By Shadow League staff December 24, 2012, 04:29 AM EST
1/5: QUESTION 1
The Steelers got thrown outta of the playoff party before it even started. What happened here?
JAMAR: The Steelers never seemed to get their swagger back once Ben Roethlisberger returned from injury. That, coupled with the rift between Big Ben and Todd Haley that seemed to hover over the team since Haley was hired, has left Pittsburgh on the outside looking in at the playoffs.
GAMBLE: Coach Tomlin hustled-and-flowed his butt off, but putting just one side of the ball to the wall does not a Super Bowl make. The D has – for the most part – been Morten Anderson money, statistically the NFL’s tops. The offense has been John Starks, 94’ Finals-inconsistent. Big Ben is ticking slower, the backfield changes faces like the A-Team and the vaunted aerial trio never soared.
MICHAEL TILLERY: Pittsburgh is just getting old. An aging team, combined with health issues at the QB position, won't be able to stop/start as it once did. I thought Pittsburgh would somehow get into the playoffs, but you know what? I wouldn't want to play them any week in 2013, because Tomlin will have the Steelers re-energized and mad as hell.
BOADU: Injuries, Father time and Todd Haley happened to the Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger missed games, James Harrison missed games, Troy Polamalu missed the entire damn season, because that guy that stepped on the field this season wasn't Polamalu. Also, offensive coordinator Todd Haley is a bad Katt Williams joke. Your girlfriend could probably call better plays than Haley.
MAURICE: The horror movie music started for the Steelers once they hired Todd Haley to replace Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite man on the sidelines, Bruce Arians, as the O-coordinator. Once Big Ben said that Haley’s offense wasn’t a big play offense, that it was dink-and-dunk, Pittsburgh’s demise was as sure as the black guy getting killed first in a scary flick.