They did find their niche in the second half for pass protection though. Coach Mike Tomlin has to be happy about that, even if he is miffed about the former becoming a problem like it was last season. Rookie production for a fairly deep team (in most areas, as no team has the depth they wish they had in all areas) has got to be making offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Coach Tomlin very happy specifically the playmaking ability shown by rookie WR Mike Wallace, whose quick thinking turned a potential throw away/sack into a 22-yard completion to set up the winning field goal Additionally, the defense played very well, if a bit rusty. The defense gave up only three points in the second half, and also had a blocked field goal attempt.Speaking of which, let's hit some of the low points for the evening. Pittsburgh has got to be holding its breath and saying some silent prayers for the quick recovery of Pro Bowl Safety Troy Polamalu, who suffered a MCL sprain in his left knee on the field goal block. Obviously, his absence will be felt by the Steelers' defense. Also, as mentioned earlier, the offensive line seemed to be non-existent in opening up the run game.
The Steelers managed to accrue a massive 28 yards rushing on the night. While credit is due to the Titans' defense in stuffing the run, the Steelers O-line needs to take responsibility for this and work hard on making tonight seem more like a fluke and less like a trend. This caused a fumble near the end of regulation that could have spelled disaster, yet with little time remaining on the clock, Tennessee ran the time out and took their chances in Overtime. The Steelers have shown the league that no matter the adversity that they face, they are defending Super Bowl Champions for a reason and do not intend to back down.
While they have their work cut out for them, confidence should be riding high in Pittsburgh tonight, and will carry on as they prepare to head to Chicago next week.. Operational Restructuring Out-of-Court RestructuringsSPEAKERS: Foley & Lardner LLP Judy A. O'Neill, Partner, Automotive Industry Team; Chair, Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations Practice; Chair, Automotive Industry Crisis Response Team Ann Marie Uetz, Partner, Automotive Industry Team and Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations PracticeMiller Buckfire Durc A. Savini, Managing Director and Head of Auto Supplier Advisory PracticeWHEN: Thursday, February 5, 20097:45 a.m., Registration and Continental Breakfast8:30 a.m.