I think I have heard it all in the last few weeks as losses bring out worst in everybody. Why, seems to be the most popular question. Arians, Special Teams, Tomlin, and no Troy seem to be the most popular answers. Well I have heard it all. In my annual trip to the Burgh last week against Cincy I even heard some Steelers fans mutter “we should have put in Batch” as I left. This is the reason why they were sitting in the seats and not standing on the sidelines. Let’s look at some numbers.
Ninth in the NFL in total defense and 7th in the NFL in total offense; sound like a playoff team? Nope, that’s an 8-8 2006 Steelers squad that was 28th in turnover differential.
This year we are 6th in total offense and number one overall in total defense. Does that sound like a playoff team? Well we are -5 in turnover differential which is good for 27th in the league. The answer is No with that turnover diff.
Arians is not fumbling, Tomlin has not dropped any ints, Special Teams well?, and the D is number one overall without Troy. I have heard Debo is not performing. He is third in the NFL in sacks! 2008’s team was 7-3 with an even TO diff through 11 weeks last season. We closed +10 to finish the season which includes +6 in the playoffs. Last year and this year’s teams both forced 14 takeaways through 11 weeks.
In the NFL the difference between winning and losing comes down to a few plays regardless of who is on the field. A bad spot here and a missed tackle there can be costly, but nothing is more costly than the turnovers. Luck played its role in last years championship. We were not perfect or an all time great. You can look for all the solutions and anecdotes you would like to solve the problems. It is simple to me, create turnovers and hold on to the ball we win, turn it over like we have and we lose!