This week we’re playing Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh. This is our third time playing them, and our third time playing at Pittsburgh. It’s about as tough a place to play as there is in football. The fans are outstanding. Anytime I go into a stadium, I don’t know why I do this, but anytime I go into a visiting stadium and I’m hearing all the heckling, which is good, I always look at the jerseys (fans are wearing). How many different players’ names do they have on (their jerseys)? They have (Jack) Lambert, (Terry) Bradshaw, Joe Greene, Mel Blount. They have Hines Ward. They have Jerome Bettis and then they have a million of their current players. (Troy) Polamalu (jerseys), it seems like a ton of people have those. Most of the women out there, they’ll have the Polamalu jerseys or the Jack Lambert jerseys (joking), obviously. But you go in there and it’s kind of neat to see. Then (you think), ‘Man, we’re facing a good football team,’ with the Roethlisberger’s and all that kind of jazz. I don’t know why I always look at (the jerseys). I don’t know why I’m bringing that up (laughter), but it’s Pittsburgh, so that’s it.
And with that, I knew we had no chance. Most eveyone thats ever competed in any form has probably experienced being on the winning end and losing end of a good old fashioned whoopin. That game where one team knows its superior and the other team knows its inferior. Usually those games are competitive for a little bit, then the team that both sides believe is better eventually asserts itself and the outcome that both sides preconceived materializes. Some of us may even have been on some of those "Little Engine that Could" teams. Those teams that really had no business, from a talent standpoint, being on the same field as the other but competes their hearts out and sticks it to the supposed "superior" team. So much of the outcome of competition stems from the belief that one will win. Rex all but conceded defeat with his little homage to the Steelers. And to top it off, he added this little nugget:
It’s a huge challenge, so we’ll see. It’s going to take everything we have and we’ll see what happens. Obviously, we’re going to give that kind of effort and, at the end of the day, we’ll see if that will be good enough to beat Pittsburgh.
Basically he's conceding that they're the better team, and that it'll take our best game just to even have a cahnce. Seriously... WTF is that?!?! Rex, if you don't think that your team is good enough to go toe-to-toe with any team out there, then you're not the right guy for this job. You should be of the belief that if your team gives its best effort, that they will wipe the floor with any team out there. You should believe that your team at its best is gonna light up whoever has the misfortune of suiting up against you that day. If you're not going to try, I mean really try, then wtf are you good for?
They say that teams take on the personality of their coach. And there's no doubt that this team played timid. Just like their coach. A coach that wanted to hang around and keep things as close as possible, hoping that the extra-wonderful, superfantastic, all-time-great Steelers would make a mistake and blow it. Because God knows that the Jets weren't good enough to win that game based on their own merit. God forbid we actually tried to, you know, win. Nope. Can't do that. Instead we'll come out and throw a puch, land it, and curl up in the fetal position and wait for the Steelers' onslaught in retaliation. Hoping that one of their punches miss and they break their hand on the sidewalk. Because, you know, they have Lambert jerseys and all that jazz.
We never had a chance in this one. Not because the Steelers are a better team, but because we didn't believe that we could win. So we didn't try. We got a little bit of a lead and went into a prevent offense. No Tebow, no mixing and matching personnel, no quickened pace, no shots down field,... nothing. It was all a formality after the Steelers got the lead. We just laid down and braced for the blows. We just went through the motions. If you don't believe you'll win, you won't.
The Steelers had us beat before the coin toss.