Morning Links (and Daily Thread)…

A quick daily look at what’s happening around Steelers Nation. And consider this your open thread for discussing the days events and, well, anything else that comes to mind about the Black and Gold.

– Don’t blame Heath Miller for the loss [Pittsburgh SB Nation]

– Steelers-Saints postgame thoughts [Post Game Heroes]

– Smizik logic (you’re welcome!): Saints have “idiotic” OC, too [Smizik's World]

– Another Steelers Lounge podcast [Us]

– Thad Gibson’s gone [Us]

– Last, least: Pittsburgh Power schedule has been released [Pittsburgh Power]

And for your Random YouTube Magic: the one that got away…

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  • steeler junky

    Smizik’s world; Don’t care to much about he posts about Arians. I am not an Arians hater, though I certainly think Arians has room for improvement in making game time adjustments.
    But when Smizik writes about Arians he always comes off sounding like Arin’s agent or a member of the family.

  • Cols714

    I think I’ve become an Arians apologist because I think he’s put together some pretty good offenses over the years. I think he could be more creative and relies on Ben too much, but overall he’s done a good job. I actually think he was more creative while Ben was out and I wish we’d seen some of that stuff vs the Saints.

    Mostly I’m an Arians backer because I think that criticizing an offensive play after it didn’t work is too easy and is the lazy way out for fans. Now when something crazy and stupid is called, like a QB end around on 3rd and 6 in a playoff game, or a reverse when only 1 yard is needed, or passing the ball in insane weather like in Cleveland, sure the guy deserves whatever criticism you are going to give him. But pretty much every fan hates his team’s offensive coordinator after a loss. Cam Cameron, the guy that Steelers’ fans love for some reason, was getting all sorts of heat for the NE loss. Jason Garrett is getting criticized daily, and so on. This is just the nature of the position because it’s so easy to just say, “they should’ve passed the ball there” when a run gets stuffed.

    Against the Saints, I thought the Steelers had got into a pretty good rhythm on the drive before Miller fumbled and it looked like they were moving the ball again. Then Miller fumbled and the game was basically over because Drew Brees was insanely hot.

    I don’t know why they don’t use the QB sneak down at the one yard line though. That seemed to me to be the obvious call. That being said, when you are that close, running it 3 times up the middle is exactly what I would do.

    • GlennW

      Cols, one thing that I think many Steelers fans are loathe to acknowledge is that, for all his goodness/greatness at the position, Roethlisberger often decides to play his own game regardless of the play call or situation, and more often than I would like that results in some stupid decisions (like the fumbles, or taking sacks while in FG range). And I’m not saying that Ben shouldn’t play his style, just that the OC always gets blamed for these failures and rarely the QB. Would another OC get more out of Ben than Arians does? Maybe, maybe not. I do think that by and large Arians allows Ben to call the shots on the field, and that we should consider if that’s what we want or don’t want in demanding changes.

  • ryan

    Added a video. Somehow I totally forgot to do that this morning.

  • Smheart78

    Here’s a little pick me up since the Saints loss
    Came out today