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OTTOTD: Well, the Succaneers are back.


  • Davin Joseph might be our only above average offensive linemen and he's not even being used to his full potential. Trueblood's blocks as well as menstrual fluid, Vincent has heavy ankles, Faine gets no push, and Penn is a lightweight. Part of it may have to do with our system -- Joseph, Faine, and Zuttah are all the type of interior linemen that should be pulling into space. The zone system was supposed to make blocking assignments easier, but it's become apparent that it does not our fit talent level. Vincent, Penn and Trueblood aren't quick enough to execute it.
  • Freeman was rattled all day and I don't think it had anything to do with the pass rush. There were plenty of opportunities for The Motherfuckin' Time to get into his drop and pick out a pass, but the Steelers' coverage was confusing him. LeBeau must have used five different looks in the second drive alone, using stunting linemen, mixed zone/man coverage (including Polamalu doing shit like picking up a wide receiver), and crossing blitzers. After that drive, Freeman was very timid about his throws, often pushing the ball out of his hand in hesitation instead of actually following through with his mechanics. I'm not sure the playcalling helped either. Most of our success came with crossing patterns and shorter routes -- Free's beautiful rollout, side-armed pass to Mike Williams comes to mind. Yet for extended periods in the game, three receivers would be running intermediate to long routes, all 12 yards are further down field.
  • Kellen Winslow's catch on the sideline between Lamar Woodley and the safety was absurd. 
  • No pass rush whatsoever today. The only time I can remember our defensive line penetrating was Gerald McCoy getting the best of his man, forcing Batch up into the pocket.. and then Batch beat Cody Grimm today. Raheem wasn't nearly creative enough with his blitz package. Once Batch threw the opening interception, the Steelers went max protect and it came down to individual match ups in the secondary.
  • Which we lost. Cody Grimm getting beat deep when he had a chance to make a play, Talib deflecting a sure interception on a terrible throw into Mike Wallace's hands, Ronde getting beat on the sideline and not catching up to the receiver... Lose the majority of your 1v1 situations and you're probably going to lose the game.
  • Also, Connor Barth couldn't abort his own baby by kicking his wife in the stomach. What a pussyfoot.

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