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  • #91
    DC Dom Capers liked his “rover” defense enough to keep dropping his best outside rusher, ROLB Clay Matthews, and rushing only three on the final five snaps. Jenkins got to the quarterback twice, including a sack offset by a flagrant hold on Bell, but he wasn’t even on the field for that final play.

    Instead, the three-man rush came from two little-used backups (OLB Brady Poppinga and rookie DL Jarius Wynn) and DL Johnny Jolly, whose late rush appeared to be slowed by C Justin Hartwig’s hold on his jersey. The trio entered the game with one QB sack combined.

    Capers has said many times his primary preoccupation with blitzing is opening creases for an opponent's running game. Well, offenses don't get much more one-dimensional than Pittsburgh's was, yet Capers rushed five or more on only 11 of Roethlisberger's 57 dropbacks (19.3 percent) — and none on the final drive.
    I don't know what the **** Capers was thinking, but it didn't work, at all. I don't get it, we have a horrible nickel cornerback, our defense plays better when we blitz, and we were playing against one of the best quarterbacks in the game, and yet for whatever reason we hardly blitz at all, and rush three on pretty much every play on the last drive. How do you even begin to explain that...

    Hitman D

    "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." - Henry David Thoreau

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    • #92
      I know this is going to come off as a thought of a bitter fan, but as the quote about Capers mentioned, that really looked like a pretty big hold by Hartwig for the final play. It would almost seem that Jolly might have been able to disrupt Ben's pass or rhythm if he was given the chance. And I know that holds like this happen all the time and that we've benefited from no-calls in the past, but it just leaves a little bit of a bitter taste in my mouth.

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      • #93
        Originally posted by Twiddler View Post
        I know this is going to come off as a thought of a bitter fan, but as the quote about Capers mentioned, that really looked like a pretty big hold by Hartwig for the final play. It would almost seem that Jolly might have been able to disrupt Ben's pass or rhythm if he was given the chance. And I know that holds like this happen all the time and that we've benefited from no-calls in the past, but it just leaves a little bit of a bitter taste in my mouth.
        Calls go both ways, so I try to stay away from saying this or that shoulda been called...But I completely agree. There were several no calls on blatant holdings.

        Add that to the terrible replay reversal on Mathews and a couple fluke plays on that last drive. One damn frustrating loss.

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        • #94
          I like Mason Crosby, I wish he wasn't having the misses he was. I think he is a good kicker, but I think it's psychological. I am hoping he can turn it around, but I would understand if the team makes a move if the misses continue. I have had high hopes for Mason as our kicker of the future.

          And we need something different than Bush and Bell in the secondary...


          Go Packers, Chiefs, Mizzou Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Chicago Bulls, No. 31 Jeff Burton!

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