After one game, there should be no need for panic, but after what happened to the Steelers, I believe it is time to panic. 16 NFL teams are currently 0-1, but the Steelers are much more than that. It doesn’t look like anything has changed from last season, and the offense looks even worse. And on top of that, Pittsburgh is now down two starters.
Maurkice Pouncey, the Steelers best offensive lineman, will not see another down of football in 2013. The loss of Pouncey will be quite evident starting this Monday night against the Bengals. The offensive line is a complete mess, and it needs to get better quickly.
Larry Foote going down isn’t that huge of a loss. Foote wasn’t that great last season, and didn’t play very well in the season opener.
The play-calling and coaching seems to be getting worse and worse. Before Isaac Redman fumbled on the bad exchange from Ben Roethlisberger, the entire team looked confused. Big Ben even wanted to take a timeout, but that thought never crossed Mike Tomlin’s head apparently.
Then, late in the game with the Steelers down by two scores, Tomlin decides to call a timeout with 2:02 left in the game. Yes, I understand that the Steelers likely had no chance of winning the game, but that was a horrible call on Tomlin’s part. Two seconds before the two minute warning, you want to call a timeout? That doesn’t make any sense.
You also have to question as to why the Steelers didn’t feed Felix Jones the ball at all.
This team doesn’t look any different. They might even be worse than the 2012 squad. There’s teams that go 0-1, and then there’s what the Steelers displayed against the Titans. I expect an even bigger train-wreck against Cincinnati.
Things need to change, now. Otherwise, Ben Roethlisberger will have to play perfectly in every single game, in order for the Steelers to compete in 2013.