My 8th grade social studies teacher Mr. Baker used to say, "This was a gimme and you blew it" meaning that the assignment should have been an easy "A."
The Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers should have been a gimme for the Steelers, but instead they blew it. Before we see if they can manage to master another "gimme" in the form of Jacksonville, Steelers Nation must grapple with these 5 Burning Questions.
1. In the wake of the James Harrison signing, Mark Kaboly got Troy Polamalu on the record with an interesting observation:
When you bring a guy like (Harrison) back and you don't dig into your youth it tells you something. It tells you that some of the older guys still would've helped us out if they would've kept them around.
Agree or disagree? The Steelers have shown the door to a lot of aging veterans since 2011. Should some of them have stayed? If so, who?
2. Dale Lolley had an observation of his own to make following the loss to Tampa:
Tampa Bay scored 10 points in the first 4:59 of this game and seven points with seven seconds remaining.
They had 10 points and did little in between. The Steelers handily won 50-plus minutes of this game....
What does that tell you?
3. In 1993, on Monday Night Football, a Buffalo Bills wide receiver once quipped that "If I played all my games against the Steelers, I'd have a 100 touchdowns in a year."
The faithful will remember that, while Don Beebe did have a four-TD game in 1991 vs. the Steelers, Gary Jones decked him something fierce later on that fateful ‘93 night. Although it has nothing to do with the question, check out this incredible hit by Jones:
Now to come down off of our collective sugar high, let's say the name no one wants to hear: Louis Murphy.
Playing for the Raiders in 2009 he burned the Steelers secondary for 4 catches, 128 yards and two TD's. This past week, Tampa plucked him off the street and he burned the Steelers again for six catches for 99 yards including the decisive 41 yarder.
Is this guy's ticket to the Hall of Fame simply to get himself playing against the Steelers every week?
4. Both Jack Finn and Bryan DeArdo wrote thoughtful pieces on how the Steelers need to learn valuable lessons from this loss and how Mike Tomlin must seize it as a teaching moment.
Do you agree that something can be gained from a devastating defeat like this or is there simply no upside from a loss to an 0-3 team?
5. With four games played, the Steelers are 2-2, but the team's play has been anything but "even." Week 5 takes the Steelers on the road to Jacksonville. What do you expect?
There you go folks, have at it.