Aug 19, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; A Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark (25) watches from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Same old problems plague Steelers in preseason loss to Redskins

While I don’t normally put too much stock in preseason games, I do get nervous when same old problems start to feel, well, normal. And it was, truly, the same old problems that plagued the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight in their 24-13 loss against the Washington Redskins.

Yet again, the offensive line looked sloppy and undisciplined. Not only were offensive lineman guilty of the first four penalties, but they also committed four penalties that cancelled out completed first-down passes. Moreover, the Redskins were just able to find their way through the line far too easily. Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield was tonight’s particular thorn in the O-line’s side, causing Ben Roethlisberger to rush and even sacking him early in the game. But the line didn’t get much better as Bruce Gradkowski and Landry Jones came in, either.

Now let’s talk about some positives. Jonathan Dwyer looked particularly good, rushing for a game-high 68 yards on 14 carries. He was able to make due with the holes provided to him by the line, and it seems as if he’s going to be a good choice for the Steelers to continue with as the season starts. His fumble was sloppy, but overall I have good feelings about him.

As per usual, I’m going to get really excited about former SEC star Jarvis Jones. We got a good, hard look at him tonight because he played the majority of the game. His forced fumble showed that he is coming along nicely and will be a big contribution to the already aggressive defense.

Moreover, it’ll be interesting to see what happens in the right outside linebacker position. Jason Worilds didn’t play very much, and the time he did play was split between both left and right outside linebacker. Who will win out for the position in the end? My bets are on Jones, but perhaps Worilds’ experience will give him the edge.

What did you think about tonight’s game? Let me know in the comments!

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  • bk

    Spot on for the most part… The O line looked horrible, especially Pouncey..maybe he spent too much time hamming it up with a murderer’s props than in the weight room. DB’s looked terrible as well, safety’s non-existant and Ike getting burnt… same old same old. Hailey’s offense predictable.. we sat and called the plays out
    in the first half before they were run, if I can figure them out, pro’s surely can..Hey Todd, whatever you wanted to call, do the OPPOSITE! Never even went deep until Ben was out. Also, RB injuries strike early, so, why was Dwyer still in? Did Tomlin want to hurt his only decent rb that was left? I swear he is regressing as a coach if that is even possible. I liked how Landry Jones did, but, we are going to need him after Ben gets killed because our OL is pathetic. Oh, hey TOmlin, it’s pre-season, go for a 4th down early inthe game once… idiot.

    • Danielle Dobies

      I agree. And the predictable play calling is yet ANOTHER of the same problems that I saw last year.

  • ggoldbach

    I’m not an anti-Tomlin troll. What has bothered me over the last few years is that the press conferences are all the same.
    Tomlin seldom smiles. He talks about the “standard” and the poor performances like he is a spectator who watched from the sidelines.
    He is the coach. He seems to blame the players. He talks about poor performances by the players like he has nothing to do with them and no responsibility.
    He uses clichés and platitudes that don’t offer any solutions. What are,the solutions to the problems?
    What is his plan to improve the team? Does he have anything to offer? Who is supposed to take responsibility for the teams failures? It doesn’t appear to be his responsibility. It’s the players fault. Who picked these players? Who coaches these players? He must just clean the locker room after the game.