It’s “You mad, bro?” It’s playoff time for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Emotions are raw. Emails are snippy. Tweets are more controversial.
And errors in judgment are more costly. Just ask Brandon Staley.
buckle up. This week is going to be full of ups and downs.
In my column on Wednesday, I wrote a light-hearted line about Mike Tomlin’s claim that he slept by the end of the Steelers playoff-deciding Chargers-Raiders game on Sunday night.
,You fell asleep during that game, Mike? I couldn’t find myself sleeping until 4 in the morning!,
Richard did not appreciate the attempt at humor.
,Now, here’s the in-depth analysis we’ve come to expect. are you serious?,
um no. Actually, I wasn’t being serious. Surely. It was kind of a joke, honestly. It was a one-liner about Coach’s one-liner.
It was one of the references in a 1,000-word column discussing Tomlin’s comments about his level of comfort in the Steelers’ ability to fight from behind in adverse conditions. The piece included a number of statistics, trends, and opinions on whether Tomlin was right to feel this way.
In other words, what I’m really trying to say is: Lighten up, Francis.
This person was also a big fan of that column.
Is your name Skip Baylis?
— sanzwvu (@sanzwvu) 12 January 2022
Nah. If my name was Skip Bayless, this column would be about the Dallas Cowboys.
This lady loved it too.
Absolutely. I was thinking the same thing. And a writer, when did a team need to feel comfortable with the coach or coach’s point of view. He shouldn’t come out and show whether he is uncomfortable or not, his responsibility is to show strength not weakness while uplifting his team
— rochelle m (@rochelle74426255) 12 January 2022
And my job is to give opinion on what the coach says and/or does.
Hmm. It’s funny how you think I shouldn’t have an opinion on how Tomlin does his job… even though I get paid to do it.
Still you can give me an opinion on how I should do my job… for free.
Weird how it works.
This guy on Twitter didn’t like how Mark Madden and I analyzed the end of the Chargers-Raiders game and — in detail — how avoiding a tie helped the Steelers reach the playoffs.
I love how angry these two are that the Steelers made the playoffs.
I also love that he thinks the raiders should have played for a tie so that they could go against the Chiefs instead of Bengal. Very nice analysis, just raucous.
— John McCarthy (@John McCarthy) 12 January 2022
You may agree or disagree with Mark’s opinion that the Raiders’ field goal in the end was an unnecessary risk in terms of weight where their seed would be (ie, playing in Kansas City or Cincinnati) blocked with a slim chance of a win versus a kick. Being done and is back for the touchdown.
Sure. debate that. And we can debate the reasons behind coach Brandon Staley calling a timeout for the Chargers.
But then let me explain something. Why didn’t the Raiders throw the ball once on their last three downs to get into better field goal range if they were playing “to win” the whole time, especially two snaps before timeout?
The reason is that they weren’t playing to win. They were going to win if it fell at their feet on a big run. what they got. But possibly not at risk of blowing the tie.
He did exactly the same by running on all three downs. And This Is What Quarterback Derek Carr And Vegas Coach Rich Bisaccia Are Both said after the game, Staley’s timeout changed his view of what he was going to do.
Tim, if Mike Tomlin worked overtime to deliberately tie the knot to play the Chiefs instead of the Bengals, how would you and Mark Madden talk about it on your beloved little show?
— John McCarthy (@John McCarthy) 12 January 2022
I’d say it wouldn’t matter as their Steelers went 0-3 versus those two teams with a combined score of 101-30 this year.
That’s what I would say during our lovely little show.
Meanwhile, Robert doesn’t like the relationship at all.
,My solution is to eliminate them. If you haven’t won the game after 60 minutes, you’ve lost. If the game ends in a draw, both the teams have to face defeat.,
Well, this is just ridiculous. Finishing with the same score as your opponent, as the Steelers did in tying the Lions at 16-16, shouldn’t count as losing 41-10 like they did to the Bengals.
Also, for a team that didn’t want to win – such as Detroit in this example – why should they be penalized for playing above their normal performance? You are just looking at it from the Steelers perspective as they have tied up a crummy side this year and would have benefited from the tie if both the Raiders and Chargers were given extra damage.
But, please, go ahead.
,Of course in the playoffs you play until someone scores. I’ll make it a sudden death, first to win. Let’s see the teams are bold and aggressive during the game. Go for the win in regulation. No solution will be perfect.,
Well there I agree with you. An occasional tie in the NFL has never bothered me in the past. But the prospect of playing one off as a way to manipulate playoff seeding or qualification changed my mind.
I think the NFL should move to a modified (more difficult for offenses and kickers) version of the college overtime format.
Here’s another on close tie from a Raiders fan named Shaun.
,Great info about the raiders helping Pittfulberg. As a Raiders fan, my argument goes in a different direction. Although the Chargers are division rivals; You have to help represent your division, and somewhere down there the Raiders will need help from the Chargers, and now they can look back and say screw you. That’s my take.,
These are not college conventions, Sean. When it comes to getting multiple teams to the playoffs there is no advantage aside from marginal bragging rights, so the division can “represent”.
Sure, the Chargers would be ticked that the Raiders didn’t accept the tie. But if the Raiders were angled for a tie, the Steelers would have lasted longer.
As a result of the scheduling formula, they play each other the following year. Maybe the Raiders can ask Mason Rudolph to take a knee if his game is close as thanks.
PFFT! who am I kidding? I forgot. Carr is going to be the Steelers quarterback at “Pitfulberg” here next year. silly me.
In the end, it’s a coup. This is an email from someone named Brad. It was dispatched before the games to be played on Sunday.
If any of you want to reply to Brad, I believe his return email address is [email protected]
“If we don’t make it to the playoffs, it’s a good thing,” he said. I, unlike some Steelers fans, look at the whole picture. He will have to miss them to stay in the 17th drafting slot. Another big victory over a hated opponent puts him in danger. This is football chess, young man. In other words, strategy.
You learned that, didn’t you? Just because your family is a Steelers fans doesn’t qualify you as one. Loyalties to the shield.
Me, we, as Steelers fans bleeding black and gold, and not the smaller version of black and yellow, is that shallow.
In the words of Samuel L. Jackson in “Pulp Fiction”: “Check out the big brains on Brad!”
Also from Samuel L. Jackson in “Pulp Fiction”: “Okay, allow me to answer!”
Brad, you’re preaching “loyalty to the shield,” and you were rooting for the Steelers to lose to the Ravens in the finale of Ben Roethlisberger? Simply because they can improvise in some weird slots in the draft order?
You’re kidding me, aren’t you?
Remember Jarvis Jones? He got the 17th draft in the first round. Boy! He was definitely great. And Devin Bush was in 10th place. Meanwhile, TJ Watt was the 30th selection and Cameron Hayward was the 31st selection.
So, I must believe that, on Sunday, you were crazy that the Jaguars blew up the Colts? You were up against Chris Boswell to score a game-winning field goal in Baltimore? And you were in favor of a tie between Raiders and Chargers?
For a man who has such a deep “loyalty to the shield”, I find it hard to believe.
You can be “bleed black and gold”. But if you think I’m buying that hogwash about root to lose the Steelers, I don’t think there’s enough blood reaching your brain.
Don’t condescend and lecture me about my understanding of strategy or depth just because you’re older and you’ve seen more games than me. It doesn’t mean you are intelligent. It simply means that you have misunderstood what you have been seeing for a long time.
“Football Chess”? Ha! You’ve been playing checkers all this time and you didn’t even realize it.