The Pittsburgh Steelers fan base can be fickle, but most of the time they are a very honest bunch. They want championships, and anything short of that is simply unacceptable. When things are going great, they are on top of the world, but when things go south fans are jumping off the bandwagon as if it were in flames.
Last week we wrote about the Steelers FanPulse confidence results, and how dramatic the confidence dropped after the team’s Week 1 loss to the New England Patriots in Foxoboro. Last week’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 didn’t help matters, but losing Ben Roethlisberger for the rest of the season with an elbow injury has moved the confident into an all-time low.
How low? The latest FanPulse results certainly paint a pretty accurate photo of how they truly feel:
The truth of the matter is although the confidence is at a low of 13%, much of that is based off of uncertainty. How will Mason Rudolph perform as the starter for the rest of the 2019 regular season? Will Minkah Fitzpatrick be able to get acclimated sooner, rather than later?
When you look at it this way, you can understand the lack of confidence in the direction of the team. Without Roethlisberger, this team is almost like a brand new team! So fans are rightfully concerned.
With that said, while the fan base doesn’t necessarily buy into the notion of Rudolph saving the day, like Roethlisberger did in 2004, I would almost guarantee a victory in Week 3 over the San Francisco 49ers on the road would push that confidence mark up a significant margin. Back up to where they were before Week 1? No, but certainly higher than the 13% it currently resides.
One thing is for sure, if the Steelers lose on Sunday, and get embarrassed in the process, you can fully expect the organization to feel the heat of torches and pitchforks as the Steelers’ rabid fan base will be out for blood, looking for a scapegoat.
Buckle up fans, this game Sunday will be a big one!
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