Posted 02 September 2010 - 09:48 PM
I had to watch the game with the Steelers commentators, and I have to say they are easily the most ignorant commentators I've ever heard.
Pike was alright, still floats the ball and has no zip on his passes, but threw some nice balls and even ran for a first down.
Edwards did well, even on his 1 punt return. Can't say for sure if the miscommunication early was his fault or Cantwell's.
Gettis should give Goodson some good competition for KR. Made some nice catches, dropped a couple passes he shoulda caught but got hit pretty good immediately. Should definitely make the team over Moore, Martin, or anyone not Smith, Jarrett, Lafell, or Edwards.
Jarrett had another play with nice separation early in the game, but Cantwell grossly underthrew him and the pass was almost picked off. One example of commentators' ignorance "Jarrett was blanketed by ______ on that play, great coverage" but Jarrett had a good yard step on the defender (whatever his name was). Had the pass been decent, it coulda gone for 6 (although Jarrett probably woulda been chased down).
Goodson looked good again. Vaughn and Savage looked horrid.
I'd say overall the game went ok considering the Panthers started with mostly 3rd stringers with a few 2nds against the Steelers starting lineup. At pretty much every point in the game the Steelers had 1 level of players higher in the game. The only exception being when they took Dixon out early so Batch could shake off some of the rust.
All of the kick and punt returns looked pretty good, and the kick and punt coverage was pretty good too with the lone exception of that one that got run back for a bunch of yards, but even on that one I counted at least 2 blocks in the back that weren't called on the Steelers.
Duke Robinson is trying to get himself cut.
Witherspoon is making a case for his roster spot.
Hardy was all over the place as usual. Lots of penetration, good lateral movement chasing down the play.
Tyler's hit on Dwyer in the backfield was classic.
Landri got some good penetration at times.
The 3rd+ string linebackers looked lost most of the time.
Again, offense moved the ball decently considering it was the 4th string RB, 3rd or higher string WRs, 3rd string QB and backup O-linemen that started the game against the first string Steeler defense. Same thing about the defense, decent performance considering it was all backups, some 3rd string or higher that started against 1st string Steeler offense.