Programming Note: The NFL Short Cuts version of this game was missing the first 5+ minutes, so this review excludes the Eagles first drive.
To be sure,
I am sure that Marvel Smith will not recall Sunday’s game fondly, but in the context of the remainder of the Steeler line, he was no worse. He got beat for 1 sack (plus 1 that was called back for penalty). As you know, the Steelers gave up 9. In 9 seasons with the Steelers, Marvel Smith has missed 18 games and started since early in his rookie year. He lists at 6’5”, 321 lbs., which is a little shorter than most LT’s and he was 321 lbs. roughly 321 doughnuts ago. In part because I did not have the Eagles first drive, but also because it sure would have been difficult to assign all those penetrations and sacks, I did not run my simplified O-Line model for this game. There was, however, an excellent post on the Steelers board that breaks down the 9 sacks:
· In Q4 at 8:06 he was part of the problem on the Roethlisberger intentional grounding safety. He allowed the left side of the pocket to collapse as Cole burst by and forced Ben to move, take the hit and release the ball incomplete. By the way, no sack was credited on that play, so as bad as the 9 sacks look, it could have been worse.