After Extensive Film Study Of The Game......

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  1. outlawd2u

    outlawd2u Pro Bowler

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    Ok, I coach a little league football and 2 of the other coaches just happen to be big phins fans as well which is kinda wierd being here in VA, but anyway we got together and decided to study the game film and some of the things we noticed in general were........

    First of all the Blitz was NOT working, all it did for the most part was take someone else out of coverage and the QB generally still had just as much time to throw the ball and the result was defenders trying to cover WR's/RB's one on one for longer than they should ever have to. Either that, or Pittsburgh would hit the screen or short routes where there was no defender because they were being tied up at the O-line TRYING to blitz. The front 4 was getting a decent push, and added pressure when they only rushed those 4, and they "Probably" would have been better off letting those guys do their thing and dropping more into coverage more often. Also you could tell that there was a lot of confusion on defense. Guys didn't seem to know where they were going or where they were supposed to be in the secondary. I know though that Saban has a very complex scheme, and as they get more acclimated to it they will play a lot better.

    Culpepper: He played a decent game, but nowhere near what he is capable of. He hit some really good/differicult throws but missed some very routine, easy ones as well. Even with those missed throws though he had a very nice game up until the end with the 2 Int's in which he was just forcing the ball trying to make something to happen. Say what you want about the coverage, or how good the Pittsburgh defense is but those were two throws that should Not have been made.

    Ronnie Brown/Running Game: Yes he missed some holes, but he also found some very small ones, and then made some of his own. Ronnies vision really is not as bad as most people seem to think, and his biggest problem just may be that he has no confidence in the O-line to open a hole up for him. When you're getting defenders meeting you in the backfield the majority of the time it's going to cause you to be a little hesitant and searching to make a play on your own. The O-lines run blocking was nothing short of horrible, and it would have taken a Beast to actually have been productive running the ball last night for Miami, and I'm not just talking about someone who is really good, I mean an actual BEAST....... Like a big mythical creature that weighs 800 lbs and is fast as lightning......LoL, no but seriously it would be asking an aweful lot to expect production out of the RB with what he had to deal with. The other thing that really hurt the running game was simply that they were not running the ball. It is a LOT harder to be able to get the run game going if you are only running the ball very sporatically.

    All In all despite ALL of the things that went wrong Miami played a pretty decent game against the defending champs, and have some positive things to build on. for 1.... Daunte will only get better, the O-line will get better at run blocking(they can't get any worse IMO), the defense mainly the defensive backfield will imrpove...... Travis Daniels will provide a major boost IMO as he should know the system like the back of his hand by now where everybody else on the team is basically still learning, The front 7 looked very solid, and the WR's proved they are a playmaking group. Basically we all agreed that if we were coaching this team we wouldn't be too upset with the performance on the field but would expect much better results/execution in the future.
     
  2. PAFINFAN090

    PAFINFAN090 Well-Known Member

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    do you actually study game film for your little league football team?
     
  3. TX-FinFan

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    We have to realize Pitsburgh has one of the top 5 run defenses in the league and against our average O-Line it made for a long night. I liked what I seen out of Ronnie though. He ran hard and had a few nice shake and bake runs on the Steelers players. Surprised to not see Suggs come in for a few carries.

    What do you make of the coverage put on Chambers? Seems he just couldn't do much against Ike Taylor. Was he being doubled? I would like to see more of Hagan out there.

    I was surprised how well they ran with Parker against our D.
     
  4. testtubetimmy

    testtubetimmy Supreme Lord Emperor

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    Good post. Accurate observations. Only time will tell if and how we get better.
     
  5. MIAMI_GUNNZZ

    MIAMI_GUNNZZ Teal muscle, orange blood.

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    I agree with all you said, but you forgot something.I think offensively what killed us was the offensive coordinator. A few years back i think it was chan gailey or norv turner. He would call a wide reciever screen every other play. I would yell at the tv everytime he called it. The play calling imo was horrible. I forgot mcmicheal and chambers was on our team at one point . We were first down in the red zone and not once did we run the ball. pitt was bum rushing our back field all night long. How about running a screen play? Milarkeys play calling to me is all about trickery and deception. We needed to just line up and run the ball. Line up drop back and throw the ball. We tried to run a flea flicker and a reverse. with no results. im so angy right now its hard to put my thoughts together. Its one game we will get better. IMO if our off coordinator from last year was calling this game. we would have won this game!
     
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    This is about the same thing I concluded after watching the game..I wasn't that disappointed, I had a feeling we may lose this one..but I was hoping for a good game from our team and for the most part they gave a good showing, I'm hoping for improvement as the season go..we beat Denver way worst last year and they ended up okay, I think we have a chance to do the same.
     
  7. jdprock

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    I believe the coaches lost the game we should have been running the ball or very short passes to run the clock and try to win the game with defense. I think the coaches didnt have confidence in our D to hold them at the end of the game
     
  8. EndZone13

    EndZone13 Winning the Superbowl at Home

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    Well, you need to be pretty much 50-50 run pass, but our pass was working more than the run because we didn't have sucess running the ball. We were about 12 carries short of being balanced. Would Ronnie have done better on those 12 carries if he got them? who knows? He scored 2 TD's I don't think he could have tired Burgh's DL because our O Line wasn't plowing through them enough to give Ronnie a break. I think Cowher was figuring out Mularky's calls and beating him to the punch some of the time.
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    We did fairly well..... but 1 thing irks me........We seem to give up the really really big play that kills us!
     
  10. AftrNoon Delite

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    I agree with a lot that you said. Now I do think that if Ferrotte and Linehan were here that we would have won the game. Please!!! Don't jump on my back. I still think in the long run Culpepper is the man for the job. I just think he didn't seem to have any feel for the wide receivers. I think that is why there were a lot of WR screens and short outs. On one pass in the endzone where it was almost picked, it seemed that Pep thought Chambers was going to go to the back of the endzone and not to the corner. I'm just glad our schedule gets "easier" for a stretch so that we can improve on a lot of things. We still have a lot of work to do on both sides of the ball.
     
  11. jlfin

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    He ran for under 4 ypc. He only had 2-3 decent runs. If our offense had been able to move the ball more consistently Parker would not have had that many carries.
     
  12. FinsRule1

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    I think that the Steelers defense was better then our offense. It is that simple. DC didn't look that bad, he made some mistakes, but he has been away for over a year. I am very concerned about the secondary though. That needs to be tightened up or the Phins could be in trouble.
     
  13. Ross

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    I saw a Blitzing Thomas repeatedly be tied up with an interior lineman on a rushing play to the outside edge of the oline. The place normally where Thomas excels at when he is allowed to diagnose the play. It drove me out of my mind!
     
  14. No1Phinatic

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    Our D stuffed him for about a quarter and a half but unlike us, they didn't give up on the run and by keeping our 30 something's on the field longer and longer as the game wore on they wore us down. If our defense keeps allowing first down after first down that lead to extended drives, look for a lot of backs to get 100+ games on us with 80-90% of their total coming late in the 2nd quarter, halfway through the 3rd, and throughout the 4th quarters.
     
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    We don't have the horses on the offensive line. Period.
     
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    Good post
     
  17. DefensiveEnd#76

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    Face it, guys like Jeno James, Shelton, Bennie Anderson and Hadnot are just not very good. They are all average at best. The Steelers simply dominated our o-line. We need to make some real serious upgrades to our o-line after this season. We also have to hope that guys like Berger, Alabi and Vernon Carey improve.
     
  18. GRAPEAPE

    GRAPEAPE HI Honorary Member 3am crew

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    My guess would be that Polamalou was covering CC over the top and had C/Pep thrown more to him he may have had 3 pics. Polamalou is a sneaky little fella who has great speed in space, he would have closed pretty quick on anything over the middle. JMO

    If you take away Willies 32 yard run he finish with 83 yards on 28 carries almost 3 ypc. The big thing is Pittsburgh never abandoned the run. Even when they were down they still ran the ball. It kept the D honest. Once Miami got away from the running game Pitt. dropped 6 into coverage and dared them to throw, It worked. Pitt has a very good defense but we gave them a great game. Next week will be better.
     
  19. outlawd2u

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    I noticed this, where I pointed out the lack of running plays called was to point that out, but I was mainly trying to focus on the players and how they performed/executed
     
  20. DolfinDave

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    I agree with what everyone has said on this thread. Good thread and good posts from everyone. I saw things that needed improvement and there is no reason they shouldn't improve. We may not have every piece of the Super Bowl puzzle in place right now, but we should have at worst the pieces to a wild card contending puzzle.
     
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    We should all realize that expecting a Superbowl birth this year is not realistic. Just because all these media outlets and magazines start hyping up a team doesn't mean anything. A lot of things have to come together to become a team that gets to the Superbowl. A wildcard playoff birth is a realistic goal. When Nick was named head coach, I am sure he didn't expect us to be in a Superbowl in year 2 of his plan. I think it will take a couple more years of continuing to build through the draft and free agency to get where we want to be.
     
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    lazareth get your chief on...

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    i agree, nice post
     
  23. KTOWNFINFAN

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    Sorry, but I have to ask, DID YOU SEE THE GAME?? Did you see what happened when we ran the ball?? Did you see how great our defense was at he end of the game?? 87 yard TD on a "you gotta em, no you gotta em, opps crap I was supposed to have em" play. We played a champioship team in their house and played pretty good for a first game. We will get better, but I don't see how you can say it was the coaches fault more than the players. The only way I can see that is maybe the defense is a little too complicated for the players new to the system. Maybe we should have scaled it back some so they knew more of what they were doing. Sorry but I had to rant at someone.
     
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    I agree, the defensive players definetly blew the game. There are many things that happened that is the stat vault of NFL history tell us we wouldn't have been successful.

    1. We gave up 1 100 yard rusher, the team with a 100 yard rusher typically wins.

    2. We threw the ball 37 times.

    3. We lost the turnover battle.

    That play to Miller was awful, I don't know if our defense was tired and worn down or if that was a complete blown coverage. We better get better at covering TE's or the Pats are going to stick it up our rears.
     
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    DolfanISS Perennial All-Pro

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    I agree to a certain extent. Many teams have recently come out of nowhere to win Super Bowls in recent years. I can't think of a team that has methodically built a Super Bowl team lately. The 2000 Ravens were a suprise, in fact we beat them handily in week 3 of that season, the 2001 Pats were th biggest surprise of all, the 02 Bucs were also and the Steelers themselves kind of came out of nowhere after having a terrible year with Tommy Maddox at QB. I agree an SB birth is unlikely quite yet, but in troday's NFL I wouldn't rule anything out. It seems like any team that catches fire in November and December has a chance.
     
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    For nearly three quarters we took it to the SteelBoys,and actually took the lead from them.I'm as disappointed as any of you guys believe me.There's probably only a couple of other teams imo that could've put up any better a fight than our FinMen.Alot of things could've and should've been different.I know in Saban's case...I would've literally BURIED the challenge flag into the back of the head of the ref that was only 6 or 7 yards away from our sideline.And as far as the blown coverage on Miller's TD,alot of my so-called FinFans were calling for Zachs head."ALL" of the teams in our beloved NFL would salivate at the chance to have Zach roaming their fields."I BLEED AQUA/ORANGE"!!! Win or lose.....those are my boys. I don't always agree or like the decisions that are made,but I have an undying passion for my Boys In Aqua...I live and die with them.I'd like to think that most of you guys do the same.Just remember...Don't forget who we were playing.We played the world champions tooth and nail for three quarters on their field.I applaud our guys' efforts.Things will get better...............
     

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