Before I get into the Bengals role in what unfolded last night, let me first address how far Jim Nantz and Phil Simms were up Pittsburgh’s ass. They weren’t just condemning the few drunk people that were throwing the bottles onto the field, they were painting the entire city like animals. And then obviously shitting all over Vontaze and Pacman. That’s a separate discussion. But they forget that the Steelers are some of the dirtiest fucks around, that their QB has sexually assaulted someone, that Joey Porter was out at midfield confronting bengals players and wasn’t even LOOKED AT by a Referee, that we hate them, that they injured Carson Palmer for essentially 5 years and our best shot at a Superbowl… It’s all about beating them here and revenge… and we were 1:48 from doing so.
Another note, Ryan Shazier needs to be put down like a rabid dog. The NFL is letting this Psycho run around with normal people on the field with no eyebrows.
As for the Bengals, It was all coaching. Let me flash back to the early 4th Quarter, when GIO was already in the locker room with a concussion, and Jeremey came up gimpy after a first down catch. Rex Burkhead came into the game and ran the rock for like 3 yards. He had the ball wrapped up like he was carrying the holy grail! He basically sacrificed more yards to make sure the ball was secure. I think that is the guy you put in there when you know you can’t fumble. Like if GIO is available, put him in, but you DO NOT use Jeremey on 1st down when he got benched this season BECAUSE of fumbling. So, to me, that’s on the coaching even though it’s obviously still on Jeremy too.
The fact that Ben Roethlisberger, was dead, then carted off the field, then comes back out, then doesn’t play when he looks like he can play; the game looks essentially over, then by the hand of god the Steelers get the ball back, then coming in and winning the game for the Steelers is the most mind boggling thing I have EVER seen. I know that was a compound sentence, by the actual sequence of events was about as mind boggling as that sentence was.
I honestly could write an entire book about the penalties on Tez and Pac that were crucial down the stretch, but the reality is you saw them, I saw them, ESPN is going to be replaying them for the next year, so let me just talk about my major takeaway about the last drive.
It is in those moments, of pressure, of importance, that you as a coach and your players need to remain composed, and calm. I love this team, but it is clear that Marvin Lewis has taken them as far as he can. He just wasn’t able to keep control of the situation and lead the team to a win. The bengals basically just started to freak out as soon as the Steelers got the ball back. They and everyone in the stadium knew what was going to happen. It’s the steelers, and it’s us!!! We always find a way to fuck things up, you have to have a ballsy coach who is going to change that thinking.
I just picture next year. If we get all the way back to this exact same point, then is this team going to have a better mentality? What will have changed? The talk surrounding the Bengals will be the same, the situation will be the same, the coach will be the same. That is why Marvin has to go. It’s time for a change and a coach that can take this team over the top. And if this coaching spot becomes vacant, you will be able to get whoever you want to coach it. A fully loaded team with a quarterback? In the NFL? You can get ANYONE you want. And it’s time to do it.
PS- The 2 point conversion attempt play was the worst thing I’ve ever seen, run the ball there.