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Steelers Fail To Inspire; Fall To 0-2 In Lackluster 24-13 Loss To Redskins

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The Steelers are now 0-2 in the preseason following a rather lackluster 24-13 loss in the Nations Capital Monday night to the Redskins.

There was, again, more bad than good, and while it’s just the preseason, there has to be some concern about how poorly the Steelers have performed in the first 120 minutes in practice games.

Here’s some observations from the loss tonight:

1. The O-Line Looks Awful – There was little to brag about when it came to the offensive line, as the line had a bunch of penalties, and Markuice Pouncey got abused all night, with Barry Cofield looking like Deacon Jones vs the Steelers. This spot had better get good quick, or Mike Tomlin will need to make changes.

2. Again Not Playing Smart – Too many penalties (thanks OL) and eight penalties for 95 yards and three turnovers are not going to get it done in the regular season. But hey, at least they didn’t have a blocked punt tonight.

3. Bell Down Again – Last week rookie Le’Veon Bell didn’t play with a sore knee, and tonight vs the Redskins he got four carries to start the game – then left with a foot injury. Fans are chomping at the bit to see Bell in real action for a decent amount of time, but at this rate, he’ll get more time on the exercise bike and trainers tables than on the field.

4. Dwyer Saves The Day, Sort Of – Jonathan Dwyer should have clinched a job on the roster Monday, as he led all backs with 14 carries for 68 yards, nearly 5 yards a carry. There’s been a lot of chatter about Dwyer having issues making the roster, but despite the fumble after a run, he did enough to get a roster spot sealed.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Linda Grimaldi

    August 20, 2013 at 12:01 am

    O-Line was pathetic and looked like a bunch of amateurs.
    The Rookies were amazing. Love Shamarko, Wheaton and Laundry.
    We would have been better off playing the rookies for the whole game.

    • Bob

      August 20, 2013 at 7:58 am

      I agree the O line is a constant problem. The Steelers need to stop trying to make big, dumb, players into O linemen. Look at the line of the old days. They were big, but most of all intelligent players. It takes smart players to make a successful lineman!

  2. Matt Loede

    August 20, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Next week is the 3rd and usually most important preseason game, lets see if they get things going vs the Chiefs

  3. brad jones

    August 20, 2013 at 12:09 am

    it was obvious just how poorly they drafted during Tomlins era, that 4 of the best 10 looking players were rookies tonight. 6-10… Blow it up after this year.. Its not even funny how much better other team’s personel looks in comparison! Whimpler shouldn’t have a job tomorrow, It’s a nice core of young receivers and about 6 nice young defensive guys.. Emanuel will be a stud but we needed that 3rd rd pick instead. he’s gone after this year and we needed more bullets instead of a showcase to get him a good deal somewhere else. I honestly don’t know where 6 wins will come from.. The personnel looks so poor,, and i mean poor that this is on Tomlin and Colbert all the way .. All the way.

    • Bob

      August 20, 2013 at 8:02 am

      Very true! Our O line are big, dumb players! You need big, but intelligent players to make a good lineman. Look at the lineman of the past. Smart, big players. Look at the ones now, big, fat, slow, and dumb! Tomlin does not know how to get good, solid players!

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