The Pittsburgh Steelers have managed to keep the candle of hope lit for most of their fans by winning three of their last five games — this is after a painful 0-4 start to the season. Although, on its face, the recent winning record seems positive, most of the fans believe it’s just a tease and that major disappointment is right around the corner.
How did the Steelers get to this point?
Their once proud defense is no longer a serious threat to other teams. In week 9, the New England Patriots dismantled the defense. Tom Brady enjoyed and capitalized on the non-existent pass rush, horrendous tackling and wide open wide receivers. The defense looked like they were afraid to tackle (even the linebackers), maybe because they had been reading too many stories on concussions and the potential long-term effects. If that is the case, I don’t blame them — although, if it is, it’s time to hang up the cleats and quit cashing the very large paycheck.
The Steelers’ offensive line is mediocre, at best. This has been a problem for years and management should have better used the draft to solve this over a reasonable period of time. To be fair, they did lose Maurkice Pouncey to a torn ACL in the first game of the season and he will miss the balance of the year. He was a Pro Bowl center and the leader on the offensive line. That said, he is one of six or seven on an offensive line that has continued to struggle this year and give little relief to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger or the anemic running attack.
Roethlisberger is a quarterback that receives premium pay for average service. He is big and strong and can throw to all the different pass patterns but has a serious tendency to take too much time in the pocket to make a decision. The up-and-coming
A Steelers’ fan is accustomed to winning. The sad part about the body of work this year is not that this could be one of their worst records in some time but that next year’s team doesn’t look like it is going to be that much better. A string of mediocre years won’t sit well with this fan base.quarterbacks run through their reads much quicker and are looking to get the football out of their hands in 3 seconds (possibly up to 5 seconds) if it is play action. Big Ben uses all that time and more, putting significant pressure on the mediocre offensive line and greatly increasing the likelihood of getting sacked.
from Douglas MacFaddin’s Sports Page http://douglasmacfaddin.net/stringing-the-fan-along/