Loose Slag from The Still Mill (Oct. 11th, �01)...
Some loose slag from my tape scrub...
- Stewart is still meekly hesitating far too much.� The EZ lob to Plex, the deep post to Ward, and the seamer to Plex that was thrown way behind and late, were prime examples of a scared QB who is hesitant to make a throw that involves any more risk that a 2-yard curl or a 6-yard crosser.� Each of these patterns was initially open, but Stewart�s penchant for scared hesitation ruined the window of opportunity.�� On top of that, his penchant for throwing off his back foot has not even remotely been eradicated.� I say again -� this team cannot languish with an inept, scared QB much longer.��
- I was really stunned with how little risk Cinci coach D. LeBeau took in trying to stack the line against the run.� Rarely ever the entire day did Cinci put more than 6 men at the LOS.�� Don�t expect this occur each week.� At some point in time -� perhaps as early as the Chefs game -� teams are, just as has occurred midway thru the past 3 seasons, going to realize that the 15-cent passing offense cannot burn an aggressive defense that puts 8 men along the LOS.�
- Forget the �bobbled snap by Stewart� in the ill-fated 4th-&-goal plunge that was stuffed early in the game.� Here�s what really happened, and you�ll only read this here at Stillers.com:� At the snap, Mark Breuner, the God of Blocking who was lined up to the left of LT Wayne Gandy, literally got blasted backwards and crumpled onto his rear.�� As if that weren�t bad enough, FB Jon Witman popped out of his stance as upright and erect as a giraffe, and tip-toed into the line with all the speed of a glacier.� You throw these 2 factors into a goal-line plunge, and you�ve got a fiasco on your hands.�� CBS showed only 1 replay of this plunge, and it was from an on-field angle taken from the far RIGHT of the formation, so unless you taped this game, you�d probably never know what really occurred.�
- It was a nice gesture for the refs to stop the game after Bettis got his 10,000th yard.�� What I didn�t understand, is why they didn�t do a similar gesture 3 plays later, when Jerame Tuman, lined up at FB, threw his first-ever block in the National Football League.
-� Nice gains by Amos Zereoue on toss sweeps.� He gained 17 yards on one in the 3rd quarter, and gained 25 on another in the 4th quarter that was called back on a holding call on Shaw, which really had nothing to do with the actual gain.�� Fortunately, Jerome Bettis, who�d averaged 1 yard on 6 toss sweeps in our 2 previous games, ran none versus the Bungals.
- Upon second thought, maybe the refs will stop the game when Tuman catches his first ever NFL pass...
- The low pass that Bettis caught, and gained 6 yards on, actually hit the grass and should have been ruled incomplete.�� Since it was such a meager gain, the Bengals didn�t contest it.�� The pass was lower than it should have been, but Bettis, hampered by that girth, had obvious difficulty bending over to retrieve it.�
- Nice lead block by Chris Fu on Amoz�s 7-yard run in the 4th quarter.�� The best all-around FB on this team is none other than the man with the longest name.�
- Cowher, on Stew�s underthrown fade pass to Buress in the EZ: �Don�t underthrow a 6-5� guy.� That�s all I told Kordell.�� That�s great coaching, isn�t it?��� Answer:� No.��
- Per the PG:� Cowher noted that former No. 1 pick Troy Edwards was not especially involved in the Bengals game.� �I didn�t get the ball in Troy�s hands but he is very good with the screen,� said Cowher.� First off, not throwing even one pass to the guy is beyond �not especially involved�.� It�s more like �not involved at all�.�� 2nd, I think we�ve run enough screens to outfit every door and window in Allegheny County.�� Maybe Cowher gets a percentage of every screen that he produces.�
- Finally, one last reminder -� my esteemed colleague, Trenches, & I will be at the Stillers-Chefs game on Oct. 14th. We�ll be with a large gathering of Stiller fans in parking area G30 outside of Arrowhead, from 9 AM to 11:45 AM that morning. We here at Stillers.com are buying the keg of beer for this �don�t-miss� tailgate party. Hope to see many of you there!!