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Instant Rewind (Steelers 27, Redskins 12)


Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review

Here are my first thoughts of the Steelers 24-17 win over the Bengals


* I toiled around the Redskins locker room trying to find out why they didn’t use Robert Griffin III much on the read-option play. Almost to a man, I was told that the Steelers early lead contributed to the lack of designed run plays for RGIII — just three.

That’s hogwash.

When a team bases its offense around a dynamic quarterback like Griffin, you never go away from what he does best.

What I believe is that offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan didn’t want to subject his quarterback to hard-hitting, free-running linebackers like James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley. Think about it, this was the first time that the Redskins played against a 3-4 team. Typically RGIII is trying to outrun a defensive end rather than a linebacker

That’s better of an explanation than I got from the Redskins.

* You have to give credit to both Will Allen and Keenan Lewis. Both played superb defensively.

* There is going to be a lot of talk about Jonathan Dwyer being the starting running back even if Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman return.

I am a big Dwyer fan, always have been, but let’s be truthful here. The Steelers offensive line has been absolutely amazing over the past two weeks. You have to give credit where credit is due.

I always like to place a guy like Mendenhall in that situation with how this line has been blocking. Mendenhall is still an overall better running back at this point in time and that’s why he needs to be the starter when he returns.

* That’s not 183 yards worth of lost field position because of special teams penalties over the past two weeks.

* So this defense doesn’t look too old now.

* So Dick LeBeau’s scheme looks pretty good now.

* Todd Haley called a beautiful series on the opening touchdown of the game. He mixed in the shotgun four times, ran the ball four times and let Ben Roethlisberger the chance to make plays on other occasions.

* Maurkice Pouncey is good.




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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