I’m a little speechless after the Steelers latest loss to a bad team. I was angry at several times during the game on Sunday, but I’m not even sure who my anger is directed at.
I think if you want to blame the players, Mike Tomlin, or any of the other coaches you wouldn’t really be wrong to do so.
I wrote earlier this week that it was Mike Tomlin’s responsibility to keep this train rolling, and I still that is true. You can’t let him off the hook when he’s now 1-8 on the road against sub .200 teams.
However, we all know that this team has to really ride their offense in order to win… Which shouldn’t have been a problem yesterday considering the Jets struggles in the secondary.
This team has 3 superstars, and they’re Ben Roethlisberger, LeVeon Bell, and Antonio Brown. All three had terrible games against the Jets… and the rest of this roster just isn’t talented enough to overcome that on most Sundays.
Bell get’s a bit of a pass because the Jets have a really good defensive line, and most of us probably knew going in that he’d have a rough day running the ball.
The turnovers by Ben and Brown are inexcusable though, and they put them in a hole they couldn’t dig out of.
That being said, even when this team was down 17-3 at the half, they definitely could have come back and the offensive play-calling was really frustrating.
I’ve been one of the few Todd Haley supporters and I was screaming at my tv on Sunday, directing most of my hate towards the offensive coordinator.
Going into a game against the worst pass defense in the league, with a red hot quarterback, stop being cute and throw the ball down the field.
The Steelers did nothing but hand off and throw screen passes in the first half.
Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton were being covered most of the afternoon by an undrafted free agent starting his 2nd NFL game. Why in the world would you not exploit that?
Once the Steelers were in panic mode in the second half they went to Bryant to finished with 143 yards and a score on 4 catches. That was there all game if they wanted it.
With everything that went wrong yesterday it really just felt like it wasn’t their day…
Suisham shanks the shortest missed field goal in the NFL this season.
Heyward-Bey is off-sides after a PERFECT onside kick from Suisham.
The Steelers lose two really questionable challenges on Antonio Brown’s fumble, and Vick’s fumble along the sideline.
And despite all of that happening, they were still in a game that they lost the turnover battle by 4. We’ve seen this offense put up points quickly, and if Haley lets it rip, I think we’ve at least got a chance at coming back.