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On location: Steelers 19, Jets 6

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Looking ahead to kickoff …

Game: Steelers (0-4) vs. New York Jets (2-2)

Time: 1:02 p.m. Eastern

Site: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

TV, radio: CBS (national), WDVE-FM, ESPN Radio 970

Here is the official live summary.

Here is our Steelers page. Alan Robinson, Mark Kaboly, Ralph Paulk and I are on the scene.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and more, including his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.


  1. I have followed this team for over 40 years. There is a much bigger story here I now see. It starts with the Bruce Arians coverup. The forced hiring of Haley, the utter failures of the draft, the Raineys and the Taumu’s. The Amos Jones cluelessness of letting him go instead of firing hIm. The recycling of former players that produced nothing and Ryan Clark getting on with his life’s work while missing tackle after tackle on the field. The pool tables and ping pong mess as a symptom. The inability to judge talent, the failure to manage the clock, the composition of the game day roster featuring players who don’t play, or later we find don’t know the plays. To me it goes back to Art 2, he call to run the ball and for Ben to play it safe, then the firing of Arians, the false narrative, the forcing of Haley. Part 2 are failed drafts, Part 3 is player evaluation, clock management, failure to recognize in game player moves (Adams), clock management, game day rosters and discipline.

    The correct moves are to fire Haley now before he embarrasses them more, two release Ryan Clark now, show that your current job is more important than your future job.

    I realize neither will happen, but Dan Rooney will recognize empty seats, booing, and I fully expect a Haley blow-up before the year is out. The Steeler organization is in turmoil. The question is how did it happen and the story starts with the question on who was behind Arians and why did they lie?

    It goes to all levels, Owner, GM, Coaches, players.

    People count the Jets game as a victory, have you seen their D line? Gilbert and whoever the left tackle are are in for a long day.

    - over under on Colon penalties 1 1/2.

    - over under on Haley being sued before kickoff? That is the state of the 2013 Steelers.


  2. What happened to Dejan’s Blog access on front page of Trib Sports?

    My finger is tired from so many clicks to get here!

    I have to go to church now, so no time left for comment!

  3. Was there a chat this past week? If so , I couldn’t
    find it.

  4. So yesterday evening I was sitting in Lager Haus, my favorite watering hole in Palm Harbor which is just north of Clearwater, along with several friends. (Yes, I pay some people to pretend to be my friends. I tip a lot for the same reason.)

    We’re watching Penn State – Michigan. Michigan goes up by 10 in the fourth quarter so we flip to the Pens. Goal-Goal-Goal-Goal. Holy Crap.

    Then my Manhattan son texts: “You watching this??”

    (Yes. He texted YOU not U. I trained him.)

    I texted: yes…looks like a Pens style shoot out.

    He said: WRONG GAME.

    So we flipped another TV to Penn State, which we figured was long over, and caught the third and fourth overtime periods.

    And we watched the rest of the Pens-Lightning Round game, and that nickname fit, huh?

    And in the background there was another TV with the 1-0 StL-LA game.


    By the way. One of my so-called friends is a cop. Somehow because of his job he has access to discounts on Hockey and Baseball tickets. (I guess 7-11 owns the franchises.) Knowing I’m a Pens fan, he said we shoulda gone to the Lightning game.

    Turns out, NO FREAKING WAY. Then we woulda missed the action from the other two games.

    Not to mention some other intriguing games all day.

    And did I mention it’s a brew pub? Some intriguing beer, too.

    It’s about an hour north of Bradenton, for those of you who do the spring training thing. I’m there most Saturday nights (alone; that’s my wife’s date night), so that’s probably a strike against the place.

    • Glad you have someplace to call home, Drew ;)

    • I saw the Pens/Lightning game on Fox Sports here in Daytona Beach and it was good to see them win 5-4 with Niskanen scoring the winning goal with 19 seconds left. Also, I followed the Pens’ opener on WFAN New York versus the Jersey Devils on my tablet and thus witnessed M. A. Fleury’s one man show.

  5. I won’t need to watch today’s game to know how it will go.

    Kick/Punt return team won’t give offense good starting field position.
    Kick/Punt coverage team will give up too many yards to change the field position game.
    Offensive line won’t open up holes, running game will be lucky to get 50-75 yards.
    Offensive line can’t pass protect, probably another 3-5 sack game.
    Ben will be hurried and throw another interception or two again.
    Receivers can’t get off the line, which forces line to protect longer, that won’t happen.
    Miller forced to stay in to pass protect more giving Ben less options to throw ball.
    No pressure from defensive line.
    Maybe 1-2 pressures, no sacks by Woodley, Worilds, and Jones.
    Corners line up 10 yards off the ball…
    Ryan Clark misses a few more tackles
    Polamalu will be out of position, snap after snap without 1 big play or turnover

    Jets 27 Steelers 6

  6. Mornin Lunatics! Gotta go do the grocery shopping UGH!
    Ya’ll have a great day :)

    • Day? You shop all day?

      Hate to see your Giant Iggle bill.

      But if you’re buying that much, what time should we be over?

      I’ll bring the beer. Naturally.

      Eric will bring the angst. Naturally.

      We’ll need directions. But don’t tell Thunder.

      • If Dejan was awake, he’d post something about all the FuelPerks you’ll earn.

      • LOL! Yinz kill me. I don’t like to shop that much Drewster,
        Just not sure what the rest of the day will bring.
        I don’t want to even watch the Steelers.
        Hubby is STILL working at the local television station finishing up that morning show set.

        Glad I got back on for a bit….I see I’m not the ONLY one who doesn’t want to watch tht Steelers…

  7. I’m out for a morning walk. Totally by accident and no fooling, I figured out that it must be squirrel mating season.

    I took the most amazing video. Can’t wait to show my wife.

    On second thought. Maybe that’s not such a good idea.

    - Nature Boy Drew Flair

    (Can I get a Woooooo?)

  8. “Cliches are the tools of the incompetent.”

    “Incompetence is the $tandard.”

    Me channeling my inner evil Mike Tomlin who is nbent on destroying the world!

  9. Ok. There’s my wife. Time for a life altering moment.

    I’m gonna show her the video.

  10. This place is most definitely alive this am.

    Beat Em Bucs

    Steelers win in a nailbiter

  11. Today is anniversary of one of the great moments in sports history: Maz’ walk off World Series homer.

  12. If we can’t win this game, BAH!

  13. No way to the Steelers go to 0-5. The football Gods will not allow the Steelers and NY Giants to be a combined 0-11.

    And no way does Geno Smith beat Pittsburgh.

  14. Nice first offensive series.
    Here we go !


  15. Happy birthday to 21sthebest if we ever see him again lol

  16. Well that was a good defensive series.

  17. …annnd a penalty….Gilbert? Lovely.

  18. Well that was fun. OMG are they bad.

  19. Where was Sanders looking at? I don’t know if I am going to be able to stick around for the stinkfest.

  20. This team needs significant improvement just to suck.

  21. I have to light a candle because the smell coming from my TV is awful.

  22. Hmmmmmmm.
    Its not raining today, I may go paint some grass.
    Or sweep the mud.

    Or Drew can show his video to the group.

    • You could watch paint dry that would be just as much fun. I think I will go do some shopping and hit the Columbus Day sales.

  23. Nice of Clark to jaw at the Jet player, after being more than 10 yards away from the play.
    I cant remember a year the Steeler D was this bad.

    Maybe 1986.

  24. PIT w 12 total yards?
    For Jeebus sake.

  25. Well, well, well they can move the ball

  26. This is offense is so offensive.

  27. Remember when the Steelers used to score touchdowns ?

  28. If you can get the offensive line to pass protect for a 7-step drop by the QB and send a WR straight up the field, teams should be able to make that throw more often than not as Polamalu and Clark are old.

  29. I am amazed…. 6-3 lead for the Pir…. Steelers.

  30. Impressed by any offensive coordinator that throws RB, TE and WR screens as the central plays of their game plan.

  31. Well that’s 2 penalties on this series.

  32. OMG what the he$$ are they doing?

  33. Offensive breakout….

    3 field goals…

  34. Did I see, what I just saw?

  35. BEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. They just Keisel out with a rib injury. Isn’t that just great.

  37. Is the flip into the endzone really necessary?

    All this is good and bad about the steelers in one play: a great pass/catch (finally) and a young jerk acting the part.

    Attention starved cash money punks…

  38. Finally an interception by BIG MOUTH CLARK.

  39. Whoa…. Steelers defense….. play of the century…. an interception.

  40. Hi folks, Just checking in with a few thoughts.

    Yesterday’s PSU game was one of the best college games I’ve ever seen. Just amazing to watch. I never considered myself a Penn State fan, but I find myself rooting for them more and more.

    Way too much strutting and celebrating going on by a winless team in this Steelers game. And I usually like seeing that emotion. Ziggy Hood gets pushed out of more plays than any Steeler I can remember. Vince WIlliams looks promising. David DeCastro does not.

    I miss baseball.

  41. HEATH is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Lots of Steeler Nation in New York. And lots of “Heath’s” when he caught that last pass.

  43. I hate these gadget plays. They can’t disguise them.

  44. Opps. Sanders 6 TD, 6 Fumbles.

  45. Ok… to make Drew happy, need a TD and 2-pt conversion.

  46. The Steelers will keep effin’ around and may actually win this game.

  47. Can’t they teach these “players” how to tackle!!!!!!!! Aaaaah!

  48. What is this world we live in…. a QB pressure by Jones turns into Timmons INT……

  49. Holy Crap! A take away. Obviously, it was planned!

  50. Gameball to Dejan.

    No prediction.

  51. Well it’s a WIN.

  52. The reverse-jinx works again… damn I’m good.

  53. At least we wont go 0-16.

    Now we hurt our draft position. ;)

    Now, the Ratbirds.

  54. Around the AFC Metro

    3-2 Bengals in OT at Bills
    3-3 Ravens lose vs Packers
    3-3 Browns lose vs Lions
    1-4 Steelers win at Jets

  55. Steelers won, Ben’s still alive – it’s a start.

  56. Baltimore is losing to Green Bay and GB is driving. Bills and Bengals are in OT. Maybe we could gain a game on each team.

  57. We had em all the way, snort, snort, guffaw (in honor of The Gunner on this most magical Pittsburgh day)

  58. The Jaguars…

    4-4-JAC 26 (14:17) (Punt formation) W.Ta´ufo´ou up the middle to JAC 27 for 1 yard (M.Unrein).

    Manning TD. 7-0 Denver.

  59. “It’s important we get back on that side of the ledger.”

    -Mike Tomlin on winning versus losing.


    Just For You, Nighttime Planitor.

    • Tomlin is oblivious, not obvious…………. ;)

      Thanks Brandimal.
      Hope to see you tomorrow.
      Hope you are hanging in there……………..

  60. The Bengals won in OT. BOOOOOO!

  61. Pleasant evening folks!

  62. Can’t ever beat the effort of one Ben Roethlisberger….Steelers win!…lol.

  63. So our newly acquired OL, Levi Brown, is already injured…hurt his right triceps in PRE-GAME warmups….wow…

  64. I think I just tore my triceps taking out the trash.

  65. Our offensive line did well today didn’t they?

  66. Shut Up!

    I’m quite eager to read Monday’s column….

  67. I get a perverse joy from the suffering of Red Sox fans.

  68. They say there’s no momentum in baseball. I generally agree with that from game to game. But not during the course of a game. I can’t see how Detroit has any chance tonight.

  69. At least Fielder didn’t go all Moises Alou on the kid.

  70. To quote the man, “I don’t believe what I just saw.”

  71. Jim Leyland…. always finds a way.

    • Didn’t Smyly just get Papi out last night ? Wouldn’t you think he would want to get that matchup again ? Like you said, always seems to find a way.

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