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  • is this actually a good thing for your Steelers?

  • First of all, good morning.

  • Good morning.

  • I see that you transitioned from the fly our markets, whether.

  • Look, just this fly.

  • Way to go, Max Kellerman, you know, matrix today.

  • Alright, Alright.

  • We'll work with it.

  • Will work with it anyway.

  • Here's the deal.

  • I love the fact that the Steelers lost.

  • I doesn't bother me at all.

  • I knew that the impact that the perfection that we saw from them, record wise was not riel.

  • We've seen holes in their team on too many occasions where winds were too rough to come by and yesterday, losing to the Washington Redskins.

  • Oh, that sorry, the Washington football team, the one that has no name who used to be called the Redskins but is no longer that football team.

  • I love the fact that the Steelers lost this game because again, they've looked absolutely awful in their last two games.

  • Obviously, scheduling has a lot to do with that.

  • Big Ben Roethlisberger hasn't looked that impressive.

  • Their running game is virtually non existent without James Connor, and with them, I'd consider it average.

  • And so when I look at it from that the I like the fact that they lost this game because guess what, You're on notice.

  • You might be 11 01 But you could do all of this for North.

  • You could get to the postseason and they get bounced out in the very first round, not even make it to a divisional playoff game.

  • Why?

  • Because you look like hot trash.

  • This is the bottom line with the Pittsburgh Steelers right now on the defensive side of the ball.

  • We have to understand something.

  • Devin Busch goes down for the season early in the year, obviously, but the pre went down last week, this kids playing that replaced Devin Busch.

  • Now he might be out.

  • So they're compromising their line back in court.

  • And we understand that some of the better teams in the NFL are going to take advantage of that, which is what you end up facing come postseason time, which puts more pressure on your offense to show up and produce.

  • You got big Ben Roethlisberger can't be making mistakes.

  • You're sitting there.

  • You go on wide, five wide with juju, Smith, Schuster, Deontay Johnson, James Washington, Claypool in the crew.

  • Eric Ebron, You got to show up.

  • You got to produce because it's gonna come down to the Steelers offense and specifically their ability toe throw the foot Paul with a minimal amount of mistakes in order to give them the chance that their record says they deserve in order to get to the NFC championship game and ultimately, the Super Bowl.

  • I haven't seen that from them the last few weeks.

  • We certainly haven't seen it from them the last two games, and as a result, they got their comeuppance.

  • I think ultimately the loss will be good for them.

  • Not what you said Max last week in terms of their struggles, but it was a wake up call.

  • I said No, no, no, no, no.

  • They need to lose okay, because there ain't no.

  • 16 and quality of team.

  • They know 15 and one quality team as far as I'm concerned, and that reared its ugly head late yesterday afternoon.

  • I'm happy about the loss.

  • To be honest with you now we could get on with the season really preparing ourselves to the postseason.

  • No, it's an understandable loss, but that's not the same thing as saying it's a good loss you play three times in 13 days.

  • It's understandable that you lose.

  • You play right after you beat Baltimore, your chief rival.

  • You know, it's understandable that you lose.

  • You play on a short week after having no by for forever because your schedule got messed around twice because of the Titans and the Ravens.

  • Covert outbreaks.

  • It's understandable that you lose.

  • You play a Washington team that has a bad record and is frankly underrated.

  • With a backup quarterback who we thought his career was over, he might lose his leg.

  • It's understandable that you lose, but it's a bad loss.

  • It's not a good loss.

  • The reason it's a bad loss is because it was obviously a trap game.

  • For all the reasons I just said and a special team needs to know how to overcome that, especially after the Ravens, they were lucky.

  • I thought that was such a great win for them against Baltimore because they beat the backups right like they beat a depleted Baltimore team.

  • But it was really tough and Coach Tomlin basically chewed them out to the media after the game.

  • So I thought Okay, they can't rest on their laurels.

  • They understand they played poorly, and they have a lot to correct.

  • Facing a Washington team that's been playing better like the Giants as the season goes on, right, like Ron Rivera.

  • And you've been talking about Joe Judge in the NFC East.

  • The two teams that were considered to be the bottom feeders of the bottom feeding division, in fact, had a culture change on the top, and it's doing them well.

  • So you knew this could be a trap game and you had to avoid it.

  • And Stephen A.

  • They were avoiding it.

  • They had the game in hand.

  • Pittsburgh was going to win this game, and they allowed playmakers Alex Smith, who was once the first pick in the draft, on the other side of the ball to outplay them.

  • Roethlisberger did not look good, and he hasn't really looked good recently.

  • He's regressed as the season went on.

  • Understandable again.

  • Coming off a catastrophic injury 38 years old, by and large, has had a very good season considering but hasn't looked great recently.

  • The run game.

  • Here's the worst part about the law.

  • Stephen A.

  • They ran the ball.

  • What was it?

  • 14 for 21 21 21 years.

  • That that's you're on the ball 14 times.

  • You get 21 yards on the ground.

  • That's bad run blocking.

  • That's losing the battle up front that Pittsburgh can't be that kind of team.

  • Pittsburgh has to be the kind of team that's going to beat you in two of the three phases of the game.

  • They have to be better than they were.

  • Yes, I understand why they lost, but because we knew all that going in and so did they, and they had the game in hand.

  • That's a bad loss.

  • Max Kellerman.

  • Right now, the Steelers rank 29th in the league in Russian.

  • These air the Steelers were talking about Can you tell me any time in their history that you can recall that they've ranked that low running the football?

  • It just doesn't happen now.

  • We understand that way, Understand?

  • Even with Levian Bell, their running game per se is as good as it was may not have been quote unquote because they always through the football since big Ben Roethlisberger has arrived for the most part anyway, we understand that all I'm saying is is that they've always been able to run the football.

  • That has not been the case.

  • It isn't the case now, which puts even more pressure not just on the arm but the decision making of Ben Roethlisberger in terms of making sure you minimize the mist aches and get the ball thio.

  • Just a numerous number of receivers that you have at your disposal.

  • How many teams could say they have five dudes?

  • That a legitimate, bona fide big time targets?

  • I'm talking about Claypool, Juju, Smith Schuster, James Washington, DeAndre Johnson, Dion, Dion Johnson, Eric Ebron.

  • I mean, damn you got all of these targets.

  • And you know what?

  • I don't blame you for throwing the football.

  • I don't know if you need to throw it 53 times, but I don't blame you for throwing the football 40 times a game, but you've got to minimize the mist aches.

  • And unfortunately for Big Ben Roethlisberger, it's not that he makes an abundance of them, but it always seems like the mistakes that he makes come at the most ill times.

  • You know it, you know, just ill time.

  • Mistake's just the wrong time.

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