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Steelers at Patriots AFC Championship Game Inactives

Steelers inactives: QB Zach Mettenberger, CB Al-Hajj Shabazz, LB L.J. Fort, DE Johnny Maxey, OT Brian Mihalik, TE Ladarius Green, WR Demarcus Ayers

Patriots inactives: QB Jacoby Brissett, WR Michael Floyd, CB Justin Coleman, CB Cyrus Jones, RB D.J. Foster, SS Jordan Richards, T LaAdrian Waddle

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. Jay

    January 22, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Hey Steelers nation u tired of being outcoached yet! But this will be considered a successful season because we got here! What a joke this team is to let a bunch of white guys run wild through the secondary like our guys never saw any of this! Turning point for me was when I was screaming at the tv to run a qb sneak after Jesse James was ruled down and I was saying to my buddy just let Ben sneak it otherwise you give them a chance to penetrate! What the fuck happened? Ben hasn’t snuck it in years?! Are we afraid he gets hurt! ?!?! Bell going out didn’t help OBVIOUSLY and the refs inexplicably not awarding us the fbrady fumble….I’m so sick of this team losing to the pats and I refuse to accept consolation prizes like we played hard or at least we’re here! BULLSHIT! A better coach woulda had us better prepared! This secondary is puke and looks as if they have no idea what’s going in! JYST SAW AB IN DIDELUNE KSUGHUNG IT UP with Cindy Hamilton towards end of third quarter! Whatever! TomlIn just stayed his execution by getting here….he’s still a garbage coach!

    • David Washabaugh

      January 23, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Bro have some respect, Tomlin is one of the all time best coaches in the league. Here’s what went down…..First our defensive didn’t have the intensity they have had the last nine games clearly. We were rushing Brady 90% of the game with only 3/4 lineman. They were overpowered due to lack of intensity. Come on we played better offensive lines or just as good and an through them sacking the QB. or putting massive pressure on him. We didn’t blitz like we have in the last nine games whos fault is that…..the freaking defensive coordinator. We needed to put fear onto Brady….now it could of been Brady / and his coach did a smart move at the right time, they played hurry up offense. This through off our defensive coordinator and our team wasnt prepared a fault of the defensive coordinator. Brady amasing quick release better than Marino’s the fastest release until now Brady workout a doubt is superior. Where we freaked up was playing zone coverage where we absolutely had to play Brady man to man coverage. Brady hurry up offense quick release and have wide open receivers killed us. We switched to late and could not recover. We missed tackles big time. NEs. running back carried our team on his back for over 10 yards. That was nuts! Not normal for the strength the Steelers have on the run. Then on Offense our QB Big Ben played great our front line was awesome. But we missed two TDs because of dropped balls our receivers need to catch these. We lost our power with losing BELL…that hurtnus the most. He would of beat up there defense allowing us to give our defensive a rest. I fault BIG BEN for not throwing at least 10 yards to gain yardage and the 1st down. We had no trick plays….So our offensive coordinator needs to hold accountability for that. We had receivers open maybe BIG BEN needs specks? A few attempted passes were in double coverage he has thrown nine interceptions in nine games. Still he is my favorite QB in the league. The best long thrower in the league and one of the all time best.
      Perhaps back to defense blitzing our d backs #28 and #25 both rookies but both had great success in the last nine games. Not once did they blitz. We had little blitzing from our linebackers again lack of intensity and execution. Who fault well the defensive coordinator. A time out and a reset on the game plan. Tomlin has to let his coaches do there thing so maybe the week of disruptions from freaking Antonio Brown stupid move filming post game locker room antics. Then the flu missing Green a power receiver and more players, Knowing Bell couldn’t play is questionable but devastating psych if so. The lack of focus studying and planning could of been a factor. Tomlin did what he had to do and fine Brown 10grand. Perhaps all this weighing on the team had the effect and reduced desire leading to lack of intensity. Tomlin handled this episode with praise from even other country’s leaders. So you say he a cheerleader yeah the best. Gentleman his much more than that. Do you think winning nine straight games was happenstance, luck? No it was excellent coaching to build the will desire and faith within his awesome group of players The Pittsburgh Steelers. The offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator get a pass. NE is an outstanding force their record proves it. Lastly look at the stats so close on every level. They NE had a better day. Till next year I see them NE being slaughtered every time the Steelers play them, winning every game. Peace!!

  2. Jay

    January 22, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Only still watching hoping to see gruesome patriots injury!

    • David Washabaugh

      January 23, 2017 at 7:41 pm


  3. Robert H Shaffer

    January 22, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Hey Rooney’s, you did not hire the best man for the head coaching job! Bradshaw was right, Tomlin is a turd cheerleader! Minority hiring doe not always work! Hire the best person for the job! This team sucks!

    • David Washabaugh

      January 23, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      Bro you don’t know football or what the freak your talking about. Bradshaw as a coach hes a clown but was a great QB. Tomlin is brilliant and highly respected by his team the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dude wake up or watch girls volleyball.

  4. David Washabaugh

    January 23, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Please, Bradshaw….he is not a coach. Its a total insult and lack of respect. The record Tomlin has and how the Steeler player love, respect and how hard they play for Tomlin. Dude I hope your from NE. No Pittsburgh Steelers fan would agree with you. Grow up learn to read and understand stats. Tomlin is one of the all time coaches. 10 years one superbowl and divisional championships. Please dude !!!!

  5. Jay

    January 23, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    How that Tomlin kool aid taste, Dave! Pretty “shitty!” I don’t drink it. Anyone who does simply doesn’t see the culture he has embedded. It’s a laissez faire culture of unaccountability and do what you want. Yea, he galvanizes good enough but guess what…THAT NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Sorry to burst your bromance bubble BRO but he ain’t got a lick of a clue about X’s and O’s football. He always think that because we the big bad stelersmand we gonna just show up and win…the proof is his record against sub 500’teams and how he is more often than not outcoached by them. He is not a great coach! Please! No one here is exonerating the other coaches or the unfortunate happenstances of the game like some of the bad calls and losing bell. But that ain’t why we lost. We lost because ONCE AGAIN,’he was outcoached in an embarrassing fashion by belichick and thismvaunted defensive mastermind
    Has allowed Brady to throw 21’tds and 0
    Interceptions against him. Brady don’t do that against anyone else! Wak up dude, this guy is waaaay overrated.

  6. Jay

    January 23, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    By the way, read Paul zeise. I ain’t the only one who feels this way! Listen to Mark Madden…people who tell it like it is, not cow-toe to a corporate line with me a guided numbers!

  7. David Washabaugh

    January 23, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    hey bro do you know how to count? Your obvious to the leagues coaches and the numbers. Tomilin has had a great run in the 10 years. Perhaps your a young buck and were not around to see the loses and awful seasons Chuck Noll had now was he a turd or what? He came around drafted great players and did his thing. Steelers in the Seventies were awesome was this because they the team came to play or great leadership? Tomilin isn’t finished nor do you or anyone else know how he leads, motivates and plans for the next game. Dude he has to work with the talent he has. God knows we seen some poor passes, dropped balls and missed tackles. However 9 straight wins took alot of fine effective leadership. Peace!!!

  8. David Washabaugh

    January 23, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Jay, Belochek is one of a kind. Brady has completed and destroyed other teams through out his career. Man I saw exactly what happened to the preparation and lack of making proper adjustments in the Divisional Championship. Tomilin needs a new defensive coordinator and get back to blitz burg defense. Also Big Ben needs to work hard on off season and get his aim timing and will back. Lastly fans got to pray we don’t lose Bell and Timmons to free agency. Rooneys have the lowest payout and cap in the league. Steeler head coaches had to rebuild for years. Dude that means 3 total coaches. Noll, Cowher and Tomilin. All have taken low paid players to win Superbowls. Who in the league has this kind of success?

  9. Jay

    January 23, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Whatever your grammar and punctuation is unreadable.

  10. Jay

    January 23, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    “The first drive hit us by surprise,” Dupree said. “They came out firing and they caught us off guard. We were checking and they were checking at the same time. Hats off to that team. They had a great preparation.”….that was bud Dupree! Yeah great coaching!

  11. David Washabaugh

    January 23, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Dude re-read yours…..Lol A 5 year old could do better. Why don’t you follow water polo for seniors. You don’t understand football.

  12. Jay

    January 23, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Your lack of football knowledge is embedded within your misplaced periods and lack of anything coherent. Take a breath, dude! Are you n-n-nervous or something. I have a graduate degree and played football, you sound like you read Garfield….or….something troglodytic! Good, day, junior! Don’t forget to do your homework and recite your ABC’s to your paren…er, juve counselor/house monitor. Try not to rob “nobody” on your way to da corner sto’!

  13. David Washabaugh

    January 23, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Are you serious a graduate degree in what how to be stupid. Jay its ashame but two fans have to disrespect the others opinion. I have been working out while writing and the phone jumps around so pardon my writing plus I am emotional about a team the Steelers. You could call me fanatical. Jay I apologize for my offensive attack. It all in how one debates. Anyway please accept my apologie.

  14. Jay

    January 23, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    You’re an asshole and so are all Steelers fans who continue to root for them! I’m out! Fuck the Steelers! They let me down for the last time!

  15. David Washabaugh

    January 24, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Jay jay you are the most ignorant punk I ever came across. You have no idea what my background is nor what I do, yet you ignore my apologie and call me an “ass hole”. Jay the only a- -hole writing here is you. Being let down in sports is part of the game historically. Blowing off the Steelers is assinine. You have never been a fan. Your a fare weathered person must have add. Your inconsiderate, stupid probably very ugly and totally backwards. Jay girls you date must have a real good time with an idiot who is ego centered and cares only about himself. Jay do you have your drivers license? Oh yeah forgive me your a driver for Uber. Jay lay off the football scene. Try a new sport but then again you’ll blow that sport team off too. Not too loyal are you? Your a real schmuck!!!! Steelers are a great team with a awesome coach. So go play legos with yourself cause you couldn’t have any friends.

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