About One Hour Ago
It was nice to finally write about some "heroic deeds" after the Steelers won their first victory of 2019 on Monday night against the Bengals 27: 3.
But as Mike Tomlin pointed out, it was far from perfect. We "ventilate our complaints", win or lose at the "Breakfast with Benz".
And just because the Steelers avoided defeat for the first time this year does not mean there's a lack of things to complain about. Challenging Challenges
Mike Tomlin has now lost 11 replay challenges in a row.
The one he burned on Monday night was probably not worth the risk.
He fought against the decision of an offensive pass interference call against Johnny Holton. So Tomlin would have saved only 1
But the call against Holton was so bad that I would have challenged him as well.
– Charles Tommarello (@ grunge777) October 1, 2019
I mean, come on!
I'm here with Tomlin. If this call is not canceled, what is it? If no flag is thrown, no one think twice about checking this game as a challenged non-call.
The NFL is happy to fly. Playback has become too intrusive.
The League can use as much objective language as it wants. But pass interference is still a subjective call.
And the referees are still stinking objectively.
So, Replay does not help with all that.
Where was Washington?
Many of us thought that James Washington would bloom as soon as Mason Rudolph became Quarterback. After all, they had this great college connection, right?
So much for this idea. He only has one goal Monday.
This should be a breakout season for Washington, but he only has 88 yards on six catches.
The Steelers are still ravaged by ownership-down conversions. They were only 3 of 9 against the Bengals Monday.
In the season, the unit of offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner is only 12 out of 44. That's just a pass rate of 27%.
Only the dolphins and jets are worse.
The Steelers are also just 1-on-5 on fourth runs.
It's a good thing that the short-pass game on Monday night was so effective.
Because the conventional running game again had problems.
Jaylen Samuels and James Conner teamed for 16 receptions, 140 yards and a touchdown through the air.
But they joined for 68 yards in 20 attempts on the ground. Half of these shipyards were scored with two runs. Conner had a 21-yard effort and Samuels had a 13-yard effort. In addition, Conner and Benny Snell were stopped in the first quarter at the Cincinnati 42 in third and fourth place.
The Steelers are 29th in the NFL in a hurry at 64.5 yards per game.
At some point, this number must get better. Regardless of what Randy Fichtner may tell you, the short passes to the back are not always long handovers.
Otherwise, the Steelers would have tried this on these third and fourth downs.
Do not do it again Diontae
Diontae Johnson fumbled in the first quarter.
– NFL France -firstdownfr.fr (@SecondDownFR) October 1, 2019
This turnover led to the only points of the game for the Bengals – a field goal. Fortunately for Johnson, the defense came up for him and forced Cincinnati to lose three.
Head coach Mike Tomlin had some advice for the rookie wide receiver: "Do not fumble anymore."
Ah. Indeed wisdom from the coach.
At least, Johnson made up for his mistake later in the game.
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Maybe Tomlin should give him as well just say that he should achieve more touchdowns.  Tim Benz is the author of the Tribune Review. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter . All tweets could be posted again. Unless otherwise stated, all e-mails are subject to publication.