The Steelers coordinators have a tough task this week of rebounding from a disappointing divisional loss in Baltimore last weekend.
The coaching staff has taken a lot of heat this week as tensions typically run high during a losing streak. This is not the position Pittsburgh thought they would be in when they jumped out to a 4-1 start.
They’re now 4-4, losers of their last three and let a bad Baltimore team get a game up on them in a division that should be a cake-walk to win. We can look at all of the data and stats in the world to show how in the last few seasons Mike Tomlin has led successful second-half seasons but the way this team has performed is troubling considering the talent on the roster.
So how does Todd Haley turn around an offense that has been outscored 78-48 in their last three games? Haley said this week that the game plan needs to involve guys not named Antonio Brown making the plays.
When asked who he thought should be the next to step up whenever AB is triple-teamed he just said that they all should.
"“I like them all. The injuries have been something that has hurt. I said going into this year one of the keys for us is guys not named AB making plays when given the opportunity. When we have done that we have been very productive offensively. I think it will continue to be a key and we have to continue to push these young guys at all positions. We have to push them now that they are not rookies anymore; we are halfway through the year. If they are second-year guys, they have plenty of experience. They need to step up and consistently do their part.” – Todd Haley"
I know this won’t be the popular thing to say but I’d also be giving Ben Roethlisberger the side eye this week. I saw him come out and be all “Follow me” to his teammates but when re-watching that Baltimore game I’m just like, ‘Really?’
I feel like if the game plan was to be conservative and try to run the ball then fine, they’ve clearly abandoned that plan way too early in previous losses. However, if you’re watching Le’Veon Bell run into a metaphorical brick wall over and over again perhaps you should check out of some of those run plays?
Don’t tell me he doesn’t have the authority to change a call at the line of scrimmage.