I agree trumpet, at no point were we bullies. I have my own hypotheses to the cause, and have a post planned for the post season. We brought our d game, and would have been an f game were it not for Isaac redman, and Ben in the hurry up.
Originally Posted by Trumpetbdw
Here's what I feel were the 3 main causes of the loss.
1. Pittsburgh showed up not ready to play. Passion, aggressiveness, game plan. Denver swept us in those 3 aspects.
2. Pittsburgh was out coached on both sides of the ball. Offense sucked in the red zone, and was totally inconsistent unless operating from the hurry up. 2 horrible gaffes that cost this game on offense. On defense we got spanked time and time again. Bad scheme, or poor execution of the one laid out. I'll address the gaffes on both sides of the ball in #3.
3. In opposition trumpet, the major deciding factor was not having pouncey or Clark. Shouldn't have been but it was. The high snap by legursky, the protection issues late that led to the fumble sack. All on pouncey not being able to be 100%. It is what it is, but if were pointing out root causes this is 1b. No high snap, and better protection with him healthy. Issue 1a is no Clark. Those uncovered routes don't happen with Clark. He's polamalus robin. He covers for his over aggression at times, and has the speed and knowledge to recover. Mundy doesn't. He's young. He's a good player, and may be listed as the back up for both safety positions, but he's a natural Ss. That's proven by his instinct to walk into the box in ot. He can't recover, and he wasn't trying to disguise. I'll call this the safety back up wild card principle. One stupid play after we crawl back after we shouldnt costs the game. I had visions of tyrone carter having his ankles broken by garrard years ago for another wild card loss. The system is predicated on both starting safeties doing what they do, knowing each other so well. To an obvious fault.
All I can say is I'm glad Denver got this beatdown instead of us. We would have made the score closer, but the Afc champ game participant from the game would not have changed.
"If I could start my life all over again, I would be a professional football player, and you damn well better believe I would be a Pittsburgh Steeler." Jack Lambert, 1990 HoF Introduction.