Kareighuis wrote:Leaving aside playcalling/coaching questions, I'm inclined to say the oline is the main culprit for this loss. They didn't pass block well enough- 8 sacks by the Browns!?
However, they let the Browns rack up 171 yards rushing against one of the best run-defenses in the league. 87 of those yards by Josh Cribbs from the wildcat.
Something else that surprised me- Mendenhall had 16 for 53 yards (along with 17 yards receiving). Rotowire says, "Mendenhall just could not get in gear against one of the worst rush defenses in the league. You can say the cold weather was a factor, but that did not prevent the Browns from gaining 171 yards on the ground on the best rush defense in the league."
Was the poor rushing performance on the offensive linemen or was it on Mendy?
Don't be so quick to rush judgment on the Oline....The Sacks were almost all coverage sacks. The Brown's secondary did a good job staying plastered to the Steeler's receivers. The ground game....well, lets say there was predictability in the playcalling. When they lined up in a running formation, they ran. When they lined up in a passing formation, they passed. The Oline didn't have stellar play, but it's not all their fault. All around horrible game in all aspects of the game for the Steelers.