The Pittsburgh Steelers had many questioning their decisions during Thursday night’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, including quarterback Michael Vick’s own brother.
The Pittsburgh Steelers almost pulled out a tough win over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night, despite having back-up quarterback Michael Vick on the field rather than Ben Roethlisberger. However, a poor kicking game and a questionable play call down the stretch doomed them to the loss as Pittsburgh fell to 2-2 on the season.
After watching Josh Scobee miss two field goal attempts on the night, Steelers’ coach Mike Tomlin opted to go for it on fourth and two from the Ravens’ 33-yard line rather than attempt the long field goal. That likely meant that All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell, who was averaging 5.9 yards per carry on the night would get the ball, right?
The Steelers instead called for a sweep for quarterback Michael Vick, who pulled up and attempted a short pass to Antonio Brown. Unfortunately, the pass fell incomplete and the Ravens got the ball back, driving to within kicking range and promptly ended the game on the back of a 52-yard field goal from Justin Tucker.
Many Steelers fans took to Twitter to voice their frustration over night, with many not only bagging Scobee, but also questioning why the ball didn’t go to Bell with the game on the line. Interestingly enough, one of those folks bagging the call was none other than Michael Vick’s brother, Marcus.
While even Marcus could plainly see what Todd Haley and Mike Tomlin couldn’t, that Bell needed to be given the ball, it still has to hurt his brother’s pride a bit that little bro had so little faith in him to get the job done. Needless to say, there may some issues discussed over the table at Thanksgiving this year.
But in the end, at least the Steelers have something to take away from this. At least this didn’t happen on the goal line in the Super Bowl.
(h/t SB Nation)
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