Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau must have run the heart-breaking Tebow to Demaryius Thomas play over and over in his head during the long off-season, but he's man enough to know when to take the blame.
When discussing the "cover 9," (which some call an "inverted cover 2") on that particular play, LeBeau told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "I doubt if we'd be in that particular defense again because the coordinator didn't call a very damn good defense,''
"Let me tell you something," he said. "Over the years I've made a lot of bad calls and I'm man enough to step up and say it and when a play ends the game, ends your season, that can't be a very good call."
While he can admit to the bad call, he also points out players' responsibility to make a tackle when the game is on the line: "That's a big, talented wide receiver. The thing was, we have to get the guy on the ground. You're not going to stop every pass, but you got to tackle the catch and that's something we didn't do on that play and, consequently, we're talking about 2012 now."
"You learn from your mistakes,'' he said. "You look at it, you look at everything, This isn't a business where you stick your head in the sand and hope it gets better. ... And there is some carryover because the coaching staff hasn't changed. And the running game, I don't think the running game is going to change."
And with that, we move on to 2012, and their rematch in Denver to open the season. Instead of game planning for Tim Tebow, Lebeau is in familiar territory in dealing with the likes of Peyton Manning.
"Let me be the devil's advocate. If you had Peyton Manning, how much of a different offense would you put in? You're going to get Peyton Manning's offense."