The Steelers were not good and they were also the absence of good on Thursday night against the Eagles.
With their fire power still on the sidelines the Steelers went into their second preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles to mainly settle some questions with certain position battles. Unfortunately, they left the game with more questions.
Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams and Antonio Brown were all on the sideline and should probably remain there for the entirety of the preseason. Especially given what we saw against Philadelphia.
This was one of those games that reminds you why preseason football is just plain unwatchable. Steelers backup quarterback Landry Jones threw four interceptions, one for a pick-six, but the Steelers were only down 10-0 at halftime.
With Bruce Gradkowski sidelined doing his best Byron Leftwich impersonation Landry Jones has this time to reassure the coaching staff that they didn’t completely waste a draft pick when they picked him up in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Ben Roethlisberger is just going to have to stay healthy. There’s no way around it. Also, he’s going to have to stay on the sidelines this preseason. None of this playing the first half of the third game nonsense. Keep him in a case until they leave for D.C.
On a positive side the defensive starters redeemed themselves early after a disappointing first game. Also Tomlin won some challenges. Those are always good.
While watching the game I realized what might improve preseason games a little more. If they didn’t stop the clock as much the games would be over quicker and the coaches can still evaluate players they need to in order to make roster cuts. Everybody wins.
I guess you need penalties and challenges and whatnot because they’re learning opportunities too but it does feel like you’re being punished somehow when watching a game this ugly and there is an officials review on a turnover with just over two minutes left.
The Steelers walk away with no major injuries and no points in a 17-0 loss to the Eagles. That wraps up their home preseason schedule and will travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints next Friday.
They’ll meet the Eagles again in Week 3 of the regular season.
Here we go Steelers! Here we go!