|01-16-2006, 04:00 PM||#1|
Ring of Famer
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Green Mountains
Home Cooking One More Time
In the end it turns out that Joey Porter was right; Indianapolis and Peyton Manning didn’t want to play football. Manning showed why he hasn’t been to the Super Bowl, and why it’s unlikely that he ever will. Manning has been widely praised for his ability pick apart opposing defenses; using his brain to beat you as much as his arm. As it turns out, however, physicality still counts for something in the NFL, and apparently it counts for more than any brain can.
The Steelers demolished the Colts in every way possible, and in doing so delivered to the Broncos the gift of another home playoff game. The Steelers hit Manning early and often, and Manning showed that his desire to make the game cerebral stems from an unwillingness to take the physical punishment. In spite of the mountains of statistics that depict Manning as the premier passer in the league, he is not the premier quarterback leader in the league. Nor would I say he is in the top five. There are four still playing that I would put ahead of him on that list. Manning played scared Sunday against the Steelers. He showed that he’s not willing to stand in the pocket and deliver the ball when he knows he’s going to get hit.
Peyton Manning is the anti-Brady in many respects. Brady, despite his pretty boy appearance, stands in the face of pressure better than any quarterback in recent memory. He took more big hits against the Broncos than any QB should, but he delivered the ball every time. Manning was clearly more concerned with protecting himself than he was with delivering the ball, and had the gall to call out his teammates during his press conference following the game.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have given the Denver Broncos all that they could have wished for. They will be at home for the AFC Championship game. The Broncos need to be careful what they wish for however. The Steelers are not to be taken lightly, nor do I believe they will be by Mike Shanahan and his crew. The Steelers are very much like the Broncos. Their dedication to the running game is arguably as devout as is the Broncos. They have been written off by the media just like the Broncos, and they have an “us against the world” attitude just like the Broncos. These are two teams who have been overlooked almost completely. It’s karmic justice that they’re both still alive.
The post-season run by the Steelers has thus far been more than a little impressive; already two road victories against teams who were favored to move on. Okay, the Steelers were given a chance against the Bengals, but they were entirely ignored against the Colts. Just like the Broncos they were ignored, and yet dominated their competition. It isn’t likely that either team will be dismissed this week, they have proven they belong. It will be one of those rare events where two teams who truly have a deep respect for one another pound it out and see who’s left standing. Mike Shanahan and Bill Cowher share a similar philosophy about how the game should be played. And if Joey Porter still wants to play some real football, I would be willing to bet that the Denver Broncos will be eager to oblige.
|01-16-2006, 04:03 PM||#2|
RIP Darrent Williams
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Glendale, AZ
great post again BH.
Im so pumped that we get ANOTHER HOME GAME!!!!!!!!!
I know the Steelers play very good on the road, but we play very good at home, so it should be a slug fest!
|01-16-2006, 04:14 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Hot Springs, Ouachitah
While there are similarities there are also major differences, starting with the Coaches. Shanahan is cerebral and coaches in a true Walsh style. Sure, he gets worked up, but generally keeps his cool. Coyer is hard nosed old school in the mold of a Ditka, including spraying spit and throwing tantrums.
M.A. is the main back, and a power back. Bell is the speed or change of pace back. In Pitt, it's the opposite. Parker is the main back, Bus pounds it into paydirt.
QB's are also very different. Jake rolls out and throws on the run. Big Ben is frankenstein feet and a true pocket passer with a stronger arm.
Pitt has a bigger OL. Still, yes, there are similarities. I think they matched up better against Indy than we would of.
|01-16-2006, 04:31 PM||#5|
Attack at all times . . .
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: AFC West Championshipville
Slugfest, last man standing, Joey Porter wants to play football, I love that stuff. This is a football fan's matchup Sunday at Mile High. Let's see who's best.