I thought the Steelers would bounce back this year. After all, they are the Steelers. Since 1970, the Pittsburgh organization has only had eight losing seasons. Yes, only eight.
Everybody’s reasoning for the Steelers to have a bounce back year was, well, because they are Steelers. Yes, they are the Steelers, but they also are not good. In the Steelers’ first three games, I’ve seen everything that went wrong with the 2012 season happen again. The only difference this year is that their passing game is worse and so is their defense.
The Steelers turned the football over five times against Chicago. Five times. Four of those turnovers came from Ben Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh has yet to create a turnover on defense this year, as well. This team is basically the same team from 2012, but they’re a downgrade.
Nonetheless, a big reason as to why they don’t have one win this season, has to do with one player nobody is blaming right now: Ben Roethlisberger. With Big Ben, the Steelers can compete. The problem is Big Ben has been pretty awful through these three weeks.
At times this season, it seems as though Roethlisberger forgot how to throw a football. He’s never been the same since his injury against the Chiefs last season. Ben has thrown at least one pick in his last seven games. That is an insane amount, and that is not elite-like.
I guess I’ll be the one to say it: Ben Roethlisberger is not the same.
Roethlisberger was or perhaps still is the reason why the Steelers can compete. But it’s hard for me to think that he can just simply turn things around. Roethlisberger has thrown four interceptions in this three week old season. He’s thrown some wildly inaccurate passes, and he’s even looked horrible under pressure. Ben was one of the best quarterbacks in the league at handling pressure, but not this season. Look at Ben’s first pick against the Bears; he felt a very small amount of pressure, so he panicked and threw a pick.
There are so many things wrong with this Steelers team, and their quarterback was supposed to be one of their only bright spots, but that is not the case. The Steelers could be in for an interesting off-season.