Questionable Fourth-Quarter Coaching Costs Steelers Another Loss

Posted: 27th September 2009 by David Law in NFL
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For the second consecutive week the Pittsburgh Steelers have lost a game they should have won. After falling to the Chicago Bears in Week 2, the Steelers blew an early 13-0 lead to the Cincinnati Bengals, ultimately losing 23-20 in the last minute. Both losses came in games where the Steelers should have been in control after strong starts, in games against supposedly lesser opponents. A common factor in both losses seems to be questionable coaching philosophies. In the fourth quarter of both losses the Steelers' play calling became remarkably conservative and predictable. The loss of Troy Polamalu has clearly been a blow for the Steelers. However in the latter stages of both games the Steelers' defense seemed to play it safe. The result was little or no pressure on Jay Cutler and Carson P ...

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