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Instant Rewind (Ravens 13, Steelers 10)


Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review

You can’t take anything away from Byron Leftwich, but Ben Roethlisberger he is not.

If some of us really didn’t know how much Roethlisberger means to the Steelers, Sunday’s 13-10 loss to Baltimore sure hammers that home – without Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers are a 6-10 team.

That’s really not shot at the skill players the Steelers have more than it is an affirmation of how good Roethlisberger is.

Who doesn’t think Sunday’s game would’ve been more like 24-13 with Roethlisberger in the lineup instead of Leftwich. Now, it would’ve helped if Antonio Brown was available as well, but he’s still not on the level of Roethlisberger when it comes to importance.

* Watching from the press box, I sure couldn’t tell any rhyme or reason of who was chosen to be in the backfield for the Steelers at a particular point.

At times, it seemed like Jonathan Dwyer was the man. At others, Rashard Mendenhall it looked like the featured back. Who knows, if Isaac Redman didn’t get hurt, maybe he would’ve appeared to burden the work load.

I really don’t have much of an issue if the Steelers want to use multiple running backs. But using multiple running back play-by-play sort of like Midget League Football won’t benefit anybody involved.

I am still a firm believer that Mendenhall is the answer, but let me tell you, Dwyer sure is closing that gap. Dwyer runs hard, runs physical, runs after contact and, most of all, finds the holes.

* Where is everybody clamoring for Ike Taylor’s head on a platter gone?

They all seem have gone away since that miserable performance in Tennessee. Sunday’s game against Baltimore was the fifth consecutive solid game Taylor has turned in.

Taylor, who spent most of his time on Torrey Smith, limited the deep-ball receiver to one catch on seven targets.

* You know what made the Steelers such a good running team in three of their past four games?

How about Roethlisberger?

Roethlisberger is completing 66.3 percent of his passes on third down. Leftwich completed only 5-of-17 passes for 76 yards, an interception and was sacked three times on third down.

Moving the chains makes for more down which makes for more running plays.

Yet another reason why Roethlisberger is so valuable.

* It was a bright spot to see the Steelers’ front seven finally putting pressure on the quarterback. James Harrison had a sack as did LaMarr Woodley.

* I reserve the right to change my mind and think Charlie Batch is the better of the two quarterbacks … hmmm, the time might be about now.

* Don’t call it a season yet. Baltimore has struggled a lot in San Diego so a loss there and a Steelers win in two weeks and we are back to square one.




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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