Steelers Lounge Podcast #56: Texans Recap – Ray Mansfield

So, yeah, that was a barrel of monkeys. It’s one thing for the offensive line to be in shambles — we’ve come to expect that. But when the defensive front seven gets so convincingly manhandled that any running back can go for 155 yards, there are reasons for concern. (And that was an easy 155 for Arian Foster. I’m not sure he broke a sweat.)

But we’re only a week into the season, it is what it is, the standard is the standard and so on and so forth. Whatever your favorite Tomlinism, the reality is that Roethlisberger may or may not play against the Titans Sunday, and if he does, there’s no guarantee he’ll finish given the current state of, well, everything.

I wasn’t ready to buy into the DEFENSE IS OLD meme that we’ve heard since Week 1 but the Steelers aren’t doing much to prove the critics wrong. Anyway, we talk about the Texans game and, surprisingly, there aren’t many positives.

Steelers Lounge Podcast #56: Houston Recap

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  • Anonymous

    From Twitter:
    jimwexell James C Wexell
    Woodley’s only poor play was 42 TD run by Foster. Error in backside fundamentals.

  • Dave Duncan

    Something to think about.  Have the Steelers faced zone blocking against all 4 teams?  Of course, Baltimore may not run it full time.  But they did show this vs. the Steelers and when I was watching vs. the Jets last night.  It’s not that they haven’t been successful vs it before, obviously.  The biggest issue, IMO, is that the OL or TEs are getting to the 2nd level quite easily.  Forget that Farrior is getting overmatched by a TE.  That shouldn’t happen very often.

    I would agree, though, that the LBs are a disappointment.  Specifically Woodley.  Harrison, I had less expectations because of the off season surgery.  Timmons and Farrior are getting sucked up by the opposing OL/TE (which shouldn’t happen).

  • Mike L

    Although it was mentioned Hood played the whole game, not having Keisel has hurt the front 7.  Instead of Hood being opposite Keisel he is opposite an aging Smith and Heyward is having to sub Smith.  It is good that Heyward is getting some reps but Keisel’s return can only help the defense.  Also not mentioned is the Steelers played 3 of 4 games on the road.  Through the first 3 weeks, at least, teams have not played well on the road which I feel is a result of the shortened off season.  This week the Titans have their 2nd straight road game and the Steelers should be more comfortable playing at home.

  • Anonymous

    Jim was posting some weird stuff on the Twitter:

    “Offense just hasnt taken next step. Cant beat quality on road. Expect tighter effort & win w/Batch nxt wk”

    “Clearly Pouncey’s best game of yr. Enjoying hell outta watching him agn. BTW block was in back not late.”

    That being said, I think you guys were a bit pessimistic even for me on the podcast today. Yes, we looked awful in the first half, but we actually forced Houston into some big three-and-outs defensively in the second half, including stoning Foster cold on several runs. The defense gave the offense a chance to get back into the game – our OL simply couldn’t give Ben enough time to do so.

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