I like all Steeler fans have been wondering what in the name of god is wrong with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Well I will do my best to tell you what I have seen. The first and most obvious thing is the lack of any noticeable running game. Between Felix Jones and Jonathan Dwyer, Sunday night was the most productive the steelers running game has been. I believe the lack of run game is due to a lack of continuity on the offensive line. I do not believe that the Steelers line is ineffective due to the individual talent there but the lack of starts as a unit. While watching the game they posted a graphic that said the Steelers offensive line had a combined 104 starts and, that is not even as a unit It is just individual starts. It may seem insignificant but maybe cutting a guy like Doug Legursky has a monumental effect on the performance of the line. Legursky came in last season as the utility linemen and did his job as well as he could until the rest of the line got healthy. The other four guys knew him they knew what he was going to do when he was going to doit but now he is long gone.
I do not really like to blame coaches but Todd Haley's play calling has been suspect as well. Why the Steelers front office and Mike Tomlin elected to get rid of Bruce Arians is beyond me but I believe that started the beginning of the end. I mean when your quarterback is so outspoken against a coach that should already be a red flag. Haley's commitment to the old Steeler football does not work mainly due to the fact that they do not have the personnel. They lack a dominant power back and, a line that support the backs. Big Ben had a comfort level with Bruce Arians. Arians allowed Ben to develop as a quarterback. I believe in Haley's system Roethlisberger is being forced to be more of a game manager. Now I understand that they want to limit how many times he gets hit but, It is becoming a detriment to the team as Big Ben cannot be Big Ben.
Lastly and most importantly give aways and take aways have been the achilles heel. Let us start with the defensive play. It has been solid but that is really all you can say. They have been doing the job that has been asked of them but really nothing more. The Steelers defense has been keeping the games within reach so I do not really blame them for the success of the team. On sunday night the Steeler's offense turned over the ball six times. You do not have to be a footbal fan to realize that is not good. The turnovers have allowed opposing offenses to start in plus territory and thus making things difficult for a defense that has just dtepped out of its prime.
As the owners of an 0-3 record the chances of making the playoffs are slim. The Pittsburgh Steelers do not have to be perfect but they do have to be pretty close to it if they want to think about the playoffs. The Steelers backs have been up against the wall before and they have proven that they could rise to the occasion. I am hopeful that the Steelers will be able to turn it around and It starts with a win against Minnesota.