Steelers-Broncos preseason post mortem...
August 30, 2010 - Ray Eckenrode
BLEEDING BLACK AND GOLD
> You can bet Mike Tomlin is not in the best of moods this morning after what was certainly one of the most undisciplined performances by a Steelers team ever.
> But, it’s the preseason and no one was seriously injured, so … win.
> For all the rhetoric about Lawrence Timmons tearing things up at Latrobe, so far this preseason he’s still looked like the same guy who flies PAST the football instead of to it.
> James Farrior, whose helmet came off at least 10 times last season during games, finally paid a price for his helmet coming off during a game.
> Fox says we’re seeing 25 percent more of the field but it looks like the same viewpoint to us.
> Aikman says he’s “gotta believe” the QB performances Sunday will determine who will start in Week 1 for the Steelers. We gotta believe Leftwich was starting in Week 1, even before Dixon’s disastrous showing, and now we’re even less likely to see much of the “Dixon package” as part of the Steelers offense in the regular season opener.
> On top of the muddled quarterback picture, the Steelers defense was pushed around pretty much at will by the Broncos Sunday. Again, it’s a preseason game, but…
> Hello, Mr. Dwyer! Where ya’ been? (Of course, those 89 yards came against guys who are unlikely to be on the Broncos roster next week.)
> You’ll remember that many people, including yours truly, were screaming loud and long for the Steelers to take Minnesota WR Eric Decker in the third round of April’s draft. Instead, the Steelers selected Emmanuel Sanders and Decker went to Denver five picks later. Both receivers have had decent preseasons but the advantage Sunday night clearly went to Decker, who caught a short TD toss while Sanders struggled mightily in his first game at flanker after playing split end through most of camp.
> Some other draft day decisions to track this season: Maurkice Pouncey over Kyle Wilson in Round 1, Jason Worilds over Sean Lee in Round 2, Thaddeus Gibson over Eric Norwood in Round 4 and Antonio Brown over Dorin Dickerson in Round 6.
> It’s really starting to look like a 2-2 start while #7 serves his suspension is a best case scenario.