All the black and gold can do is go up from here.
The team showed at least they are not giving up completely on the 2013 season Wednesday, as the club dealt with old OC Bruce Arians and the Cardinals for left tackle Levi Brown.
Brown will come to the Steelers for a conditional late-round draft pick.
He will likely get a shot to help out an offense line that has been in a word – awful – since the moment the season started with a 16-9 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Brown, like many recent Steelers picks, has been underwhelming in his NFL career, but was the fifth overall pick in the 2007 draft.
On what Brown’s role will be with the Steelers, coach Mike Tomlin said, “Obviously his ability to take in and learn information is going to be an element of that. Obviously [we're] excited about acquiring a veteran offensive lineman.”
In other words, if he’s breathing – he will play, and probably will push Mike Adams, who has been terrible in 2013, to the bench.
Adams, a second-round pick in 2012, went from right to left tackle, but has allowed more pressures in the first four games that many tackles allow in a season.
Jared Allen cruised by Adams a number of times Sunday in the Steelers latest setback in London, and overall the Vikings put up five sacks.
Allen had 2.5 of them against Adams.
With Brown aboard, the Steelers hopefully will give Ben more time to throw, as this season he’s been running for his life, and eventually he’s going to get hurt.
Marcus Gilbert will probably stay at right tackle, and that means you will have a combo of Brown at left and Gilbert at right.
At the end of the day, it’s a good move for the Steelers.
Brown has allowed 18 total pressures (four sacks, six hits and eight hurries) in 164 snaps, while Adams has allowed 23 pressures (four sacks, six hurries, 13 hits).
Let’s hope maybe this sparks the line – after all, nothing else so far in 2013 has.