Thursday, September 07, 2006

The Super Bowl Buzz Kill

Why your team won't win the Super Bowl:



It’s become quite a soap opera for the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason. You all know about Ben Roethlisberger and his refusal to ride a motorcycle with a helmet on. He might as well have gone David Blaine on us and stayed in a tank for three weeks. It couldn’t have been any worse. Then you have questions about Bill Cowher’s motivation to stay on the Pittsburgh sidelines after the recently retired Jerome Bettis threw him under the bus and suggested this was his last season as coach of the Steelers. First-round pick Santonio Holmes showed that he wanted to really be a member of the Cincinnati Bengals after a run-in with the law. It has been quite a couple of months since the Super Bowl.

None of that, however, is as detrimental as the loss of lineman Kimo von Oelhoffen. Now, the common NFL might see von Oelhoffen as just another defensive end. But what happens if the Steelers find themselves in a playoff game against a superior opponent. Who are they going to get to deliberately fall into the opposing quarterback’s leg? Not everybody has the lack of integrity exhibited by von Oelhoffen, and that is something the Steelers should have considered before letting him go to the Jets.


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8 comments:

Diane said...

Can anyone translate for me anything that Madden has said during the first quarter? Or do you know where I can get closed captioning for the Madden impaired?

DAWUSS said...

Are you asking about the "bubbles" when running blocking assignments?

Anonymous said...

Yeah "Captain Obvious" needs to be put in an old folks home instead of national television. "You see, Bath did the old college option, where you fake left but pitch right." Thanks Captain Obvious i've only been watching football 20 years so i don't kow what an option is.

Diane said...

dawuss - yep - I'm no football expert, but I was particularly confused (as was Al) by Madden's double bubble defense . . .

DAWUSS said...

Basically, a "bubble" is when an offensive lineman has a blocking assignment (and it's usually a clear shot) at a linebacker. Usually in a 3-4, the DEs line up over the tackles, the DT lines up over the center, and the guards pick up the ILBs, and that's known as a "bubble".

I had a hard time picking it up at first, but once the telestrator pen was put into play I understood it pretty well.

In this image, which illustrates the example mentioned above, the bubble happens between the left guard and the left inside linebacker and again between the right guard and the right inside linebacker.

And here you can see that play happen as the guards pick up the linebackers, and several holes open up for the runningback (although not necessarily relevant to the explanation of the technique itself) up until the DT wins against the center and the unblocked DB nearly tackles the RB.

NFL Adam said...

Does NBC have your number?

DAWUSS said...

lol I wish

Diane said...

See, this is what I mean. As Madden blathers on, Dawuss could be shown in a picture in picture screen in the corner explaining what Madden just said - kind of like when they have the guy there doing sign language for the hearing impaired