Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers

This could have been the last time… Photo credit to Ed Thompson

Here is my take on what was a very disappointing Pittsburgh Steelers season, one that saw an unlikely rise to 11-0 and a fall that was as quick and devastating as possible.
  • This team seemed unmotivated. They had no emotion, didn’t seem to get fired up. They didn’t seem to get very upset when they were down 7, 14, 21 and 28-0, they didn’t play with fire, they didn’t show they cared. Now maybe that can be a good thing at times, but seeing a player angry every now and again at least shows they care as much as Steeler Nation.
  • Mike Tomlin is primarily to blame. I have never ever thought that the Steelers should get rid of, or fire, Mike Tomlin. I appreciate the fact that much of the Pittsburgh Steelers success has come because we don’t flippantly change coaches and there is consistency. But this team was unprepared and unmotivated and that starts at the top.
  • Ben Roethlisberger needs to figure out if he wants to put the work in. He has never been the type of quarterback that loves watching film, loves breaking down plays, loves the workouts. He is going to need to take all of those things to a new personal level if he wants to continue to compete at this level and for the Pittsburgh Steelers. If not, and that is fine, then he needs to hang it up. But offseason workouts and preparation needs to be taken to a new level if he wants to play in 2021.
  • There are many who believe that Ben is far more hurt than what is thought, that he may need knee surgery and he has been playing with a very significant injury. That my also determine if Ben decides for forgo his $40M salary in 2021 and hang it up.
  • Randy Finchner’s Pittsburgh Steelers offense is terrible. It’s like the poor man’s Patriots/Brady offense. Only major difference is the Pats offense is designed to create mismatches and get guys into open spaces. Finchner’s disaster of an offense is designed to get guys the ball as quickly as possible and hope they can make plays from there. It is bad, it is predictable and he needs to go.

  • Finchner’s offense does not fit Ben Roethlisberger well either. Ben has always been a solid down the field passer. Having this dink and dunk and then all of sudden when we are down 28-0 start heaving the ball downfield is not going to lead to success.
  • Ben’s interceptions weren’t good, but they were also pretty unlucky as well. It is not very often when every pass that is a little off get tipped and goes right into the hands of a defender. That happened quite a few times yesterday. That said, the dink and dunk has led to Ben lead the league in batted down passes.
  • Please tell me… with our great Pittsburgh Steelers pass rush, the Browns adjusted by getting rid of the ball very quickly. If our secondary only has to guard players for 3-4 seconds, why are guys WIDE OPEN? We should have pressed them and played our safeties back. Am I crazy (that’s rhetorical)?
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  • Mike Tomlin got outcoached by either: 1. A guy who wasn’t even there or 2. A guy that has never Head Coached before. Let that sink in.
  • Does anyone think the Browns can compete with the Chiefs next week? Not the oddsmakers, as the early line has the Chiefs favored by 9 1/2 and -480
  • I have never been a big fan of James Conner being our #1 back, but he is growing on me. If he wasn’t so injury prone, I’d be all for it but he can’t seem to stay healthy. He is unquestionably our most talented back.
  • I don’t think there’s any way possible that this would/could happen, but I would be 100% FOR the Pittsburgh Steelers getting Deshaun Watson. I think he’s the only chance at this given moment for the Steelers to have stability at the QB position for years to come. That said, there’s almost zero chance of that happening and I think we would need to pay too much in the form of a trade to make that happen.
  • I think it is going to be a long time before the Pittsburgh Steelers are in a position to make the playoffs again. Unless a new OC comes in and lights it up, we could be in for a nice transitional period I am afraid.
  • It pains me to say this… when we hired Mike Tomlin, he was a young coach with unlimited potential. I thought he would get better over time. I do not feel that he has gotten much better, if at all. He is a good coach, don’t get me wrong, but he is far from great and I don’t see him becoming a great coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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