David DeCastro on team’s pregame obsession with Patriots: It’s embarrassing and stupid

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The Steelers overlooked and dismissed the Jaguars all week, which is strange considering Jacksonville beat them 30-9 three months ago.

When the Jaguars ran off the field Sunday after their 45-42 victory, they did it yelling for Mike Mitchell. The safety told Sports Illustrated the Steelers would play the Patriots again, and running back Le'Veon Bell expressed similar sentiments in a tweet.

At least one Steeler was as angry at some of his teammates as the Jaguars were.

“They were ready to go; they were mad; they were angry; they had something to prove, and they did it,’’ Steelers offensive guard David DeCastro said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Yeah, it’s embarrassing. It really is, man. It just blows my mind. They beat us 30-9 [on Oct. 9]. We played like crap, and we want to talk about New England?

“I don’t know what to say about that. It’s just stupid. It’s just not what you do. You don’t need to give a team like that more bulletin board material.”

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin began his team’s obsession with New England in a November 26 interview with Tony Dungy on NBC’s Football Night in America, saying he expected to play the Patriots twice this season and adding “we should win it all.” On Saturday night, Bell tweeted “we’ll have two round 2’s in back to back weeks,” referring to playing the Jaguars and Patriots a second time.

“I’m never a guy to say anything about the other team but respect them and congratulate them, which is what you should do,’’ DeCastro said. “They’re a talented team and they proved that today.

“It should be obvious to me. I love my teammates and care a lot about them, but that’s not something I like to see.”

146 responses to “David DeCastro on team’s pregame obsession with Patriots: It’s embarrassing and stupid

  1. That is the guy the players should look to for leadership. He seems team oriented but the bulk of the stars are “me” oriented. A talented team will beat talented individuals the vast majority of times.

  2. Yes, but in all fairness everyone who saw the NE-Pittsburgh regular season game observed a CATCH TD get converted by the REF’s to a non catch. Pittsburgh, as best seed in the AFC, should have been playing the Titan’s, were it not for another blown call by the Ref’s.

    You can’t make this up. NE continues to get gifts from the Ref’s. If you want to see fair game calling you know of what I speak. It’s very obvious what’s happening.

  3. Those doing the most talking are also the ones most likely to kneel or stay in the locker room during the anthem.

  4. The smartest one in the bunch. Is he too smart to play in Pittsburgh? Feel bad for him, he’s stuck on a team of idiots run by the biggest idiot of them all, Tomlin.

  5. Mike Mitchell should be the one who is the most embarrassed. The Steelers defense allowed Blake Bortles to beat you, just let that sink in your mind a little. If you can’t stop Bortles, there was no way they were going to stop Brady.

  6. thrifty says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Those doing the most talking are also the ones most likely to kneel or stay in the locker room during the anthem
    ——
    It’s America. Hey when Frump will stop insulting Haitian’s and African’s maybe black players will acknowledge the greatness of America too. Until then…take a knee.

  7. Haha this is great, the one dude said Pittsburgh fans will blame the refs in 3,2,1…and I counted down as I kept scrolling down and right after I hit 1…’they should’ve been playing Tennessee wah wah wah’. Welp, no, you shouldn’t have and who’s to say the titans don’t win if all the Steelers care about is playing New England. Enjoy watching the penguins, cry baby…

  8. Kudos to DeCastro for being honest and calling out some of his teammates. He is right and his teammates have egg on their faces now.

  9. It doesn’t matter who rolls into Foxboro. It’s an NFL team with the world’s best football players. If you don’t plan and practice hard and execute, you will get beat.

    The Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets taught us this.

    If you don’t play every minute to the end of the game and make the most of every opportunity get, you will lose.

    The New York Giants taught us this.

    Go Patriots!

  10. Well that starts at the top with the head coach…if he’s looking ahead, his players will look ahead. If he’s focused on the task at hand, his players will be too.

  11. I’m not even a steelers fan but this dude should shut up! Your defense has been trash all year! Any football guy knows the steelers gm picks the talent and rarely if at all do they sign free agents. The defense couldn’t stop the run, and who cares if the only thing your going to say about the other team is good stuff? That’s just coach speak.Steelers lost cause the defense couldn’t stop the run! Or did they lose because the o line that decastro is a part of couldn’t protect?

  12. skawh says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:16 pm
    Yes, but in all fairness everyone who saw the NE-Pittsburgh regular season game observed a CATCH TD get converted by the REF’s to a non catch. Pittsburgh, as best seed in the AFC, should have been playing the Titan’s, were it not for another blown call by the Ref’s.

    You can’t make this up. NE continues to get gifts from the Ref’s. If you want to see fair game calling you know of what I speak. It’s very obvious what’s happening.
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    You are as delusional as the Steelers who still think they’re playing the Pats next week. The play you are referring to, as per the rules of the NFL, was not a catch! Every expert agrees it wasn’t catch according to the rules. Whine and cry all you like but the Steelers would be playing next week if they didn’t believe they had the game vs the Jags won before they played the game and their HC lead the way with that attitude. I’ll clue you in the Steelers would have lost to the Titans b/c they would have believed they were unworthy of the Steelers respect and it was just another practice for them until the AFCCG. The best individual talent doesn’t win in the playoffs, the best team does.

  13. skawh says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Yes, but in all fairness…
    __________________________________

    Awww that little bro is still mad, and obsessed…very obsessed. How’s that one year dynasty doing?

  14. Maybe if Tomlin wasn’t a hack for a coach he could keep his moron players like Bell and Mitchell in line. Instead those two go out and run their mouths and hopefully delete their twitter accounts.

    Mike Mitchell is an overrated bum that can’t tackle. Go away.

  15. I’m looking forward to seeing Jag’s owner Shahid Khan at the White House this year. That should be interesting. McDonald Trump won’t have the slightest clue about any of it. What a dope.

  16. Fire Todd Haley. Wouldn’t have had to rally from 21-point hole without his stupid obsession with screen passes. They got going when Roethlisberger was able to cut it loose.
    Get one-way tickets for Haley and Mike Mitchell. Also put out an APB for T.J. Watt, who was invisible today.

  17. Since taking over the Super Bowl winning steelers.

    Mike Tomlin has missed the playoffs FOUR times

    Mike Tomlin has been One and Done in the playoffs FOUR times.

    And Big Ben is going to the Hall of Fame.

    And Mike Tomlin also lost to Tim Tebow.

  18. The Metal Pigeon says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:31 pm
    I dont think the Patriots are going to have it easy against the Jags…. that defense can bring pressure with 4 and straight up the middle too. Brady gonna feel it!

    6 6 Rate This

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    SOrt of a myth….jax allowed 42 points to pittsburgh. SUre, they are physical and can cover but their pass rush is not as good as you claim.

    The pats will be by far and away the best offense and qb they will have faced this year. This isn’t an afc south match up for them.

  19. What Tomlin said wasn’t as irresponsible as what Bell and Mitchell said. Tomlin wanted his players to think they would win, which would involve seeing New England again. Bell and Mitchell flat out disrespected the Jaguars. They were talking complacency. And Mitchell is…well, okay, I’ll say it. He plays dirty.

    I don’t hate the Steelers. I don’t think Tomlin “got it started” as the article said, because what he said was in a different spirit than what his players said. But DeCastro is 100% right, but the guys who you usually hear from are usually the guys you shouldn’t hear from.

  20. The thing is, this is part of the Steeler culture going back to before Tomlin. I remember back in 2001. The Steelers were yapping about going to the SB in the week leading up to the AFCCG against NE, and got waxed. Then they yapped about how the better team didn’t win. It’s just the way it is in Pittsburgh.

  21. The league could benefit from more people like DiCastro and fewer knuckleheads. I’m sure Tomlin scolded him for telling the truth.

  22. skawh says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:16 pm
    Yes, but in all fairness everyone who saw the NE-Pittsburgh regular season game observed a CATCH TD get converted by the REF’s to a non catch. Pittsburgh, as best seed in the AFC, should have been playing the Titan’s, were it not for another blown call by the Ref’s.
    ——
    Did you and your superfluous apostrophes happen to see the exact same call overturned on Sanu this weekend in the Falcons/Eagles game for the exact same (correct) reason? Where’s the outrage?

  23. Tomlin held fundraisers for Hillary — another person that was so certain they would win that they arrogantly did not put in the effort necessary to actually do so.

  24. Still remember watching DeCastro at the Combine, hoping we’d get him, and being so happy when we did. He’s expressing the kind of attitude and leadership this team needs. When Harrison left the team and all the stories came out about problems with him in the locker room, I had no idea which side to believe. Still don’t. Kept thinking that if Keisel, Bettis, Ward, or Clark were there, I’d have more confidence in what players were saying. But Mike Mitchell? Sorry … no.

    Hate to keep beating a dead horse, but Belichick doesn’t let his players mouth off in the media about what BIG MEN they are or about how they’re going to be back in the Super Bowl after they dispatch will all the lesser teams. I still remember how he sat Wes Welker just for making a veiled joke about Rex Ryan’s foot fetish. I’ve always supported Tomlin–and his record as a head coach warrants that support. But this team and many of its coaches and players need nothing right now so much as to grow up. The time when NFL players are at their optimal talent level–especially at the WR and RB position–passes very quickly. Pittsburgh can still take advantage of the great players on its roster … if they all stop thinking they’re already champions and instead start demonstrating the character of champions.

  25. Poor skawh….. he/she reminds me of Tomlin, Bell & Mitchell…..OBSESSED with the Patriots….. I’m a massive fan of the Pats & have been since the Grogan years….. I feel a little jealous though, after all a non Pats fan seems to have me beat out on anything & everything Patriots related, even to the point where articles that have nothing to do with the Patriots he/she still drags them into the discussion….. granted, this article IS Patriots related, bet the jealousy & envy is soooooo deep with this poor soul, I bet the Patriots are also responsible for him/her not being able to enjoy the franchise he use to want to cheer for……
    Can’t wait for the AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AT THE RAZOR!!!
    Pleasant Dreams skawh….

  26. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing Jag’s owner Shahid Khan at the White House this year. That should be interesting. McDonald Trump won’t have the slightest clue about any of it. What a dope.
    __________________________________

    Of you could could keep your politics out of the sports blogs that would just be great. In turn I will gladly continue to not post my football thoughts to the op/ed blogs.

  27. Meanwhile 300 pound Dallas fan is on his couch screaming “We wuz good 20 years ago hell yeah gimme respect!” And nobody listens.

  28. Sinuous Sausage says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:34 pm
    Brady collapses in the face of a competent defense. Reference Denver in 2013 and 2015.

    Jags have a shot

    4 6 Rate This

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    Umm, err, the pats limped in with b squads and almost pulled it off in 2015.

    Your desperation is telling

  29. The problem with the Steelers starts with the HC. He’s not a good game coach at all and he’s undisciplined. Steeler players take their lead from Tomlin. Not good!!! And the future will not get any better.

  30. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing Jag’s owner Shahid Khan at the White House this year. That should be interesting. McDonald Trump won’t have the slightest clue about any of it. What a dope.
    ——
    Agreed, for he’s got but 1 token on his staff. If the Jag’s win I’d reject the offer to the WH. It’s called that for a reason, obviously.

    Go JAGS, beat NE!

  31. No surprise here. An overconfident, arrogant team led by an overconfident, arrogant coach. They need more guys like Decastro and should dump guys like Mitchell. The guy hasn’t made a play all year but runs his mouth and of course, can’t back it up. It wouldn’t happen if they had a coach that was worth a damn.

  32. intellectualpenury says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:39 pm
    Fire Todd Haley. Wouldn’t have had to rally from 21-point hole without his stupid obsession with screen passes. They got going when Roethlisberger was able to cut it loose.
    Get one-way tickets for Haley and Mike Mitchell. Also put out an APB for T.J. Watt, who was invisible today.

    14 0 Rate This

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    Bud dupree is a bust and watt is on his way there as predicted

  33. It’s time for Steelers ownership to admit that the Mike Tomlin experiment is officially over. This game had some of the most bone-headed, head-scratching play calling I’ve ever seen. I don’t mind losing to a better team but I can’t stomach watching them give games away.

  34. The thing that really strikes me about the Steelers obsession with the Patriots is that it starts with and is supported by the head coach. Tomlin has been talking about this for weeks,so of course the players are going to buy into that thinking. They were the same way when Cowher was there. It’s time for a culture change in Pittsburgh… Some heads should roll. The “one game at a time” method works best. Just ask the Patriots. Oh,and I hope Tomlin has cleaned the spittle off of his beard by now. It was gross looking at it for three hours today.

  35. Stick a fork in them, the Steeler’s are done. The team is already regressing BEFORE Ben leaves can you imagine how bad they will be when he actually does.

    Awww, poor Florio.

  36. skawh says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Yes, but in all fairness everyone who saw the NE-Pittsburgh regular season game observed a CATCH TD get converted by the REF’s to a non catch. Pittsburgh, as best seed in the AFC, should have been playing the Titan’s, were it not for another blown call by the Ref’s.

    You can’t make this up. NE continues to get gifts from the Ref’s. If you want to see fair game calling you know of what I speak. It’s very obvious what’s happening.

    ______________________________________

    Those of us here that live on planet EARTH all KNOW James did not score a touchdown or even complete the catch against NE in week 15.
    Just stop, you are embarrassing yourself and your Seahag fan brethren.

    I suppose you’ll blame the Ref’s for Pete the cheat pooping his pants in SB 49 as well?
    28-24, BABY, 28-24

  37. It must be so frustrating for DeCastro to be part of such an undisciplined, poorly coached group Yet until the Steelers #FireMikeTomlin, nothing will change. You wonder why the rest of the league is glad they continue to employ Tomlin? Until the Rooneys wake up, it’s going to be more of the same, year-in and year-out…while they continue repeating the same pattern with each new season under “Player’s Coach Tomlin”..much to the delight of every non-Steeler fan on the planet. Does any other NFL team tweet as much smack as these clowns? Belichick and company must get quite a chuckle out of all this amateur-hour nonsense.

  38. bringbackkosar says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:14 pm
    cue the Steelers crybabies blaming the zebras on 3, 2, 1 lol

    They could just take the Tennessee Titan comments and replace Titans with Steelers. That would save them some time and ensure the grammar was correct.

  39. Bottom line, a bunch of “me” players in Pittsburgh. Too bad for a franchise that used to just go out and play hard.

    Now they have become the Cowboys. Too much complaining about penalties every time they don’t catch a pass, and worse yet can’t stay away from saying childish things to the media.

    Hey Brown —————- KARMA just came calling…

  40. Everyone knows the Steeler culture starts at the top and that’s what you get unfortunately if you are a Steeler fan. The 70’s Steelers and Chuck Noll aren’t coming through that door…and if they did they would be too old.

  41. In the NFL,you cannot dismiss ANY team out of hand the way the Steelers did the Jags. Did they just forget about the 30-9 beat down the Jags laid on them weeks earlier?

  42. JAX won’t be able to beat the cheaters AND the REFs. its hard enough winning againt the cheaters, but then add in the ref….well

  43. @AlFrankenGropedMe

    Serious matter to the country that I will always put above football that only absolute imbeciles choose to ignore. Find another site to post your political beliefs on.

  44. Steelers have alot of talent but just a cheerleader for a coach.
    It’s too bad, it’s like having all of the best ingredients to make a 5 star 6 course meal, but the cook in the kitchen is blind, one-armed imbecile

  45. cowboy2016 says:
    January 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm
    Those aren’t the Steelers of the 1970’s that’s for sure.
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    Well duuuuhhhh….they test for STEROIDS now!!!

  46. ALSO EMBARRASSING AND STUPID: That time the self righteous DeCastro dove into David Bruton’s leg three seconds after the whistle back in 2015. He broke Bruton’s fibula and severed ligaments, essentially ruined his career. Biggest cheap shot of the decade. I’m sure the Pat’s are just as disappointed as you to not have the chance to kick your arse next weekend.

  47. talk about the pats getting the breaks, i have never seen any of their coaches trip players running down the sideline, pull a players hair when he is out of bounds and certainly never saw any of their coaches run onto the field to entice the other team players to get a penalty.

  48. It’s not enough NE gets a free pass to the AFC game each year by virtue of playing in a non competitive division. Now they get to face Bortles, and possible Fole’s in the SB.

    This is not the NFL of yesteryear like Bradshaw-Stabler. What could Bradshaw, Stalworth, and Swan done if they played in today’s NFL with rules that favor the offense and you can’t touch the QB or WR’s? 15 SB wins?

  49. skawh says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:16 pm
    Yes, but in all fairness everyone who saw the NE-Pittsburgh regular season game observed a CATCH TD get converted by the REF’s to a non catch. Pittsburgh, as best seed in the AFC, should have been playing the Titan’s, were it not for another blown call by the Ref’s.

    You can’t make this up. NE continues to get gifts from the Ref’s. If you want to see fair game calling you know of what I speak. It’s very obvious what’s happening.

    ————————
    No, you cant make this up. Your team was so fixated on the Patriots that they allowed themselves to get knocked out of the playoffs by their more immediate opponent. And you are so fixated on the Patriots that you blame them for being fixated on. Its very obvious what’s happening. And whats not.

  50. skawh says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:26 pm
    thrifty says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Those doing the most talking are also the ones most likely to kneel or stay in the locker room during the anthem
    ——
    It’s America. Hey when Frump will stop insulting Haitian’s and African’s maybe black players will acknowledge the greatness of America too. Until then…take a knee.

    _______________

    It’s an odd sensation being a white guy who understands what you’re saying and why it matters, at least on this site. Maybe it’s due to living in the PNW, quite a diverse area as opposed to large swaths of the country.
    I can tell you first-hand, awareness is spreading, at least in the so called ‘liberal cesspools’ such as Seattle.
    I enjoy spending time with people different than myself and can’t fully comprehend why anyone wouldn’t.
    People are surprisingly interesting at times, kernels of wisdom come from unexpected places. Echo chambers are monotonous.
    And to anyone who’ll listen: (((We can vehemently disagree about a topic and still not hate/dislike each other)))
    Common ground is generally easier to find than uncommon ground, given the chance.

  51. Pats are in the AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME….
    Pats have BRADY for probably 4 more years
    BB will coach at least as long as Brady is there
    Kraft is the GLUE that allows this unprecedented success to continue
    Currently the Pats have 3 picks in the first 2 rounds & 4 in the top 100
    YES, LIFE IS OUTSTANDING IN PATRIOT NATION!!!

  52. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing Jag’s owner Shahid Khan at the White House this year. That should be interesting. McDonald Trump won’t have the slightest clue about any of it. What a dope.
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    Why would Trump have an issue with Khan? Shad Khan is an American citizen.

  53. I Like decastro…….but saying\blaming your teams bravado for losing is disrespectful to Jacksonville. jags came and played good game. steelers put up 40+ points and lost. ben didn’t talk any smack yet had a couple of turnovers that helped jags…..Kudos to Jacksonville.

  54. skawh says:
    January 14, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    It’s not enough NE gets a free pass to the AFC game each year by virtue of playing in a non competitive division. Now they get to face Bortles, and possible Fole’s in the SB.

    _____________________________________________________________________________________

    Interesting you say that seeing as how two teams from the AFC East made the playoffs this season, one of which was the Buffalo Bills. And interesting that the Dolphins made it last season. Also interesting that Brady and the Patriots have a better winning percentage against every other division that’s not the AFC East. But please, keep telling us how non-competitive the AFC East is.

  55. The steelers organization and Mike Tomlin as their leader are the most unprofessional organization in the entire NFL.

    Year in and out they shoot their mouthes out and then get smacked down. They are an embarassement no question!

  56. Well, at least the coach and team won’t have to be bothered with our National Anthem until next August. We know how much distaste they have for it.

  57. the8man says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:28 pm
    It doesn’t matter who rolls into Foxboro. It’s an NFL team with the world’s best football players. If you don’t plan and practice hard and execute, you will get beat.

    The Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets taught us this.

    If you don’t play every minute to the end of the game and make the most of every opportunity get, you will lose.

    The New York Giants taught us this.

    Go Patriots!

    _________________

    Both the Seahawks and Falcons managed to exemplify both statements in each of their respective SuperBowls, though it pains me to say it.
    Some may consider this an ‘honesty ISN’T the best policy’ scenario but hey, if the truth hurts… change.

  58. I blame mike Tomlin for not getting his team ready to play. Bill would never let the patriots overlook an opponent. It is one thing to lose and another to talk about your opponent like they don’t even exist. This has to piss you off if your a steeler fan.

  59. Kelly Arvin says:
    January 14, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing Jag’s owner Shahid Khan at the White House this year. That should be interesting. McDonald Trump won’t have the slightest clue about any of it. What a dope.
    ———————————————————————————————————
    Why would Trump have an issue with Khan? Shad Khan is an American citizen.
    ——-
    And a REAL billionaire who tells the truth a heckuva lot more without shaming America overseas. What happened to the recent trip to the UK? Oh wait…

  60. mathprof84 says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:44 pm
    skawh says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:16 pm
    Yes, but in all fairness everyone who saw the NE-Pittsburgh regular season game observed a CATCH TD get converted by the REF’s to a non catch. Pittsburgh, as best seed in the AFC, should have been playing the Titan’s, were it not for another blown call by the Ref’s.
    ——
    Did you and your superfluous apostrophes happen to see the exact same call overturned on Sanu this weekend in the Falcons/Eagles game for the exact same (correct) reason? Where’s the outrage?
    —————-

    Steelers fans only watch Steelers games. Did you not know this? The world revolves around Pittsburgh. They probably won’t even watch the Super Bowl

  61. jolink653 says:
    January 14, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    skawh says:
    January 14, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    It’s not enough NE gets a free pass to the AFC game each year by virtue of playing in a non competitive division. Now they get to face Bortles, and possible Fole’s in the SB.

    _____________________________________________________________________________________

    Interesting you say that seeing as how two teams from the AFC East made the playoffs this season, one of which was the Buffalo Bills. And interesting that the Dolphins made it last season. Also interesting that Brady and the Patriots have a better winning percentage against every other division that’s not the AFC East. But please, keep telling us how non-competitive the AFC East is.
    —–
    Just recently the NFC West had 3 teams “make it” in a very competitive division. NE fans don’t want to acknowledge their obvious advantage. Of course NE has a winning percentage, they aren’t having to get beat up playing competitive teams in their division…that’s the advantage.

    You know you’re stretching a defense comeback when you use Buffalo who hasn’t won a playoff game in over 2 decades, and Miami not much better. Hey NE, what legit competitive QB have you had to face in your own division for how many years? Exactly.

  62. A few original observations
    • 4th and 1…. strange: no QB sneak. Hell, #7 could have extended his arms with the ball and broken the plane.
    • The secondary of Pitt was surprisingly bad.
    • Why do people try the onside kick? I don’t have the numbers, but its success rate must be in the single digits, percentage wise.
    • Coach Tomlin, why do you have spittle on your beard? A: it’s left over drool imagining more important opponents than Jax

  63. whodey420 says:

    That game and of course the outcome, TOTALLY made my day!! 🙂

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    Really? How did you feel about the outcome of the Vikes game? If your owner had half a brain he would have ditched Marv and promoted Mike Zimmer to head coach and your Bungles might actually have won a playoff game this millennium. The Steelers lost a game but at least they aren’t hopelessly lost like your team.

  64. AB was in a celebratory mood after beatiing 2-seed KC last year – all without scoring a touchdown. 3 has now beaten 2 two years in a row. Thus the proper claim by Jags of disrespect. AB wasn’t even on the Tomlin locker room speech – he was busy sap-chatting (not a misprint.) Steelers talk too much. They just take turns.You can’t even get last week’s weather out of Patriots players.

    Three games were decided very late. One wasn’t. Guess which. The hardest thing is to close the deal. And carriages revert to pumpkins sooner or later.

  65. Wasn’t sure about DeCastro when he first arrived, but I’m definitely a fan now — not only of his play but his leadership. He’s one of the main reason’s Ben’s returning next year. Certainly isn’t the coaching..

  66. Nathan says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:20 pm
    Hey Wicker-sham…. sounds like you could do an article about discord in Pitt…..

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    They would still just blame the Patriots for that too.

  67. Hey Mike Mitchell, what the heck happened….all game long wolfing…Tomlin get a hold of your team…in the pros will never happen.

  68. rcali says:
    January 14, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Well, at least the coach and team won’t have to be bothered with our National Anthem until next August. We know how much distaste they have for it.
    ——
    “Distaste” for a President who doesn’t honor America’s laws and norms you mean? Absolutely agreed. It’s amazing how the anthem debacle still gets traction today, whilst America’s election being attacked by a foreign adversary…nada. True patriotism is in short supply today.

    Go JAGS!!!

  69. Every time someone yells “Fake News”, the world gets a little dumber. Only those who don’t like the what’s being said irrationally scream Fake News.

  70. skawh says:
    January 14, 2018 at 10:48 pm
    jolink653 says:
    January 14, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    skawh says:
    January 14, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    It’s not enough NE gets a free pass to the AFC game each year by virtue of playing in a non competitive division. Now they get to face Bortles, and possible Fole’s in the SB.

    _____________________________________________________________________________________

    Interesting you say that seeing as how two teams from the AFC East made the playoffs this season, one of which was the Buffalo Bills. And interesting that the Dolphins made it last season. Also interesting that Brady and the Patriots have a better winning percentage against every other division that’s not the AFC East. But please, keep telling us how non-competitive the AFC East is.
    —–
    Just recently the NFC West had 3 teams “make it” in a very competitive division. NE fans don’t want to acknowledge their obvious advantage. Of course NE has a winning percentage, they aren’t having to get beat up playing competitive teams in their division…that’s the advantage.

    You know you’re stretching a defense comeback when you use Buffalo who hasn’t won a playoff game in over 2 decades, and Miami not much better. Hey NE, what legit competitive QB have you had to face in your own division for how many years? Exactly.

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    It kills me how guys argue that the reason the Patriots win championships they dont have to face good teams. That means each of those years they went through all the top AFC teams and then beat the top NFC team. So thats really just another way of saying the Patriots are the best team in football.

  71. tylawspick6 says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:50 pm
    Sinuous Sausage says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:34 pm
    Brady collapses in the face of a competent defense. Reference Denver in 2013 and 2015.

    Jags have a shot

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    Umm, err, the pats limped in with b squads and almost pulled it off in 2015.

    Your desperation is telling

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    The 2015 AFCC game Patriots team had Brady, Gronk, Edelman, Amendola all playing. The reason we lost was Manning scored twice as many TDs as Brady. I don’t believe the Jags and Bortles can do that next week. So the Patriots will win comfortably.

  72. ryann252013 –

    You can always use the ignore button. It would be easier than having to read your self righteous grandstand blabber.

  73. Jacksonville is not that good and now they are overrated again. They were 10-3 and lost their last three games They were lucky to catch the Steelers sleeping. The Steelers played down to the level of their competition all year and it finally caught up with them. The Patriots rarely lose because they aren’t prepared. They’ll be ready and so will the crowd.

  74. tylawspick6 says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:53 pm
    intellectualpenury says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:39 pm
    Fire Todd Haley. Wouldn’t have had to rally from 21-point hole without his stupid obsession with screen passes. They got going when Roethlisberger was able to cut it loose.
    Get one-way tickets for Haley and Mike Mitchell. Also put out an APB for T.J. Watt, who was invisible today.

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    Bud dupree is a bust and watt is on his way there as predicted

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    Yes and No. Dupree is a bust like Jarvis Jones was. Watt on other hand is not a bust.

  75. pastabelly says:
    January 14, 2018 at 11:31 pm
    Jacksonville is not that good and now they are overrated again.
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    They’re good enough to make it to the superbowl.

  76. How can you not have a quarterback sneak in your list of plays? Roethlisberger said they haven’t used it for years. I find this a bit ridiculous… I am not a Pats fan but I’ve seen Brady use it effectively pretty much every time he tries it, which is a few times every season…

    Not sure why Tomlin or Haley think Roethlisberger cannot execute it… SMH

  77. Why wasn’t DeCastro telling them to shut up before the game was played?

    Or saying – in the media – hey, we need to focus on the Jags because if Ben can post a 22.6 passer rating IN THE SUPERBOWL and win, Bortles can come here and win.

  78. Tomlin never should have been hired in the first place, he’s nowhere near HC material.

    He benefits from a good solid organization with great owners and management and fanbase.

    They are probably the most talented team in the NFL, but they’re going home.

  79. The Steelers deserve credit for almost pulling off a Patriot level comeback. Other teams would have turtled. This does of course cast a bit of shade on the Jags D. Some amazing connections between Ren/AB/Bryant. It was the best game to watch so far. Minnesota ending was fun but the other 57 minutes was mind numbing.

  80. Steelers should be proud of themselves. They were the only team to get a bye and then get Clown stomped at home. Who does that? Gotta give them credit for thinking they had some business staying in the game with 42 garbage time points. It’s easy to score touchdowns when the other team knows you’re just running out the clock.

  81. This will be the Patriots 7th straight AFC Championship game. That is insane, and I for one am quite sick of seeing them. For integrity of the game, Bill Belichick should retire from the Pats and open a coaching university that all other coaches must graduate from in order to coach in the NFL. The NFL should offer him $10mil/yr to do so.

  82. Nothing better than shutting up all those Steeler fans. Nothing.
    Eagles and Patriots fans are tough but are fun to argue with, Steelers fans, not so much…glad you’re gone.

  83. 1. Steelers score 42 points against the vaunted Jaguar defense.
    2. Steelers defense allow Bortles and the Jag offense to score 45 points against them. The Pats defense won’t allow the Jags offense to come anywhere near there.
    3. The Patriots are laser-focused on the Jags now. Even as i’m typing this the GOAT head coach and best in the business coaching staff are formulating a game plan designed to beat the Jags.
    4. If the Pats continue to play like they did against the Titans then there isn’t a team on Earth that can beat them.
    That’s it. Carry on.

  84. The Steelers and their coach are more representative of the mindset of MOST of the NFL. They are no longer Football players, they are dancing clowns who FORGOT its a TEAM sport. They dance and show off when the clock is running and taunt and cause their team penalties. The Jags almost lost the game by giving Pittsburgh 15 yards on the kickoff, so as bad as Tomlin is, many of the other teams and coaches are not much better, except for BB

  85. joetoronto says:
    January 15, 2018 at 7:33 am

    They are probably the most talented team in the NFL, but they’re going home.
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    On what basis are the Steelers the most talented team in the league? They have Ben, AB, Bell a couple of other decent players, 35 absolute scrubs and a coaching stuff that is terrible at game planning and even worse at play calling.

  86. People are praising the De Castro here, like he is some kind of hero. He is still practicing the Steeler way. Saying things to the press, that need to be kept in house. So classy! After last year’s AFC championship game, I thought the patriots had the Steelers number (actually, I have thought that after winning the AFC TITLE on their field twice in four years).But, now we don’t actually even have to go on the field to defeat them. We are onto Jacksonville.

  87. Steelers fan here. I live and die with them and always will. That being said, it is time for BIG changes in Pittsburgh. The Rooney’s are far too loyal. Tomlin, Haley, Butler and a slew of players need to go. Time to start drafting some good character players like DeCastro, Villanueva, James Harrison..etc. I have no doubt that Bill B. would have squashed all of the nonsense. That is why we are looking up at them. We fans are eating crow. I hope the players are having seconds. What an embarrassment..!

  88. skawh says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:16 pm
    Yes, but in all fairness everyone who saw the NE-Pittsburgh regular season game observed a CATCH TD get converted by the REF’s to a non catch. Pittsburgh, as best seed in the AFC, should have been playing the Titan’s, were it not for another blown call by the Ref’s.

    You can’t make this up. NE continues to get gifts from the Ref’s. If you want to see fair game calling you know of what I speak. It’s very obvious what’s happening.

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    I agree that it should have been a catch, but by the rule book it was not. I didn’t understand it either until I read the rule. That being said, your team gave up 45 points to the Jaguars AT HOME. There is no way they were winning a SB this year.

  89. skawh says:
    January 14, 2018 at 9:16 pm
    Yes, but in all fairness everyone who saw the NE-Pittsburgh regular season game observed a CATCH TD get converted by the REF’s to a non catch. Pittsburgh, as best seed in the AFC, should have been playing the Titan’s, were it not for another blown call by the Ref’s.

    You can’t make this up. NE continues to get gifts from the Ref’s. If you want to see fair game calling you know of what I speak. It’s very obvious what’s happening.

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    I can’t believe a Seahawks fan is talking about teams getting “gifts from the refs”

  90. If you look back to the 2005 and 2008 Steelers you won’t see too many characters like Brown and Bell. They are the most talented players you will find at their respective positions, but they don’t care about winning.

    Bell talking about next year’s contract before a playoff game and Brown celebrating TDs like they are blowing out Jax was ridiculous.

  91. And we all know where the players get it from. Reality is this team will never win another SB as long as Tomlin is the head coach. I have never seen an NFL coach as arrogant as this guy whose team continually fails to back up his big mouth. Same cliche answers year after year when they choke. This years team won in spite of him and those other 2 clowns on the staff. That was evident by all of the last minute wins against inferior opponents. This loss was an absolute embarrassment that will not be forgotten for a long time.

  92. Mike Tomlin is NOT a compotent coach, He has THE BEST running back in the league, THE BEST wide reciever in the league, probably a top five QB in the league and he squanders it every year with horrible game management decisions. While lesser regarded coaches are still in the playoffs with QBs named Keenan, Foles and Bortles. It is time that the Rooney’s stop just extending contracts with this guy who could only win a Super Bowl with Cowhers team. It’s been a decade now… and nothing but failure since. I don’t care about regular season records, that should be a given with the talent on that roster.

  93. walker1191 says:
    January 15, 2018 at 8:48 am
    joetoronto says:
    January 15, 2018 at 7:33 am

    They are probably the most talented team in the NFL, but they’re going home.
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    On what basis are the Steelers the most talented team in the league? They have Ben, AB, Bell a couple of other decent players, 35 absolute scrubs and a coaching stuff that is terrible at game planning and even worse at play calling.
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    By talent I obviously mean players and I think you knew that but it didn’t serve your agenda.

    The Steelers also have an awesome O-line and they were the reason they hung that many points and yards on the Jags. The Jags are used to getting steady pressure from their front 4.

  94. walker1191 says:
    January 15, 2018 at 8:48 am
    joetoronto says:
    January 15, 2018 at 7:33 am

    They are probably the most talented team in the NFL, but they’re going home.
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    On what basis are the Steelers the most talented team in the league? They have Ben, AB, Bell a couple of other decent players, 35 absolute scrubs and a coaching stuff that is terrible at game planning and even worse at play calling.

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    WHAT?!?!?! Bell, Brown, Roethlisberger, Schuster-Smith, Bryant alone are all really top notch. The Steelers are LOADED with talent but manage to lose every year.

  95. 16 straight games of dirty play combined with a bunch of showboating “me first” clowns and an obnoxious fan base isn’t going to get you to the AFC championship. Enjoy your off season of blaming refs, the OC, the DC, the HC and the Rooney rule. It’s a great prerequisite to a 7thstraight playoff choke.

  96. Patsareinyourheads says:

    People are praising the De Castro here, like he is some kind of hero. He is still practicing the Steeler way. Saying things to the press, that need to be kept in house.
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    You’re right, but I’m just so relieved and happy to know someone on this team gets it that I’m willing to overlook his public comments this time.

  97. OK, we’ve found the one Steeler with a brain. You guys now have a building block. Start building.

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