Yesterday the Pittsburgh have fell to 1-3 for the first time since 2019 season, which ended up being an 8-8 season and missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season since 2017.
With that being said, it is no secret that they’re on the board of history repeating due to them being below .500 right now, along with last place in the AFC North division. Now would that last? That remains to be seen as the season goes on.
What went right?
The Steelers was getting things going offesnively until offensive coordinator Matt Canada deviated from what was working, which was no huddle hurry up offense, which was opening room for the running game to get going. The Steelers was up 7-0 then and the mistake was getting away from that due to comfortability of QB Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense early in the game. The offense should really stick to the offense being a no huddle, play action offense with a mixture of short passes here and there, but play action no huddle should be their go to from here on and out if they want to win.
As for the defense, with the return of OLB TJ Watt and LB Alex Highsmith, they were creating pressure, which is a good thing heading to both week 5 and 6 before their bye week. With that being said, as long as their defensive line can stay healthy for the remainder of the season, they’ll be fine in that section.
What went wrong?
Even though their offense kick off the game with a spark due to a Ben Roethlisberger touchdown to WR Diontae Johnson for 57 yards, it went downhill when the Steelers went away from what works well for the entire offense, with that being said, Matt Canada has to take some blame for their offense collapsing due to going back to constant short passes which is causing the offense yardage. If anything, they should’ve ran the ball instead more than they short passed the ball due to running back Najee Harris averaging at least 2yds per carry he had yesterday, the Steelers was in situations where they only need a yard to keep the drive going.
Along with that, the Steelers still have failed to see WR JuJu Smith Schuster blossom to be their number one receiver with over three years in the system. Yesterday, even though Roethlisberger’s throw was a little off, but they ball was still in Schuster’s reach along with him having at least one to two feet away from the DB to go make that catch. Not all passed from Roethlisberger are going to be perfect, especially behind that o-line, but you must make those catches when they’re only finger tips away from your hands.
The secondary giving up 200+ yards for the thirs consecutive week didn’t pay any favors either, with that being said, they must clean that up if they want to contend for anything else for the remainder of the season. They must become more aggressive within tackling and coverage, they’re playing too loose back there and it is costing them big time.
With all of this being said, the Steelers are coming together as they season going and Roethlisberger did war fans that the season will be a little rocky as the season begins and will soon get better as it comes along. U expect this team to finish this part of the season strong and if they can stay healthy and improve their communication, expect them to finish these two weeks off with back to back to wins at home before heading off to their bye week. Look out fans, the Steelers are coming together and if they’re going to kick up offensively, now will be the perfect time.
It is officially do or die, and something is telling this team won’t die.