I did some film work the last couple of days. I watched every offensive snap and paid close attention to red zone and 3rd downs. For a guy that has seen Ben play poorly over the last few years it was even more eye-opening than I had feared. Not only was his decision making as poor as I've ever seen but his arm strength has really worried me ever since the Ravens game. I went to the game in Baltimore as I try to do each year and aside from the abnormal amount of Steelers fans at the game (likely a byproduct of the Ravens taking a knee in London) the most alarming thing I saw was what a lack of velocity on the football coming out of Ben's hand. On several throws the ball appeared to float and there was a noticeable lack of zip on the football. My immediate thought was maybe he was just going through one of those dead arm periods that I've read a lot of QBs go through and maybe that's it but I saw more of it watching the Jags game. Anyway... I watched a lot but the process of recording it, converting it to a GIF and then uploading the GIF to a site that will allow me to share it is really time consuming so I only have a couple of examples to show today. The first example was literally the second play of the game. Ben had just gone deep to AB and it's now 2nd and 10 at the 23 yard line. Above is the route combinations. This is right before pre-snap and it's a pretty simple read for Ben. He has the look he wants. All he has to do is read the safeties. Juju and McDonald are both running vertical routes so he only has to read the ILB and two safeties. If the safety close to the LOS doesn't drop the deep safety can't be in two places. If he drops he'll have the underneath throw to Jesse James. A rookie QB could read this. I'll let the GIF play (I figured out how to do slow mo which helps). Pretty easy to see above that Ben has multiple options here. The safety in the box takes away the underneath route and the deep safety shades towards McDonald. All alone on a great post route is JuJu for a TD. McDonald is also open but for some reason Ben tries a pump fake which throws off his motion and results in a duck that gets batted down by the underneath LB. Bottom line... Haley dials up a perfect play with multiple options that should be a TD and Ben can't execute which can be explained even furthere when you look at the view from behind... Just like the play last week that AB received all the criticism for (somewhat justified) Ben doesn't even look at one side of the field. He has two guys running vertical routes against a single high safety and he doesn't even read it. When I read what he said last week in his defense about reading the one side of the field I thought to myself how many other QBs were chuckling to themselves. If I have time I'll make a GIF of the play and show Weddle right on the has marks (not really on one side) and how easily he could have seen AB if he was looking but to get back to this play. Ben has determined pre-snap he's going to McDonald, tries some unneccessary nonsensical pump fake and then delivers a retarded pass. Do you now easily he could have simply glanced to his left and hit JuJu on the post? How different is this game if it's 7-0 Steelers after two plays. And then later in this drive he does a nice job of stepping up in the pocket on 3rd down but air mails the ball over Bryants head. Results = FG. Results = fans questioning Haley's play-calling. Results = fans saying Tomlin can't get his team prepared. Results = Beach want to go with Josh Dobbs (yes I realize he's 3rd string).