravenator says: Jan 8, 2012 11:04 PM

    Ravens > Steelers

  25. footballisking says: Jan 8, 2012 11:05 PM

    Going to have to disagree with you there gregg your argument holds zero water

  26. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:08 PM

    It’s unfortunate for Ryan Clark that he couldnt play. Gotta feel bad for him. He would have made a difference.

  27. binarybulge says: Jan 8, 2012 11:09 PM

    Good lord @ the excuses in this thread.

    “The NFL needs to fix this home game scenario situation.” “Holding on nearly every Tebow dropback.” “a healthy Ben would have covered up a lot of the defensive mistakes that happened” “If Ryan Clark plays, the Steelers win”

    Steelers fans have to be the most classless and entitled in the world. You wonder why so many people hate you. YOU LOST. Accept it. Go get your “one for the other thumb” tats recolored or something. Might I suggest a little purple, to signify your sour grapes.

  28. whodeybengalsfan says: Jan 8, 2012 11:13 PM

    The Steelers’ problem tonight wasn’t what showed up (age), it’s what didn’t show up (e.g, any sort of pass defense).

  29. pudgalvin says: Jan 8, 2012 11:14 PM

    I had very little interest in this game, but I’m kinda with a few Steelers fans here. If the refs call half the horribly obvious holds in this game, the Broncos get about 10 points. I’ve honestly never seen anything like it. Dudes getting dragged down by their collars 3 feet directly in front of the refs and no calls. Perhaps it’s just calls evening out for Steeler nation.

  30. blitzburgh43 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:19 PM

    I don’t see any excuses, only facts.

    The Steelers were the favorite to win this game for good reason. Sometimes, especially in the playoffs, it’s not the better team that wins, it’s the healthiest.

    And to all of you who seem to expect that the Steelers are going to win the superbowl every year…thanks for your support.

  31. mthoover says: Jan 8, 2012 11:20 PM

    The comment about Bruce Arians from reedcarefully is way off base.

    I’m a huge Kansas City Chiefs fan who has lived in Pittsburgh for the last 10 years. There are two things you stated that are mind-boggling:

    1. Bruce Arians is the best OC in the AFC. In Pittsburgh, he’s hated. He hasn’t received a sniff as a HC candidate. He’s in position because he and Roethlisberger are tight.

    2. Arians’ name hasn’t been mentioned ANYWHERE I’ve read – and I read closely – in connection with the HC job in KC.

    Craziness.

  32. fittytuckin says: Jan 8, 2012 11:20 PM

    @raiderlyfe510

    Ahhhh no. Ryan Clarke is average at best

  33. steelersdefense says: Jan 8, 2012 11:21 PM

    The old and slow bit is getting old. Injuries were a factor sure, but all teams deal with them. In the end, this game was lost in part because of LeBeau’s inability/refusal to adjust. ALL 11 men were withing 4 yards of the line of scrimmage on that TD pass that ended the game. How many long passes need to be completed before you realize that man converage is not working. Tebow was 10/31 for 316. You dared him to beat you with the pass and he did. Why the felt the need to load up that much to stop the run bewilders me. Give Tebow credit, he stepped up! It’s always good to be a Steelers fan. They will be back and one of the favorites next year. Facts are facts.

  34. yboa1 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:21 PM

    The Donkeys had some injury issues too. They just won the lucky draw this game.

  35. heisthejuan says: Jan 8, 2012 11:22 PM

    For those saying it was injuries and not age, just look at the ages of all the guys who had to leave the game today. A football season is a war of attrition. Older guys have a tough time getting through it.

  36. t16rich says: Jan 8, 2012 11:22 PM

    Does Decker injury open up a possibilty for the Broncos to sign Jesus to play WR?

  37. ace3hundred says: Jan 8, 2012 11:24 PM

    Everybody has injuries to deal with this time of year. Ben being hobbled was the biggest one for the Steelers, but they have nobody to blame but themselves. He should have never played @ San Francisco & again in week 17 against the Browns.

    A healthy Ben on the road is capable of taking them to the dance.

    As for injuries Denver too was missing their best interior offensive lineman in kuper, a good rb in Knowshon, their best saftey in Dawkins, They lost Decker early in the game, & Von Miller is playing with 1 hand.

    Next man up!!!

  38. eleventyeight says: Jan 8, 2012 11:26 PM

    My Steelers literally stumbled into DEN on hobbled knees and busted shoulders and tweaked ankles and blood conditions and sad hearts knowing thyeir RBs coach Kirby Wilson was put into a coma to help him recover from burns on 50%+ of his body.

    The refs weren’t making calls that benefitted us. Our passes flew too high and too low. Our running was consisten, but was the only part of the offense that was. Our WRs missed a couple catches; others were poorly thrown by a semi-gimped QB.

    Our best remaining defensive linemen were injured and out of the game in the first few series, leaving rookies and backups to maintain the standfard, which they mostly did.

    Only Ike and Gay stayed on their islands, albeit w/o ANY real help from the front seven. As such neither corner was able to be effective.

    Top it all off with Tebow suddenly channeling John effing Elway and we have the making of an unwinnable Pittsburgh Steelers playoff game.

    Congrats to Tebow and Co.! My you go far. If you ask nicely, Coach LeBeau might have some interesting tape to show ya on that guy Brady. Beat him, Tim, and I’m with ya the rest of the way in!!!

    tobiathan

  39. thatdudewiththemarauder says: Jan 8, 2012 11:28 PM

    I love seeing Ike(I need Troy and Ryan) Taylor get beat!!! He thinks he is a top corner, but he just got oo-teeeeeeeeeeeeeee-Bo!!

  40. eleventyeight says: Jan 8, 2012 11:29 PM

    And Denver fans- don’t start with the “classless” stuff. Be as gracious in success as you expect us to be in failure, huh?

  41. steelerhatersarelosers says: Jan 8, 2012 11:32 PM

    @binarybulge don’t group every Steelers fan together. Thats as classless as your tattoo comment. I don’t care if u think “everyone hates” all Steelers Fans and I never wonder why… It’s jealousy that Steeler Nation is loud and proud. But this Steeler Fan will not make excuses for our loss. We got best plain and simple and I’m ok with that. Feel free to rage on…

  42. reedcarefully says: Jan 8, 2012 11:32 PM

    I’m surprised that no one deciphered the secret message in my post (the 1st post in this thread).

  43. briscocountyjr says: Jan 8, 2012 11:32 PM

    reedcarefully says:
    Jan 8, 2012 10:15 PM
    Steeler Nation can at least be proud of the year it had. Roethlisberger showed his
    toughness, …”

    What a load of $h!t!! Roethlisberger’s ankle was nowhere near as bad as he said (notice him jogging to the ref after one particular play). Nice “prefabricated excuse” for not being able to make the plays.

    I’m tire of hearing about his so-called injuries as though no other players have them or play tough through them.

  44. normswifevera says: Jan 8, 2012 11:34 PM

    A week ago, playing at home in a “win and you’re in” game, the Broncos scored a whopping 3 points. And those points only came after a muffed punt gave them the ball well within field goal range.

    The postgame story shouldn’t be about age or injuries. It should be about Dick LeBeau’s arrogance and outright refusal to follow the blueprint that had been mapped out for him.

  45. timrush says: Jan 8, 2012 11:39 PM

    Attention Steeler Fans: YOU complain about the Denver offensive line holding? What do you call the performance by the Pittsburgh offensive line? I realize that holding happens on every play of every game, but officials are supposed to call it when they see it.

    Bottom line: Steelers were banged up, played a bad game. Win your division, you get a home game. The Steelers will re-tool and be back. That’s the way it always works.

    I have no dog in this fight as the Redskins are long gone. I think it’s going to be a Packers-Patriots Super Bowl in Indianapolis. I HAVE to root for the NFC. Go Pack!

  46. myersm531 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:40 PM

    Before anybody else says something negative about the steelers just think of the rings we have compared to your team. And the guy that posted the ravens> steelers comment must must have just started watching the NFL

  47. reedhof20 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:42 PM

    Purple sounds about right

  48. adamj898 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:44 PM

    Wow. This is one of the stupidest, most extreme, and most classic posts I’ve ever seen. Let it be noted that I am a HUGE Ravens fan and am ecstatic that the Steelers lost. But, what on earth are you guys talking about? They lost because Ben Rothlisberger, one the best QB’s in the league was limping around on basically a broken ankle – and they still went 12-4. After the Ravens thumped the Steelers 35-7 in the opening week, everyone goes the Steelers are done. Done? Is that why they finished #1 yes #1 on Defense! And, now they have to reassess? Are you guys crazy? When did ProFootball Talk become a Rick Cimini Special on the Ups and Downs of the Jets. I love Sanchez. I hate Sanchez. I love Ryan. I hate Ryan. A real football fan looks at a full season and is objectively honest. I hate the Steelers, trust me, but when Ben’s ankle heels, you’ll see the scrambling two time Super Bowl animal who’ll beat the junk out of most teams.

  49. Henry says: Jan 8, 2012 11:45 PM

    Ariens the best OC in the AFC? Are you kidding me? The Steelers were 22nd in the league in the only stat that matters, points scored.
    Get a clue!

  50. ProDolphinsTalk says: Jan 8, 2012 11:46 PM

    Tebow is legit and people can’t stand it. It was the Playoffs and it was the Steelers but still no credit; just excuses for the Steelers. Not many QB’s in the league could have done what he did today.

  51. ramofsteel says: Jan 8, 2012 11:49 PM

    I am a proud Steeler fan. This 2011 team didn’t have “it” like they did in 2008. It sucks, but for the Steelers a 12-4 year and losing in the playoffs w/ so many injuries, it was a good year. Only winning a SB = great year.

  52. habsman says: Jan 8, 2012 11:49 PM

    The Steelers defense was screwed once they were prevented from spearing defenseless players in the head. Remember all the crying over the fines and penalties?

    Also, they were the only team in the NFL to vote against the CBA. Some say it was because of mandatory HGH testing.

  53. Henry says: Jan 8, 2012 11:50 PM

    “Maybe, underestimating your opponent is more of the problem than the age of the defensive players”
    .
    It’s called arrogance. They were supposed to win by a mile, right.
    As you said, Bellichick won’t take any chances, like the Steelers did on that one-play overtime score. Fools!

  54. jleone71 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:54 PM

    Steelers lost because they underestimated passing game and never adjusted. Can’t let long get pass win it like they did. Poor defensive scene on that play, embarrassing really.

  55. halftermguv says: Jan 8, 2012 11:56 PM

    So in the present system where a team loses three straight games to finish 8-8 and backs into a division title gets to host a 12-4 team and there’s no questions allowed? Really….reseeding at seasons end has been discussed by sports writers for over a decade, not a recent development by Steelers fans.

    Classless? You mean like booing your starting QB, right Denver fans. Better yet cheering when your starting QB is carried of the field as did Ravens fans did for Kyle Boller.

    I know when my team has been out-coached and out-played and both occured today.

  56. johntonioholmes says: Jan 9, 2012 12:00 AM

    ravenator

    Come on man. How good would Baltimore be playing without Ngata, Redding, Cody, Reed, Rice, McKinnie, and Yanda, and playing with an injured Suggs and Flacco?

    Don’t get me wrong: Denver outplayed Pittsburgh in every way.

    But lets not act like Baltimore (or any other team) couldn’t have lost to Denver too, if they were playing without so many key players.

    And I give Denver all of the credit for being ready to play after everyone predicted a loss for them.

    But they should be able to beat any team with as many injuries in key positions.

  57. djstat says: Jan 9, 2012 12:02 AM

    Steeler fans: Stop Whining crying and complaining. Every team has injuries, every team has issues. You beat up on soft teams all year and LOST to good teams. Bottom line your record made you seem better then you were. Now do the world a favor Steeler fans, SHUT UP

  58. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Jan 9, 2012 12:08 AM

    Whaa..whaa! Gotta love it!

  59. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 9, 2012 12:11 AM

    Tebow rules!!!!! Steelers are done for next decade! u had a good run!!!! Bengals and browns own the afc north for years to come!!!!!

  60. dienavinjohnson says: Jan 9, 2012 12:22 AM

    The Steelers got a lot of breaks from the refs today. I counted at least 3 facemask penalties that weren’t called. The backwards incomplete pass (aka fumble) that was called a forward pass and was unreviewable as the ref blew the whistle immediately, the TD that they gave to Pittsburgh when the runner’s knee was down and the ball wasn’t over the goaline, were all bad calls that went for Pittsburgh.

    The thing that they couldn’t overcome was the thin air. My house is at 600 feet above sea level. I was driving a friend’s car to Phoenix for him and stopped in Grants, New Mexico for the night. That town is 6500 feet above sea level. I got exhausted walking from my hotel to a bar across the street.

    There is 16% less oxygen available at 5280 feet (the elevation of “Sponsor of The Week” at Mile High Stadium in Denver today), than there is at 221 feet above sea level (the elevation of Heinz Field.) That will definitely take a toll on you if your body hasn’t adapted to the altitude by producing more hemoglobin. It will be exacerbated if you are older. So, old + altitude = talent equalizer.

    The Patriots won by 18 last time they played the Broncos, in Denver. I wonder what they’ll do at home, at sea level.

  61. 1historian says: Jan 9, 2012 12:26 AM

    6 Superbowl titles

    Anybody else match that?

    I thought so

  62. 2difshoe says: Jan 9, 2012 12:26 AM

    kilo0986 says:
    Jan 8, 2012 10:51 PM
    True story unfortunately, but a healthy Ben would have covered up a lot of the defensive mistakes that happened.

    ===================================

    Agreed ! He was healthy during his bathroom episode.

  63. realitypolice says: Jan 9, 2012 12:27 AM

    I understand the game plan of containing Tebow in the pocket and focus on covering down field and not blitzing.

    Bud, good lord, he had all day back there. At some point, you’ve got to put some pressure on this guy to see if you can get him to force something or make a mistake.

    Not trying to take anything away from the Broncos, because they played a great game on both sides of the ball, but that lack of pressure really stood out to me.

  64. 2difshoe says: Jan 9, 2012 12:28 AM

    raiderlyfe510 says:
    Jan 8, 2012 10:57 PM
    The headline should have been…”Ryan Clark didn’t show up….at the wrong time.”

    If Ryan Clark plays, the Steelers win…Props to Tebow, though.

    ======================================

    Wrong Raider breath….No one player wins a ball game !

  65. gamermwm says: Jan 9, 2012 12:29 AM

    One year removed from the Superbowl and they only lost 4 games this season

    So…I would not say that the Steelers defense is too old. :And I would not take advice from Warren Sapp

    Just sayin…

  66. cliffordc05 says: Jan 9, 2012 12:45 AM

    I think LeBeau was out-coached by the Denver offensive coordinator. The Steeler safeties were playing so close to the line of scrimmage in their anticipation of a run that on many plays they were schemed out of the play. They were also very aggressive on playing the run when in fact it was a simple play action.

    Tebow was also more aggressive going downfield with his throws and again the safeties were caught trying to jump shorter routes.

  67. packfaninchitown says: Jan 9, 2012 12:48 AM

    The Packers will hit seven Super Bowls before the Steelers do….Believe that.

  68. passerby23 says: Jan 9, 2012 12:55 AM

    The injuries were a factor, but Denver outplayed them. Credit should be given there. Tebow made a few gutsy throws.

    I do agree, however, that the seeding is pretty ridiculous. Winning a division doesn’t mean squat. The playoff seeding should be reflective of the whole conference, not divisions. Does this kind of game unfold in Pittsburgh (12-4) if they have home field? I highly doubt it. Denver (8-8) who backed into the playoffs by virtue of the rest of their division being less bad is somehow deserving of a home game?

    Nice to see Denver have their moment in the sun and everything, but the seeding is silly. The train comes to an abrupt halt at NE next week.

  69. grannyvi4 says: Jan 9, 2012 12:59 AM

    Not a fan of either team, but neither do I dislike them. From an objective POV, you gotta wonder if Tomlin is kicking himself for not resting Big Ben the last few weeks. Houston and Cincy were both in a playoff game yesterday with rookie qbs and one of them won. Charlie Batch certainly couldn’t have done any worse than Big Ben in a couple of the games they lost or nearly lost the last few weeks. Just saying…

    Gotta give props to both teams; they played hard but only one can win the game.

  70. packerup says: Jan 9, 2012 1:10 AM

    The Steelers controlled their own destiny with a 1st round bye….it would of done wonders to have a week off….the D is old…Ben was hurt….Top RB out…..on the road….and you lost in OT…..at leat you are screaming to bring Chin back ……

  71. tjacks7 says: Jan 9, 2012 1:18 AM

    I wonder if Big Bens chronic, life-threatening ankle sprain will heal by next season? Seriously, can’t take much more of the announcers talking about it like he’s playing through the worst injury ever. He was hurt like 4 weeks ago!!

  72. tjacks7 says: Jan 9, 2012 1:24 AM

    So.. The Stairway to Seven fails again?

  73. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 9, 2012 1:36 AM

    Love the Steeler responses. A lot of blaming others and lame excuses. U mad? Boo hoo.

    Bathroom Ben on team = Karma.

  74. cannonballdookie says: Jan 9, 2012 1:39 AM

    Time for every positive comment about the Steelers to get thumbs downed by all the pathetic trolls who came out from hiding tonight. Enjoy it while it lasts, because I can guarantee you Pittsburgh had more success in the past five years than your entire crappy franchises.

  75. CKL says: Jan 9, 2012 1:54 AM

    Unreal. As Fox watched Thomas streaking towards the EZ, he had to be thinking about X-Clown in the Edward Jones Dome in the first play of the second OT Jan 10, 2004. Same score too.

  76. rajbais says: Jan 9, 2012 2:00 AM

    Get a REAL offensive line change!!!

    Plus, better backups to the “elderly”!!!

  77. linkinxr says: Jan 9, 2012 2:02 AM

    Steeled fans were griping bout everything. Wah u lost. Wah our defense was hurt. Excuses.

  78. aldonsack says: Jan 9, 2012 2:04 AM

    Jesus Christ the Steelers’ defense was horrid today…they let “Jesus Christ” light them up!

  79. acebandito says: Jan 9, 2012 2:14 AM

    Injuries are why the Steelers lost? Really?
    The Denver Broncos started Russ Hochstein at Right Guard because their offensive captain Chris Kuper was out.

    Someone named Rafael Bush got significant playing time at Safety because their leader on defense Brian Dawkins is out.

    They lost their leading receiver on the 2nd play of the 2nd quarter when James Harrison put his helmet in Eric Decker’s knee. Matt Willis was his replacement…Matt…freaking…Willis.

    Congratulations Steelers fan…you are now the biggest crybaby fans in the NFL. Raider fan, please hand over the trophy.

  80. krebzy1 says: Jan 9, 2012 2:24 AM

    I’m no big steelers fan so this isn’t sure grapes, injuries definitely impacted the steelers today. their defensive game plan killed them too. I understand playing the run and forcing tebow to
    beat you with his arm but I think pittsburgh took it too far too long. You can’t go man coverage all day and get no help from your safeties and not expect to get burned sooner or later regardless of who the qb is.

  81. babyjebus says: Jan 9, 2012 2:38 AM

    The Steelers do have a good defense . . . but their passing defense gets a little help from playing well below average QBs all season.

    (in the order they played them)
    Joe Flacco
    Tavaris Jackson
    Kerry Collins/Curtis Painter
    Matt Schaub
    Matt Hasselbeck
    Blaine Gabbert (r)
    Kevin Kolb
    Tom Brady
    Joe Flacco
    Andy Dalton (r)
    Tyler Palko
    Andy Dalton (r) / Bruce Gradkowski
    Colt McCoy/Seneca Wallace
    Alex Smith
    Kellen Clemens
    Seneca Wallace

    They played 1 great QB in Brady, 1 very good QB in Schaub (whose running game went off that day), 1 mid-level guy in Flacco (x2).

    They lost both times to Flacco, and to Schaub, but beat Brady.

    Other than that they got has-beens, well below average starters, rookies, and a game manager in Smith.

    No surprise that the teams in their division . . . who play a pretty similar schedule finished high in pass defense too:
    1. Pitt
    2. Cle
    4. Balt
    9. Cin

    On the other side of that . . the teams with good QBs in their division finished low.
    NFC North and NFC South (who played each other)
    Rodgers, Stafford, Cutler, Ponder
    Brees, Newton, Ryan, Freeman
    20. Atl
    21. TB
    22. Det
    24. Car
    26. Min
    28. Chi
    30. NO
    32. GB

    Put the Steelers in either one of those divisions and they aren’t a top 10 passing defense.

    Yes I know they don’t pick who they play, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they got lit up in their secondary.

  82. bospat says: Jan 9, 2012 2:44 AM

    Hey, hey goodbye…Go Pats!

  83. paulieorkid says: Jan 9, 2012 2:47 AM

    What an absurd conclusion: “Steelers Age Shows Up At Wrong Time.”

    Yes, so we’re to believe that the number one ranked defense in the NFL in terms of both yardage and scoring after a full 17-week season — suddenly got old in a mere 168 hours (i.e., one week).

    We’re to believe “Age (just) Shows Up” here and there, really picks its spots.

    Fact is Tebow played lights out, as did Demaryius, the entire Donk OL and several key members of the defense.

    And Tomlin did Pittsburgh NO FAVORS with a protracted series of ludicrous decisions.
    (1) Ben hurt 4 weeks ago, with an injury that takes 4 weeks to properly heal —> but Tomlin runs him out there the very next game, plus ore game time – continuing to ruin Ben’s play and his prospects. That’s dumb – could have had a properly healed up Ben, instead of a tough SOB gutting out another game – but a shell of himself.

    (2) Woodley suffers a bad hamstring pull versus the Patriots. Needing another 2-4 weeks to recover completely, Tomlin rushes Woodley out against the ‘Niners. Woodley promptly aggravates the injury. We could have had a healthy Woodley, but Tomlin shotgunned Wood’s remaining season too with more foolishness.

    (3) Pouncey hurt with 4 weeks to go in the season to get back to full speed. Tomlin hurries Pouncey back onto the field. Pouncey very predictably exacerbates the injury, and is rendered useless in the playoffs. Notice a pattern here?

    Worst of all is Tomlin is defiant, insisting he would his coaching decisions would not be dictated by fear – and that he would do it all the very same way again the next time it should happen.

    That’s not making decisions governed by fear — it’s just common sense, prudent cost/benefit analysis.

    Love Tomlin, but boy he reeeeally had an astonishing series of egregious mis-steps here, and it cost the Steelers dearly.

    Hats off to Denver too – they played well, and deserved the victory.

  84. ynot1381 says: Jan 9, 2012 3:19 AM

    Today I realized why so many people take issue with the Steelers as a franchise (and their fanbase).

    Both the Steelers and the Ravens are nearly mirrors of each other. They take pride in having a quality, stingy defense, and have durable running backs that run between the tackles well. Sure, Pittsburgh has shifted to more of a passing team as of late, but the ideals are the same.

    But the preferential treatment that Pittsburgh continually gets (and had they won this, Tomlin should have given the game ball to the officiating crew), and dirty aura that follows them makes me dislike them. It doesn’t help they are one of the most marketable teams in the league.

    Say what you want about the league changing the helmet to helmet rule, if it isn’t Harrison or Polamalu getting fined, its Joey Porter acting like a fool. And so on, and so on.

    Its nice to see that Denver was able to win this game despite some really terrible calls.

    Injuries or not, Denver was able to win a game no one thought they had a chance in. You have to take your hat off to that.

  85. localbandhero says: Jan 9, 2012 3:22 AM

    I hate me some Steelers, and love the idea of their D turning into an aging pile of stink.

    Sadly, that’s not the case though.

    Denver knew Pittsburgh was going to prevent Tebow from running all over them. So they threw a curve ball and had Tebow throw. Pittsburgh didn’t see it coming.

    Denver had a fantastic game plan. And as much as I’d like to see the Tebow magic continue, it’ll be hard for them to catch New England off guard next week.

    Denver just outsmarted Pittsburgh (not an easy task) and executed better.

  86. goforgin01 says: Jan 9, 2012 3:30 AM

    LeBeau and the defense did not respect Tebow’s ability to make plays. Off last week, you sort of get that, but it wasn’t like he hasn’t made plays down the field the last 10 wks.

    They overcommitted to disrepecting Tebow and his ability to throw and got smoked.

    He wasn’t who they thought he was.

  87. raqaiw says: Jan 9, 2012 3:42 AM

    If the Steelers win this game johntonioholmes,deb,steelersownyou,and stairwaytoseven would all be on here screaming super bowl. Props to johntonio for at least showing up,where are the rest of the Steelers fans? Crying in their beer,that’s where. This is the EXACT reason I didn’t want the Ravens to lose the division,going to somebody else’s place is tough in the playoffs.

  88. jerruhjones21 says: Jan 9, 2012 3:55 AM

    I am flabbergasted at this result but not at the myriad of excuses from Squealer fans…

    Congrats to Tebow for the passes and leading the Donkeys to a well-deserved win!

    Now can the magic hold up again next week? I think not but then I was wrong this week…

  89. northsidesteel says: Jan 9, 2012 4:05 AM

    The Broncos had a great game plan, congrats to them. The Steelers could not overcome the injuries or Tebows down field toses.

  90. Cosmo Houck says: Jan 9, 2012 5:06 AM

    Due disclosure: I’m a Packers fan.

    As relates to this game and post: age can help account for injuries. But at the same time, to pin the injuries of three starters solely on that is insipid at best, and intentionally misleading at worst. Injuries are bad luck. The Steelers are hardly the only playoff team to ever suffer significant injuries. The Packers placed 15 players on injured reserve last year, many of them young. That’s not age; it just happens. It’s a violent game. Roethlisberger, probably the most significant injured player related to this game, is only 29. If you watched the same game I watched, you know that a healthy Big Ben could’ve changed things. The Ryan Clark thing is a weird twist of fate.

    Most significant was the defensive strategy. You can hang Ike Taylor out to dry if you want, but the truth is he was asked to cover Thomas one on one without safety help against a team with a decent offensive line. That’s a hard duty for any corner if the opposing quarterback is on target. What’s easier to believe: he played well the whole season and plummeted in this game, or the scheme gave him a really difficult assignment? I think the Steelers (and I!) just misjudged Tebow. I think injuries hurt them, and I think age may have played a (small) factor. Let’s give an honest assessment though, instead of this sensationalist crap.

  91. joetoronto says: Jan 9, 2012 5:36 AM

    jomiku says:
    Jan 8, 2012 10:57 PM
    I saw a lot of bad defensive positioning in the secondary, mostly by the safeties. It’s not possible to tell whether that was the play calling or the individual choices made by the players. The defense often had 11 players up with no one deep. Polamalu was often way out of position, biting on every possible run and ignoring receivers. On one of the long completions, he ran forward when just staying in position would have made the play. On others, he seemed more intent on busting a play or trying to make an interception than in being in position. I couldn’t tell if they were guessing too much or taking the Broncos too lightly or both.
    **************************************************
    Right on, Polamalu was freelancing all night.

    On the game winning play in OT, he had the middle of the field, but he was at the LOS looking for the run.

    Taylor played outside coverage, as if Polamalu was where he should have been.

    Polamalu

  92. dawhorsefeathers says: Jan 9, 2012 5:44 AM

    The Steelers have no choice but to get younger in 2012. Many of those “old and slow” names will be cap casualties. It doesn’t bode well when 46% of your max salary is already committed to Ben, Troy, JH, Timmons and Woodley.

  93. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 9, 2012 5:47 AM

    More than anything LeBeau stacked the box to stop the run, and Tebow threw downfield. 10 Completions for 316 yards!!????

  94. steelernation1 says: Jan 9, 2012 6:10 AM

    the steelers just flat out played bad..no excuses from me.

  95. stanklepoot says: Jan 9, 2012 6:16 AM

    Of course Farrior and Harrison made fewer huge plays. In a 3-4 scheme the LBs tend to be the ones who amass the stats everyone loves to talk about, but it’s the D-line that opens up the holes for the LBs. If the backup D-line can’t occupy as many O-linemen, the LBs now have to much up with O-linemen who are bigger than they are, thus reducing the effectiveness of the pass rush. It’s the fundamental truth of the 3-4 scheme, and the reason that the NT is so valuable, despite the fact that they rarely rack up large sack totals.

  96. ravenfan820 says: Jan 9, 2012 6:25 AM

    So the lesson here is…….your 785 rings are great and show tradition, but each year is a new year and this year you did not have it…..

    this will be an intersting off year for the steelers being that they are 22 million over the cap heading into it…..

  97. antibenapalooza says: Jan 9, 2012 6:34 AM

    Where was Pig Ben Rottenberger in the first half? Face it, Pittsburgh, he isn’t leading you up the Stairway to Seven, he is leading you down the Highway to Hell. Come out of his spell and get rid of him!

  98. butteredsanta says: Jan 9, 2012 6:39 AM

    It’s nice to see Karma playing a role in this. Harrison’s cheap shot on McCoy ended up costing the Steelers Roelisberger and Medenhall…..Also some major coaching stupidity on the part of Tomlin after the injury

  99. jeepin08 says: Jan 9, 2012 6:44 AM

    Everyone just knew this was coming, they just needed to wait a day to come up with a page full of excuse’s as to why they will be sitting home performing couch potatoe duty watching the Ravens march to the promise land.
    Three things come to mind about Denvers win.
    1) You will not hear any more crap talk from every single stealer fan there is about how they win every single game every year. And,
    2) The shots NBC kept showing of Ward sitting on the bench still counting tweety birds from that Ray Lewis hit a few weeks back. He looked like he was waiting for someone to stop by and wipe the drool from his chin. What a way to exit the game.
    3) Thank god their will be no more ball washing by the commentators for the rest of this year.

  100. jeepin08 says: Jan 9, 2012 6:49 AM

    And also, Ike Taylor did not throw the game yesterday. He made enough money to retire.
    Isn’t that what it’s about anyway ?

  101. phillyphinsfan says: Jan 9, 2012 6:53 AM

    ‘Tina’ Taylor had a really, really, really bad day. Sorry Steeler Nation, but God just can’t allow a unconvicted rapist beat a man who serves him with conviction. Enjoy the offseason. Lol. TEBOW! TEBOW!

  102. steelerfan9598 says: Jan 9, 2012 6:59 AM

    AGE? Keisel, Hampton and Clark were all replaced with younger players.They got beat, plain and simple. The Steelers played the run and Tebow made the plays. It’s as easy as that. They dared him to beat them and he did.

  103. redrew says: Jan 9, 2012 7:00 AM

    Union workers that shovel coal or screw in gaskets…we’re not chatting with mensa candidates here. Blame the D scheme….Tebow survived the initial stacked rush, which allowed his young WRs to get down field. Steelers chose to keep safeties in the box so Tebow chose to average 36 yds per pass play. And let’s not forget that Palamulu and his gambling ways got abused. Either he makes a great play or he is so out of position.

  104. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 9, 2012 7:03 AM

    binarybulge says:Jan 8, 2012 11:09 PM

    Steelers fans have to be the most classless and entitled in the world. You wonder why so many people hate you. YOU LOST. Accept it. Go get your “one for the other thumb” tats recolored or something. Might I suggest a little purple, to signify your sour grapes.

    ———————————————————-

    They are (by a wide margin) in pro football.

    They run neck & neck in then race with Red Sox fans for that title in ALL of sports…

  105. dirtdawg55 says: Jan 9, 2012 7:11 AM

    Steelers fan here. We got our arse kicked. No excuses. When they marched down the field the first two times and came away with six I turned to my wife and said it was over. For the Steelers. Arian’s offense stinks and even when the run game is working he refuses to go to it (Redman was running all over the Broncos). And what the heck was the defense thinking?

    As for Tebow, the guy can run and he can throw a deep ball as well as anyone. Funny enough – the guy can’t make a 10 or 15 harder, but he mauled the Steelers secondary with essentially one healthy and decent receiver.

    We got beat fair and square. Fan excuses are pathetic. Home game for Denver? Well, we had two legit shots to secure home field and lost both (Ravens at home, Niners on the road). Injuries? Next man up boys, besides GB won last year with a third of their team on IR. penalties that were called or not called? Gimme a break. We are on both sides of that argument and besides, we benefitted from the fumble that wasn’t a fumble call. One of the dumbest rules ever. Shold have been over and out right then and there.

    And after all of that, all we had to do was stop them in OT. Instead we decide to put nine in the box (eight was plenty). Either LeBeau is losing it or either Troy or Mundy blew it (my guess is Mundy was supposed to cover). After all, Tebow showed plenty during the game he would go deep and not just run.

    We played horrible. Broncos played great. And we got spanked in a game that we weren’t in for most of the day.

    Gonna go watch reruns of those six SBs to cheer me up.

    Congrats Denver fans. Well earned win in more than exciting fashion.

  106. fastwillie39 says: Jan 9, 2012 7:33 AM

    @reedcarefully
    Polamulu retiring? Where is your source on that one!!

    Also, someone needs to give credit to the offensive line, they have done a great job all year considering we abandoned the run for most of it. Even with injuries, those guys gave Ben plenty of time and Redman is your new starter…he actually know what to do when an opening occurs. Arians is the OC until he retires, LeBeau seemed outmatched yesterday, I think they will hire Raheem Morris to assist next year, not that I like that!

    As for next year, they will be fine…
    Bye to Hoke, Farrior, McFadden, Battle, Hines, Mendenhall, Aaron Smith, Foote, Batch…also a surprise retirement could happen with Keisel or Hampton.

    they will draft well and make a run next year, no panic here…

  107. jg725 says: Jan 9, 2012 7:42 AM

    a little purple would go very well with all of their bruises from yesterday……

  108. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 9, 2012 7:46 AM

    Kiesel and his beard now look even more queer and ridiculous because they are winners of nothing. Not even a division title. haha-losers.

  109. joerevs300 says: Jan 9, 2012 7:46 AM

    @binarybulge,

    Oh please. If Denver had lost that game in overtime, they would have been on here blaming the refs and anything else they could find.

    Steeler fans are not “classless” for pointing out rational things (although some of those above are on the extreme end).

    Does it not just sound WEIRD that the only holding penalty all night was the 5 yard one on Ike Taylor? You mean to tell me no one on the Steelers, and no one on the Broncos offensive lines held all night? (To be fair there were at least 2 facemask penalties committed by the Steelers the refs missed too).

    But to sit there and say “Only Steeler fans make excuses”. I would invite you to go look at any thread from Bengals, Falcons and Lions fans, and tell me they aren’t making excuses either.

    You hate the Steelers, I get it. Fine. It’s a free country and you’re entitled to it. Just like any other sports team, you have fans who get emotional and make outlandish claims.

    We dared Tebow and the Broncos to beat us through the air. And, combined with having just enough running success for us to bite on their play action (especially that 1 play in overtime), they did. That was the ballgame.

    This group has had a good run (3 Super Bowls, winning 2, missing the playoffs only the one year) but age doesn’t pay attention and has caught up with the Steelers on the defensive side of the ball. Until we get younger, we will continue to wear down and give up big plays.

    All the credit to Denver, and I wish them well in NE. Everyone who is predicting a 30 point blowout win by the Patriots must not have watched the game I did yesterday.

  110. ravenator says: Jan 9, 2012 7:47 AM

    Steeler nation has officially been silenced. Thank you Tim Tebow.

  111. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 9, 2012 7:53 AM

    Congratulations Steelers, you win nothing!! At least you can hang your hat on that.

  112. theravens1 says: Jan 9, 2012 8:23 AM

    For the last couple months, all I kept hearing is that the Steelers are going to beat us during the play-offs! The third game will be won by the Steelers against us (the Ravens). Will someone PLEASE explain to me HOW that is going to happen?!? Cuz, I would sure like to see it.

    I guess I’ll go watch the Ravens and Texans, and await the answer. . . Thanks,
    The Ravens 1.

  113. fcs34 says: Jan 9, 2012 8:25 AM

    I hope Ike Taylor got some creme for those horrible burns he must have.

  114. goawayeverybody says: Jan 9, 2012 8:35 AM

    Even the clearly horrible officiating couldn’t save a Steelers team that was racked with injuries and severe karma issues.

  115. haywoodjablomee says: Jan 9, 2012 8:51 AM

    It’s time for the Steelers to spiral down and all these so-called bandwagon fans can put away their yellow towels and jump on another bandwagon. Dolts.

  116. ravenator says: Jan 9, 2012 8:54 AM

    One and done!

  117. jpmelon says: Jan 9, 2012 8:55 AM

    Holy crap….Tebow was right!!! There is a god, and he hates the steelers just as much as the rest of us.

  118. raiders757 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:26 AM

    pudgalvin says: Jan 8, 2012 11:14 PM

    I had very little interest in this game, but I’m kinda with a few Steelers fans here. If the refs call half the horribly obvious holds in this game, the Broncos get about 10 points.

    ———————————–

    You have got to be kidding me. Every Steelers game I’ve seen this season, they’ve got away with holding more than any team I’ve ever seen. Even last night I thought it as amazing how much holding going uncalled. Steelers fans are the last to be able to complain about the refs. The Steelers have the league in their back pockets, and it was obvious the refs did everything they could to help them out.

  119. somesome says: Jan 9, 2012 9:31 AM

    LeBeau called a terrible game and could not adjust after half time.
    Polamalu gambled too much and was out off place at least three times trying to chase down the WR passing by.
    Harrison’s ability seemed very limited, he can rush the box that is it. Tebow ran by him twice with the ball without him noticing it and still gunning for the box.

    And please stop with this holding crap, that is true for every team. ever seen a holding being called on Suh or Ngata? Don’t think so, what about the face masks on Tebow and even Thomas on the last TD? same thing, get over it.

  120. steelerfanjo says: Jan 9, 2012 9:42 AM

    Mike Tomlin seems to not have the passion he had at the start of his Steeler career. Bruce Arians is horrible and LeBeau has lost it. Time to clean house.

  121. ihatetheeffingjets says: Jan 9, 2012 9:44 AM

    The Steelers were the favorite to win this game for good reason. Sometimes, especially in the playoffs, it’s not the better team that wins, it’s the healthiest.

    ——————–

    OMG – Kordell Stewart? Is that you? Hey Kordell, remember when the Pats beat the Steelers in the 2001 AFCC game and you rationalized it with: “Sometimes the better team doesn’t win”. Looking back now, do you think that maybe, just maybe, a Tom Brady led team mighta been better than a Kordell Stewart led team? With similar hindsight, maybe this game will be proven to not be an upset either.

  122. bronco1st says: Jan 9, 2012 9:59 AM

    Denver made them look old.

  123. opbilly says: Jan 9, 2012 10:05 AM

    why is it that every big game the steelers have they either have ron winter or walt coleman? luckily even winter couldn’t help the “old and slow”today eventhough he “missed” two blatant facemasks against tebow that were right in front of him!

  124. bronco1st says: Jan 9, 2012 10:08 AM

    @dirtdawg55;

    “the guy (Tebow) can’t make a 10 or 15 yarder”

    *********************************

    Hmmm, that last 15 yarder across the middle that went for 80 and won the game says to me that Tebow CAN throw “a 10 or 15 yarder”! LOL! Are the Steeler fans “aging” too?

  125. bozosforall says: Jan 9, 2012 10:09 AM

    quittsburghstoolers says:
    Jan 9, 2012 7:03 AM
    binarybulge says:Jan 8, 2012 11:09 PM

    Steelers fans have to be the most classless and entitled in the world. You wonder why so many people hate you. YOU LOST. Accept it. Go get your “one for the other thumb” tats recolored or something. Might I suggest a little purple, to signify your sour grapes.

    ———————————————————-

    They are (by a wide margin) in pro football.

    They run neck & neck in then race with Red Sox fans for that title in ALL of sports…

    __
    Actually, Pats fans own that distinction in pro football…agreed on the Red Sox fans also having sour grapes…the common denominator being that both fan bases are mainly from New England, the home of the biggest crybabies in all of sports fandom.

    Not a Steelers fan but there is no other team that has had the success that Pittsburgh has had in the modern Super Bowl era, as well as in the last five years. Two Super Bowls titles in the last five years (and another near miss last year) is hard to beat.

  126. bunkmcnulty says: Jan 9, 2012 10:27 AM

    Ravens fan, looking thru a few misc comments:

    @JoeRevs – I have a problem with any losing teams fans complaining about calls. Last year when the Ravens lost in the playoffs, I came in to PFT, said no excuses we lost. Period. We had a huge lead and blew it. There were plenty of people complaining about calls. Whining about calls no matter how “rational” is sour grapes. I say that even of my own team’s fans. “Classless” I doubt. Sour grapes, YES.

    Best analytical comments on here are about LeBeau. And let me say, LeBeau is great. But I agree with several posters that he failed to follow the blue print of NE, KC, Buffalo. Tebow is most effective in single coverage. You need to mix in blitzes better, and do more cover 2. Now being a Ravens fan, I know that is not the Steelers MO. They like to bring the heat. It seems against Tebow, your defense needs to be patient. Let them move down the field, get their 4 FG’s a game, and win 14-12. Give them some rushing yards. Going 9 men in the box gave Tebow potency he doesn’t possess, normally.

    Hat’s off to Tebow, he still had execute, even if Steelers scheme, played to his strengths. Excellent job. But don’t expect NE to play that way.

  127. maddogwhite says: Jan 9, 2012 12:09 PM

    The Steelers were (statistically) the #1 defense this year. To say they looked “old” after one subpar playoff performance is a bit premature.

    But all along, I felt this fate was sealed for us on that Sunday night when we let Flacco drive down the field and pass for the winning touchdown with just seconds left. We win that game and instead of a #5 seed we are a #1 seed. The whole season changed on that one drive.

    And who says the NFL regular season doesn’t mean every bit as much as college football?

  128. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Jan 9, 2012 12:13 PM

    ProFootballTalkSucks says:Jan 8, 2012 10:47 PM

    Watch the replays of the game. Holding on nearly every Tebow dropback. The one time when they did get a hit on him it was roughing the passer.

    __________________________________

    So….you must’ve missed the Steeler drive that tied the game where your O-line tackled Denver’s D-linemen and LB on every play….?

    Score more points you whiney clown.

    And you wonder why the whole country hates you Steel Wool fans. Act like a true fan instead of a 6 year old who just had their lunch money taken away….Pittsburgh gambled on that first play and lost. Your team is done….deal with it.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    nogoodell says:Jan 8, 2012 10:15 PM

    The NFL needs to fix this home game scenario situation.
    __________________________________

    System is fine…win more games and score more points.

    Good luck with that “our Steelers need to start our own league” stuff. Try winning in this league first hot shot. You’ll be the new Vikings in less than 2 years…book it.

  129. infectorman says: Jan 9, 2012 3:47 PM

    quittsburghstoolers says:
    Jan 9, 2012 7:03 AM
    binarybulge says:Jan 8, 2012 11:09 PM

    Steelers fans have to be the most classless and entitled in the world. You wonder why so many people hate you. YOU LOST. Accept it. Go get your “one for the other thumb” tats recolored or something. Might I suggest a little purple, to signify your sour grapes.

    ———————————————————-

    They are (by a wide margin) in pro football.

    They run neck & neck in then race with Red Sox fans for that title in ALL of sports…

    **********************************************

    only in PFT Tool-Land can the Red Sox come up by way of an uneducated Jack Ass’s comment, comparing the Boston fans to the Steelers Fans regarding, of all things “ENTITLEMENT”!!
    talk about a R – E — A — C —- H of a declaration!
    Dude, quit smokin the crack pipe, open the shades, air out your Mothers cellar and take a lookaround you: the Red Sox fans have long suffered as the inferior red-headed step child of the Bully Bank Account from the Bronx since EVEN before you started downing a 5th of Jack everyday in your Momma’s basement. We may be alot of things, but “Entitled” aint one of them, Son. That would be the Yankees fans, who believe they have the best team even after they bow out of the playoffs
    You must be the alter screen name of “Bozos for All”, a notorious fantasy brained Boston Hater/Closet Jets fan.

  130. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 9, 2012 4:50 PM

    infectorman says:Jan 9, 2012 3:47 PM

    **********************************************

    only in PFT Tool-Land can the Red Sox come up by way of an uneducated Jack Ass’s comment, comparing the Boston fans to the Steelers Fans regarding, of all things “ENTITLEMENT”!!
    talk about a R – E — A — C —- H of a declaration!
    Dude, quit smokin the crack pipe, open the shades, air out your Mothers cellar and take a lookaround you: the Red Sox fans have long suffered as the inferior red-headed step child of the Bully Bank Account from the Bronx since EVEN before you started downing a 5th of Jack everyday in your Momma’s basement. We may be alot of things, but “Entitled” aint one of them, Son. That would be the Yankees fans, who believe they have the best team even after they bow out of the playoffs
    You must be the alter screen name of “Bozos for All”, a notorious fantasy brained Boston Hater/Closet Jets fan.

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    So I’m “Uneducated”? Let’s look at your post, shall we?

    You try to make the word “Jackass” plural so you wrote “Jack Ass’s”, which is incorrect. You should have wrote Jackass’. One word, no extra “s” on the end. “Look around” is 2 separate words. Also, you spelled the words “smoking” and “ain’t” wrong. “A lot” is also 2 words, not 1. So who’s the uneducated person here? You are so dumb you can’t even use spell-check.

    Where I live both Red Sox fans and Steeler fans are the biggest blowhards around. On the flip side, the many Yankee fans I know do not act obnoxious about their team’s success because they don’t need to. The team wins titles on a regular basis so they don’t need to get hyped up like Boston fans do. But when the Sox finally won those 2 titles their fans quickly turned into the type of fan they always bitched that the Yankee fans were. And to top it all off, it took steroids to break “the Curse”. The Sox were never able to win without them. Yankee fans complained that the Mitchell Report was bias because it claimed no big name Boston players did steroids and both Manny and Papi (and others, I’m sure) were. But because Mitchell was on the Sox board of directors, he didn’t dig very deep into the Sox drug problem and for years Boston fans claimed their team’s titles were “clean” while the Yankees titles of the 1990′s were “tainted”.

    Funny how quiet Sox fans became once the truth about their team’s drug use came out, huh?

    BTW, not a Jets fan. Just a Steeler and Red Sox hater. Deal with it. Both teams lost…

  131. infectorman says: Jan 10, 2012 9:20 AM

    “Where I live” is the operative statement in your post. Don’t post about your small-town, limited experiences and expect not to get called out for it. All Red Sox fans are NOT the way you’ve experienced, simply because it’s all you’ve experienced. That’s what I meant by uneducated… green, unexperienced and sheltered is what you’re statement illustrates…

    For the record, I could give a flying F*&#! about grammar and spelling u brought up in your lame post.
    It has nothing to do with my personal level of education. You’re simply to anal to realize that.
    As “Cartman” has said many times, ” Dude, no one cares”
    Get over your grammar hang-up bro, it aint workin…

  132. infectorman says: Jan 10, 2012 10:20 AM

    also very interesting that you’d go down the steroids road about the Bosox, considering it HAS SO MUCH TO DO with your small-town argument and has SO MUCH TO DO with Red Sox fans in general. again a major R E A CC H on your part.

    Is it possible actually that your are THAT naive to believe that the Red Sox players were the only ones who benefited from the use of PED’s during ANY GIVEN ERA, and your 90′s Yankees are clean as a whistle?
    That arguement only serves to further advertise your naivete and biased, blatant negativity toward Boston Red Sox fans. You are exceedingly predictable and as transparent as freshly cleaned glass. I can virtually guarantee you are NOT from the Northeast…

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