PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette beat writer and Steelers insider Ed Bouchette joined the Fan Morning Show in his weekly spot to recap the Steelers’ win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Bouchette says he has some concerns about the Steelers’ offense.
He doesn’t like their running game and the play of their offensive line. If both of those areas don’t improve by the time the playoffs start, Bouchette says he doesn’t think the Steelers will make a deep run.
Bouchette remains impressed by the passing game of Ben Roethlisberger even with the play of the running game and concerns over the offensive line.
According to one of Bouchette’s sources, coach Mike Tomlin was very irritated after the win. He didn’t know why, but speculates that it could have been the lack of calls going Roethlisberger’s way, a fight after the game or all of the holding penalties.
Bouchette said the team needed a lift after “sleep-walking” through the first part of the game, and Troy Polamalu provided that play.
Bouchette said he would vote for Polamalu as defensive MVP, if he still had his AP vote.
He thinks the team will follow their routine of holding Polamalu out of practice this week.
He also tells the Fan Morning Show that one of Polamalu’s teammates told the Post-Gazette’s Ron Cook that his Achilles’ injury is really a calf injury.
Finally, Bouchette said that Tomlin and the Steelers are trying to take advantage of Mike Wallace’s speed by changing up the play calling.