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Pats Vs. Steelers
Here's what I saw happen and not happen during Sundays game.
UGGGGGG! Son of a BLEEEEEEP-BLEEEEPPPPP!
Now that's off my chest; below are some thoughts both good and bad.
I asked Coach Tomlin at this weeks Post Patriots Press Conference what he thought about both Mike Mitchell and Sean Spence's performance.
I knew the answer. He watched the same game tape I watched. Click on the You Tube link above to see his answer to me.
I have covered him long enough to know "The Code" in his answers. Basically he told me it was none of my damn business!
He knows what we all know!!
Mike Mitchell: Grade C.
I like Mike. In the past he's had the “assassin” mentality that I want and need in my safeties!
I have no idea if he was injured yesterday or what the hell was wrong with him.
1/In the first period Cooks beat him deep. Mike had plenty of time to react, get on Cook's and make a play. Instead he got burned. Mike was sitting in the middle, there was no other receiver to his right flats and still he could not close. Of course, it did not help that Artie Burns was primary on Cook's and let him run free.
2/Mike got Gronked! Time and time again Mike had a chance to “deliver a blow” to Gronk as the second tackler. He didn't! Each time Mike either broke down and then made a assist or on several plays avoided contact with Gronk all together! Example: In the 3rd with 12:37 on the clock and second and four Bardy hit Gronk down the left side lines for a thirty five yard catch. Burns and Davis were all over Gronk, but he still made the catch. Mike had time to still deliver a blow to Gronk to “make him pay” for the catch; instead he pulled up.
3/On the same drive Brady made a great play and throw to Cook's in the end zone for a TD. Again, Mike could have laid out Cook with a “legal hit”. It may have not have made Cook drop the ball or it might have. The point is a “HIT” was to be had legally. Instead he pulled up!
4/Gronk's epic takeover of the game with 2:00 left in the fourth quarter also showed Mike's tepidness.
5/When Lewis scored the go-ahead TD with :57second left on the clock; Mike was completely lost. He immediately was in a Pass Defense posture, he could have made a play on Lewis at about the two yard line; instead the tape again looks like he pulled up.
Simply, this isn't the Mike Mitchell we have come to know. Was he injured or perhaps, perhaps the NFL's “sissy-fication” of the game and enormous fines levied onto hard hitting Safeties like Mitchell were in the back of his mind.
Lev Bell: GRADE A++++
24 carriers/117 yards and 1 TD! He simply looked amazing.
Enjoy every second he, AB and Ben play for your Steelers. You are watching greatness!
Sean Spence: GRADE F+
Where do I even start? I gave him the + simply because he didn't hurt himself during warm up's or putting on his uniform. And most importantly he didn't hit any of his own players with friendly fire. Hell, he didn't hit anyone!
1/The Steelers opted to bring a guy off the streets and start him in place of the irreplaceable Ryan Shazier.
The starting inside linebacker had 3 tackles and 1 asst. That SUCKS! Sucks, Sucks!
He could not find the ball! He got lost in the pile, he got lost behind his own D-Lineman, he could NOT get off blocks.
He simply was the 11th man on the field.
At times he spun around inside the scrum line in a vain attempt to find the ball.
1/On the Burkehead TD , 9:02 1st Quart, he literally fell on his face at the line of scrimmage! No one touched him. He fell over a Guard who was spread out before him. Did you ever see Linebackers run laterally over five or six bags on the ground at Latrobe during camp. This is an old and basic LB drill. It let's you know who has feet and who doesn't.
2/At 9:39 in the 3rd, Gronk made a catch. He came right through Spence's zone. Mitchell and Burns did their best to hit Gronk. He mainly fell on his own accord. Spence had the opportunity to DELIVER A HIT on GRONK. He could have dislodged the ball. Or at the very least might have inflicted a little pain on Gronk to make him think twice when going through Spence's zone. Instead, Spence let Burns and Mitchell do the work! WEAK!
3/Vince Williams had the great interception at 4:31 in the 3rd. "Ball-Oskie" is what we were always Coached to scream out when a defensive player made an interception. It lets the whole Defense know that there's an interception. You then should turn up field and look for someone to block to help your man out.
Watch the above video. Spence does not do that. Instead he runs ten yards down field the wrong way to throw a block. A Block he never even delivers! HIT SOMEONE DAMN-IT!
Had he turned immediately up field the way Williams was running; he would have turned directly into #28 White, block him or at least get in his way. Williams would have gained at least ten more yards!
In the end; it was an AWESOME game. The Steelers came up short. But they learned one thing.
If the damn refs can stay out of the way and let the players play; the 2017 Pittsburgh Steelers can and did beat the Patriots!