- Grove City, Pennsylvania

December 12, 2012

STAIRWAY TO 7: Steelers fail to beat teams they are supposed to beat

By Corey J. Corbin
Allied News Sports Columnist

OPINION — INSTEAD OF TACKLING just one Steelers related topic this week, I think I’ll have to talk about several things.

There’s that much to dissect in the latest embarassing loss for the Black and Gold.

I promise I won’t let the opportunity slip through my fingertips.

ä Speaking of slipping through fingers, the Steelers will only have themselves to blame after letting another winable game slip through their fingertips.

After losing to Tennessee, Oakland and Cleveland already this season, Pittsburgh is in trouble.

These are games that good teams not only find a way to win, but win convincingly, yet, the Steelers play down to their competition and then lose the game.

The Steelers had no business losing to any of them, especially the Chargers Sunday at home and many players have admitted they play down to their competition.

Sadly if you didn’t know any better, Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin were the guys getting canned at the end of the month instead of A.J. Smith and Norv Turner.

Turner’s players were all revved up and ready to play — they didn’t look like a team that had quit on their coach.

The Steelers, on the otherhand, appeared as though they were playing out the string instead of playing for their playoff lives, which it looks like they will.

ä If I didn’t know better, I’d say Mike Wallace has nothing to play for.

Dude has made two -- that’s right two -- plays all year. The acrobatic touchdown catch against Kansas City and one across against the New York Giants.

Aside from that, he’s been stumbling and bumbling his way out of Pittsburgh.

He wants to be paid Larry Fitzgerald money, but will be lucky to get Antonio Brown money.

Wallace is showing that he truly is a ‘one-trick pony.’

He has done little in the way of establishing himself as a No. 1 receiver with all his drops and failures at pivotal times.

ä I saw many people trying to blame Ben Roethlisberger for the loss.

Or saying that he looked rusty.

I don’t know that I’d attribute much of the blame to him for the loss Sunday.

I thought he played pretty well all things considered.

Is it his fault that Brown and Wallace both dropped very catchable balls with Brown’s bouncing off his shoulder pads and Wallace allowing what could have been a touchdown pass go right through his fingers.

Is it his fault that his offensive line looked like it was a matador waving a reg flag in front of a charging bull? Or that David Paulson got pushed so far back that a ball bounced off him and into the endzone on a bubble screen?

The answer to all those questions? Quite simply, no.

ä Simply put, the Steelers need to play like the team that beat Baltimore two weeks ago and not the stumbling and bumbling outfit that lost to the hapless Browns, Raiders, Titans and Chargers if they entertain any notion of playing football in December.

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