What do you think of what Jerome Bettis said this week in SI?
“The bigger problem, though, is the offensive line. They have no continity…. They’re letting running backs get his before they reach the line of scrimage. There’s not a lot any back can do in that situation. This problem isn’t anything new, and I blame the coaching staff for not addressing the line in the offseason. How did they rationalize not doing anything about it? Well, they won a Super Bowl. They won’t be so lucky twice in a row. If Ben continues to get hit the way he did Thursday — the same way he did last year, then this will come back to haunt the Steelers. Ben will get hurt. Ben will miss games. And they don’t have a line to run behind without Ben. Pittsburgh can’t repeat with the line playing like this.” ~Jerome Bettis
I think he’s on the right track, but I don’t blame the men under the helmets. I blame the coordination. Our running game and our qb protection has been shaky since Arians arrived.
It was an easy mistake — especially if you’ve been a confused referee throughout the entire game.
The Official explanation from Green:
We should have let the play go through in the end, yes…. It was misinterpreted that instead of killing the play, we should have let the play go through.”
The confusion exists, even in their explanation. I think the first pass was probably from Rivers.
The first pass was the one that was illegal, but it only kills the play if it hits the ground…. That was incorrect to have killed it at that point. The ruling should have let the play go on. That’s just the way that it played out. We believe the second pass (by Tomlinson) was legal.
We didn’t kill it on the field…. After (the) discussion we decided … there was some confusion over which pass we were talking about and it was decided that it was the second pass that was illegal that did hit the ground and therefore we killed the play there.
Of course, the pass was not a forward pass, but clearly a backward pass. Duh.
“I know,” Green said. “The rule was misinterpreted.”
Troy gets the 6 points in my heart, anyway. Way to play the game, Troy!