August 23, 2008

Calling All OFTOTr's...


It's 7:45 PM. A mere 15 minutes from game time.

And if we all close our eyes and believe in Big Ben, maybe, just maybe, Tobiathan will appear and give us some play-by-play in the comments.

So shut those peepers and start believing!

Quick, to the bar!

43 comments:

terbyeithane said...

SuperSteel?

BatBen?

SteelerMan?

Nice graffix!

tobiathan said...

Ben's supposed to play the thru first half according to Pompeani and Edmunds. My guess is a shorter showing if the 1st team looks good.

Leftwich expected to get second half time.

Gumbel and Dierdork..er "..dorf" calling game.

tbn said...

Gumbel thinks Santonio at KR/PR bad idea. Pompeani likes it- so do i.

Good-sized crowd in Minnesota.

Ben's only 26 years old...Tavaris Jackson out for Min, Ferrote starting...

Mendenhall on KR...returns from 1 to 20...Ben #2 rush QB last year....short pass to heath into L flats, 5 yds....Willie caught in backfield on flubbed run R...busted play, Ben almost throws pick, had lane but hesitated to run.

Good tackle for #57 Fox on Punt coverage...motion on Min, loss of 5yds....Sack by Aaron, Viks lose 5 more...2d & 18, big stop by Brett on AP run to L, no gain...false start Min, lose 5yds...Troy not in game....motion #81, lose 5 more...3d and 23 Min- good middle coverage by D on pass, 4th, Holmes to return, no gain.

tbn said...

Ben flanks out W R, keeper straight to Parker, short gain on inside cutback for Willie...Ben holds ball, dumps to WP near 1st down, nearly sackd...1st dn to WP, run L for short gain...Hand off to WP on L run, short gain, O-line in good sync but lil push...Ben over middle to "Hines, short of 1st, quick run QB sneak, short of 1st dn...flag-illegal subs on Pit(declined)...

tbn said...

Gang tackle on AP on run L, short gain...swing pass left to AP, Timmons makes stop after 4yd gain, good tackle...heavy pressure on short drop pass play, incomplete...punt: PR Moore, fair catch at 19

Ben in motion, hi snap to WP, shrt gain on run L...Ben pases ovr mid to Heath for 1st at 30...Ben shows good vision, ID's pass-rush, throws it away, 2d dn...hand off to Willie, runs L, shrt gain...qk pass on slant to Reid but shrt of 1st dn mrkr...Ernster w good punt to Min 16yd line...

Cotter said...

Yo Tobiathan!

Game blacked out in NY again. Conspiracy!

Me and Tecmo are following your game cast man, keep up the good work!

tbn said...

O-line looks in-sync(NO Domski!) bTackle by Aaron in backfield, D line getting penetration, cntrlg line of scrimmage...Min RB stuffed by Keisel at line again, 3/11....Deshea bats down pass,Frerotte nearly sacked by Timmons...short punt, Holmes fields at 30ish...

D-line dominant, not allowing any run. Good coverage by DBs, although Min w/o starting QB or any real WR threat. Steelers controlling game defensively but showing little spark on offense. O-line in sync(NO, Domski!)

Mendy gets h/o, runs mid, short gain...2d & 7, h/o to Mendy, runs outside L, loses ball on strip, Min recovers...

Pass outside R complete, 6yds...Frerote dbl-pumps, completes pass for 1st down across middle, no pass-rush by d-line....Foote on ground, foot hurt, being chkd by staff...Woodley rolls up back of Larry's foot..walks off field...Timmons in to replace...good spiral by Frerotte across midlle to inside 10, poor coverage by DBs, no one looking at ball...

1st defense loosening up, giving up passes, exprncd QB Frerotte burning them with easy passes, not much pressure from d-line now...43 yd drive to Pit 3...

AP stopped in backfield by Carter, good tackle....ball on 5 yd line...Frerotte dumps shrt middle, Carter w/big tackle to save TD, 3d and goal...Peterson scores....Steeler d-line gets overpowered afain, no control of scrimmage...flag down, against Ike, personal foul(??), enforced on KO...bullshit...

tbn said...

Doms- that sux! Good to know somebody's following tho. I'm trying to give as much accurate detail as i can. Hope it helps...

tbn said...

1st defense starts out strong but starts to fade early in 2d qtr. Min o-line geting it together and holding off defensive line effectively. Pit DBs with decent coverage, but still allowing occsnal big play.

Mendy rcv's KO...Willie pushes out to 25 on run R, gets some blocking but still lacks real optnty to break big run....Ben with all day, great cvrge by O-line, passes to Heath for 1st down...Ben holds ball too long, gets sacked by 2 Viks, should have thrown away or rolled out on deep drop...pocket collapses again, en sacked before Ben sets up, no protection at all...3d and 20...Ben frm shotgun, draw to Moore, gains five on 3d-n-20...one good pass, rest of series fuct...

Steelers back-ups getting fiesty, starting shit, #37 still on ground at break, no word on if injured yet...Offense disintegrating, no apparent cohesion, Viks D getting quick cntrl of line of scrimmage, Ben getting mauled and holding ball over 5 seconds on broken pass plays..

Steelers not showing hi caliber of play today...

tbn said...

INT by "Face Me"! on R side pass by Frerotte, no one near him!

tbn said...

Hand off to Willie, bounces off a tackler and breaks for near first down...offense showing fire again, 2d and 1...Willie breaks for 1st down, flag-illegal formation(6 men on line)...2d and 6...another "up the gut" by Willie, small gain...very vanilla offense now...Ben swings pass out to L, Moore makes catch for 1st...Ben throws it in the dirt, broken screen L, Allen read play smashed it up...2d n 10...hand off to Willie, tackle at line..personal foul-facemask on defense, 15yds...1st n 10 at 12 yd lne...TimeOut Pit

tbn said...

Steeler offense putting together a drive, inside MIN 15, 1st n 10....Viking cheerleaders look easy, my kinda girls...Ben quick slant L incomplete to Holmes...possible interference but no-call...5 step drop by Ben, dump to Willie, stuffed behind LOS(line of scrimmge) by P. Williams...3d n 14...incomplete pass, behind Nate, nowhere near him...Ben hand all day to throw, miscommunication b/w QB and WR...Skippy scores....

Cotter said...

Damn man, we need touchdowns. Not Field Goals!

And why not run the ball on 2nd down?

PS - tbn, wish I could see those cheerchickadees. Thank you, NFL...

tbn said...

Steeler O pretty stndrd stuff- run R, run L, pas R, pass L, sack, sack, incomplete...nothing fancy after first cple series...Ben making bad throws last few attmpts...O-line getting back in time, but still letting big interior D-line break thru...

STs allow KR to Min 28...Good movmnt on defense on 1st down, tackle for no gain on run L...pass R to wide-open WR, 1st down...no pressure on Frerotte on pass downs...Steelers showing no trickery in defensive scheme...overthrows RB in middle, defense creating confusion in Viks offfnse now...#94 misses sack, Frerotte makes 1st down throw over middle...Keisel with QB takedown after busted pass play(sack mybe?)...Silverback surprisingly quite, being handled by Viks T....3d n 7...Silverback SACK!...4th down...Moore returns to 22 yd line...

tbn said...

Ben with nice touch over middle to Heath agn..no huddle, complete to Moore, 3 yds...no hddle...thrown under and behind Hines, Ben looking too excited/off-timing, getting little pressure but not making throws...3d n 8...incomplete to Heath over middle...2 Viks hit each other, go down hurt...goddamned zebra gets mixed up in backfield, nearly strips ball outta Bens hands, causes broken play. Fucker....

tbn said...

Vikings cheerleaders sending invisible psychic signals to me, want me body, beg me to come to Min...

Scrum on KO, both teams fiesty...on earlier play Ben jukes would-be sackers, causes Jared Allen and K. Williams to run into each other after avoiding sandwich-sack...lol...AP with short run...Frerotte short pass... Ap around corner L for 5 yds, flag...against Min, unnecessary roughness, 15yds...still 1st defensive squad...APeterson on short run down middle, clock under 1 minute, running...AP to right side, stopped after short gain...3d n 15, 27 secnds....Frerotte complete deep over middle, mild pressure but still finished...TimeOut Min...SACK by Lamarr!!!!



*Woodley worked with Kevin Greene during off-season, feels he's learned a lot. Looks like it too...

Half.

Cotter said...

The ref was in the backfield?

What the hell?

Cotter said...

TBN, I just want you to know, I'm wearing the Kevin Greene jersey!

Woodley is a beast!

tbn said...

Not sure the mindset on offensive calls...some trick plays, but little clear goals or pattern behind o-scheme...maybe keeping it vanilla and focusing on fundamentals, which look sound..defense no troubles on tackling this week, Adrian Peterson completely in check...very few missed assignments, but have allowed catches on longish pass plays when the defense *should* have stopped them....overall improvement but far from dominant...

tbn said...

lol..yeah- the zebra somehow got all up in Ben's way and pretty much screwed the pooch on the pass, nearly stripping Ben of the ball...

Nice touch on the KG jersey...ol' skool!

tecmo said...

My observations:

Heath needs a minimum of 6-8 passes a game.

The LBs are the only ones playing at a respectable level.

Our DBs are making Frerotte look good.

Ben...what the hell? Byron should be starting (sarcasm).

tecmo said...

Vanilla offense/defense is fine in preseason, but someone needs to make a play. We can't expect everything to just click once the regular season starts after everyone's been half-assing it all preseason

tbn said...

76 yards TOTAL offense for Steelers in 1st half...

Teams can now win coin toss and defer their choice to 2d half?!

KO returned to 20...1st defense still out in 2d half..Gus hits first pass outside to L, on top of Ike....AP stuffed on off-tackle R, flag-holding on BiG Snack(?!?)...fuckers...Peterson stuffed again, no real success on runs tonight so far...2d n 7...Gus across his body for 1st down, again...AP stopped short again...Frerotte on fire in pass game, Steel DBs not stopping him...finally an incompletion by Gus..

*will keep up play-by-play until 1st teams O and D go out...

Gus complete for 1st AGAIN....burns Clark...Gus pump-fakes, incomplete, but flag on #26- pass interference....A Peterson still contained on the ground....Peterson stuffed at line by Big Snack...Woodley held on rush, but no-call...Frerotte gets off good pass but WR drops it under pressure from McFad...FG....

Cotter said...

Field goal?!?!

Damn, we can't stop the Vikings with GUS FREROTTE AT QB???!!!

t said...

Tec-

does seem like defense is just going thru the motions. Almost like they're not interested in playing except for Woodley, Timons, Silverback and Farrior(LBs). DBs only made one play, and that one fell in Ike's lap....

Cotter said...

FINALLY GOT THE BROADCAST, YES!!!!!

t said...

Gus Frerotte looks like frikking Joe Montana tonight, barely missed anything. Our DBs are either getting burned by their WRs or are regularly out of place. It looks more like Gus is using his long experience to find the open man and our guys are just getting schoooled, but don't think it's a big deal cuz it's pre-season...they don't seem to be trying any harder despite his success...

Leftwich now at QB...(24-22 career record)

Mendy breaks a big run, coulda had a score but losat his footing...


* i'll keep up with highlights but gonna relax a lil now that starters are out...

Mendy w/ another good run, 6yds or so...

t said...

Leftwich threw deep to far side corner of the front of endzone, almost completed to Willie Reid, good defense breaks it up...

Mendenhall running hard but still not making obvious cutbacks, tries too often to bull thru...

Mahan in with 2d team....

Willie Reid looks good...stronger/thicker..

Mends with nice catch on swing pass left, Lefty sucked defense in with pump...

t said...

Lefty w/ nice pass to R flats
(Reid) for 1st

Mendenhall shows very good effort, but still seems to expecdt to overpower or outrun defenders(ha!). Overall a good showing by him. Needs to lower shoulder and cut back more.

t said...

Mendenhall really starting to pick it up against the backups. Shows good speed, footwork, avoids tackles and has excellent burst in open field. Like to see him get this to work against first-team level players.

tbn said...

Lefty with nice throw to Moore...gets royghing the passer call on the play too....

Leftwich looks healthy, lean. Not quick, of course, but has more escapability than in memory. Arm looks strong and shows decent decision-making skills.

Sweed trips on blade of grass on breakout deep pass

Mendy getting pounded by Viks defense but keeps on fighting. Good intro to league IMHO...Min has very, very big, strong defensive line.

Lefty makes nice short throw to R side on rollout for near-1st...chains come out..1st dn...Byron uses really awward-looking overhand throwing motion...

Mendy breaks multiple tackles, keeps feet despite contact, inside 15yd line...

Mendenhall's biceps as big around as his head.

Big loss on run play, loss of nearly ten

3d n 13....bungled...illegal shift...Skippy to the rescue again...hits it

tbn said...

Min-10, Pit-9

Steelers offense came in a plain brown wrapper tonight....aside from a few instances of Ben going in motion and direct-snaps to Willie very little other than run right, run left, passs, pass, passs. Repeat.

Offense never really found a rhythm. A couple decent runs, but Willie was used sparingly while Mendenhall saw a lot of work against a very, very strong defensive line in Min. Mendy kept fighting, looking stronger late in the game.

Ben was so-so, should have thrown ball away somewhat more than he did, but suffered no catastrophic mistakes. Compoleted a few decent passes to his beloved TE, Heath. Strangely, no sight of Spaeth at all tonight. Or Tuman for that matter.

O-line looked well-timed but not strong, failing to dominate Min's defensive front much at all. No big runs to speak of. Middle of line held solidly for the most part, but Hartwig got smoked by the monster Williams twins late in the first half. Beyond that there were few mistakes like illegal motion, but we did make some mistakes w/illegal formations and one slow substution which cost yards. I saw almost no pulling, if any at all, by the guards. Pass-blocking was weak on most plays, although early on they held out. Ben's balls were all over the field(yeah, i know...easy Cotter) and he seemed not to have much control tonight.

The defense stunted occasionally, standing all but Big Snack up on a few plays. That created some confusion for Min's o-line but Frerotte handled most of it well, throwing accurate passes over, in front of, and around our DBs most of the first half. Despite Ike's INT our defensive backfield loked weak and unable to counter a wily veteran backup in Frerotte. Pump-fakes were especially hard for our safeties and corners to respond to, them biting on most of them. The defensive line managed to get enough pressure to secure a couple sacks and allow the LBs to get pressure on a couple plays. But, they failed to consistently interfere with Gus's passing.

Mendenhall loses bal AGAIN on longish run in late 4th qtr, Min's recovers after a strip. Both his fumbles were result of intentional stripping by defenders- makes a target of himself in the future.

STs garnered virtually no attention, which means they actually did their jobs and didn't hand the other side a TD tonight. So that's nice.

Overall tonight's performance a solid C grade.

tbn said...

Sweed finally pulls one in, only to have it challenged...awaiting decision....catch! Limas might be the hero in an unimportant game.

Lefty nice slant to Sweed, hurryup...spiked at 37 to play on Min's 35ish...screwed up the play clock, lose five yards on delay of game, Leftwich's bad...another excellent quick throw by By-ron....Skippy iced at the 9 second mark...


SKIPPYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!

tobiathan and out. said...

Field goal by Reed after nicely-executed drive by Leftwich, Reid, Sweed, Mendenhall and...

...The Skipper...Skippy Reed!

Yippee....what a dramatic come-back win..Pittsburgh really has a...wha?...huh?....Oh, yeah.....

...nevermind.

It's still only preseason.

G'night kids!

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