As the Steelers look around the league, they have suddenly become one big pile of mistakes, giving up the ball at an alarming rate, and not getting any turnovers in return.
With that, the 2013 season already looks like a lost cause.
You can put the blame on the coaching staff all you want, and while I will agree that both Mike Tomlin and OC Todd Haley deserve their share of credit for mistakes, they also cannot be held responsible for mistakes when players put the ball on the ground or throw interceptions.
Sunday night the mistakes were bigger than a play call. They were bigger than who may have been on the field. The bottom line is for the first time in some time, the team simply isn’t very good.
Ben Roethlisberger looks like he is trying too hard, and the offensive line going through rotation after rotation just isn’t all that good. Mike Adams is a turnstile, and without Maurkice Pouncey, Roethlisberger is running for his life on nearly half the plays he’s on the field.
The blame for that? You can throw it on GM Kevin Colbert for the draft picks, but let’s face it, guys like Adams and even David DeCastro had high hopes upon being drafted.
As for the so-called ‘playmakers’ on offense, there’s simply too much in the way of ego getting in the way of playing a complete game. I don’t know about you, but even Antonio Brown, who has been a ghost up until last night, shouldn’t be out there dancing when catching a touchdown when the team is still down 1-2 scores.
Emmanuel Sanders is nowhere to be found after many felt he would have a big season, and rookie Markus Wheaton is an afterthought in this offense.
Sure, go ahead and call for the heads of Tomlin and Haley – but they are not going anywhere, and in the case of last night – it wasn’t there fault as to what happened on the field vs the Bears.
So what’s the answer? That’s the million dollar question.
I don’t know about everyone else, but last night was a joke, they gave that game away, and the mistakes, if this team wants to win has to stop.
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