When the Pittsburgh Steelers started off the season by going 0-4, safety Ryan Clark guaranteed that the Steelers would make the playoffs. The Steelers then went ahead and won two straight games, bringing their record to 2-4. For a slight moment maybe we all thought Clark was on to something.
Something else the Steelers have been saying since the shaky start are that changes are coming or changes will be made or those who aren’t putting forth the effort won’t play. You know, all the stuff you have to say when you’re 2-6. Are things going to change though? Is this pitiful team fixable?
Obviously the best the Steelers could do at this point is go on a miraculous eight game winning streak, finish the year 10-6 and that record would probably land them in the playoffs. So mathematically they aren’t eliminated from playoff contention but let’s be honest, do you see this team stringing together eight consecutive wins? I don’t. At best this team finishes 8-8 on the year, worst case 6-10.
There’s just way too many issues at hand for this team to be fixable this year. Between a struggling offensive and an aging defense, this season doesn’t seem salvageable.
The offense continues to be incredibly inconsistent. Every game just seems the same. The Steelers will start the game slow and dig themselves a hole early. Then somewhere during the third quarter they wake up and start to play football giving us all false hope they’re going to comeback and win this thing. Then it ends the same, the spark goes out and weather it’s the Oakland Raiders or the New England Patriots they put the game away sending the black and gold home with yet another loss.
Some questions the effort. Ben Roethlisberger appears to have the effort.
“They would have had to drag me off (the field),” Roethlisberger said.
Drag him off the field is what they might have to do if his offensive line doesn’t see improvement. The big men up front are always a concern but this year the injury bug has come yet again and Big Ben is of course running for his life. Good news is, David DeCastro has been practicing in full and it looks as if he’ll return from his ankle injury when the Steelers host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. DeCastro solves very little but having one of the few quality guys blocking for Roethlisberger is always a plus.
The “Steel Curtain” has been anything but steel. It’s more like the paper curtain as Tom Brady and Stevan Ridley ripped right through them last week. The Steelers’ defense surrendered 610 yards and 55 points.
Next week the Bills bring in a pretty decent rushing attack. Last week, Bills’ running back C.J. Spiller rushed for 116 yards on a very good Kansas City Chiefs’ defense. That was agianst the Chiefs’ defense; what’s Spiller going to do to a Steelers’ defense that allowed Stevan Ridley to rush for 116 yards and two touchdowns. The Steelers better watch out for Spiller; if they can’t contain him he’ll run wild on them all game long.
The Steelers at this point in the season are probably going to be playing for pride rather than a playoff spot. The best they can do is win as many as they can and get out of this season. This team isn’t fixable this year but for next season they can be fixed and will be fixed.
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