The Pittsburgh Steelers are undoubtedly a rebuilding squad.
During the Steelers’ 35-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8, Philadelphia really pulled its starters early within the fourth quarter. While holding a a 22-level lead, the Eagles determined to tug their starters and inserted backup quarterback Gardner Minshew in for Jalen Hurts. It was the final word signal that Philadelphia didn’t really feel like Pittsburgh was of any menace, regardless of almost a full quarter left to play.
Charlie Batch, who served because the Steelers’ backup quarterback for 11 seasons from 2002 till 2012, took to Twitter to deal with the Eagles’ “disrespect” of Pittsburgh.
“Total disrespect,” stated Batch on Sunday, October 30. “Philly has pulled all of their starters with 9 minutes left in the game. Times have definitely changed around here.”
Steelers Struggling on Both Sides of Ball
The Steelers are at present 2-6 and have little shot at making it to the postseason. Under head coach Mike Tomlin — who took over in 2007 — Pittsburgh has by no means had a dropping document. In truth, the Steelers haven’t suffered a dropping document for the reason that 2003 season when Ben Roethlisberger was the quarterback.
However, this season is clearly totally different. In their first season with out Roethlisberger and with Kenny Pickett because the beginning quarterback, Pittsburgh is struggling. The offensive unit is useless final with 15.0 factors per sport. Meanwhile, the defensive unit is struggling within the absence of outdoor linebacker T.J. Watt, rating twenty fourth within the league by permitting 24.6 factors per sport.
The Steelers had been clearly outmatched by an undefeated Eagles squad throughout their loss. Not solely did Philadelphia outgain Pittsburgh 401-to-300 in complete yardage, additionally they went 7-for-12 on third downs whereas the Steelers went a dreadful 1-for-12 on third down conversions.
Considering all of Pittsburgh’s important weapons on offense — aside from the 26-12 months-outdated Diontae Johnson — is 24 years of age or youthful, it’s onerous to examine the Steelers being aggressive towards the higher groups of the league.
Following the crew’s loss to Philadelphia — their sixth loss of their previous seven video games — Tomlin stresses that the crew remains to be attempting to enhance.
“Hey, we’re 2-6, guys,” stated Tomlin. “I’m not going to answer that question every week. I’m open to doing whatever is required for us to get better, and that’s just how it is, man. We’re seriously committed to winning and being better and that’s just a component of it.”
Despite exhibiting little signal of enchancment since their season-opening win, the Steelers haven’t made any notable personnel modifications. If that continues to be the case, Pittsburgh can count on the identical outcomes transferring ahead.
Roethlisberger Suggests Steelers Throw More Deep Passes
Roethlisberger believes a technique the Steelers ought to change how they do issues is by throwing extra deep passes.
Pittsburgh ranks useless final within the league in yards per try (6.0). The two-time Super Bowl champion means that they air it out extra.
“You have nothing to lose,” stated Roethlisberger on his podcast. “I’m actually saying I’m throwing the ball deep on first, second and third down. I’m not throwing the 5-yard go. I’m not throwing the three-yard go. Right now, and it doesn’t should be a deep seven-step drop — like I do know you are worried about safety — you possibly can catch it and throw a ball 10-to-12 yards downfield they usually can do extra with it.