Be the Offense on the Field That They Are on Paper
The Steelers have been rebuilding their defense for years and it appears to have quietly climbed back to quality this year. 4 weeks in and the Steelers have the 2nd best defense in the league, giving up a measly 267 yards of offense per game. They’re 4th in the league in takeaways, 2nd in forced fumbles, and 2nd in sacks. But the offense that we all took for granted isn’t playing up to its obvious potential.
The near perfect super offense we all expected to score 30 points per game is currently ranked 15th in passing offense, 21st in rushing offense, and 20th overall. They’re averaging 22.5 points er game. With the talent they have there is just no excuse. Roethlisberger has not thrown more the 264 yards in any game this season. Bell had a slow start. You couldn’t be blamed for thinking Brown is the only receiver. Even the offensive line has been sloppy at points.
Brown is performing well, no doubt. Bell appears to be back. Smith-Schuster and Bryant have shown flashes. Those elements need to stay at the high level we’ve seen at points. Ben needs to spread the ball around a little more, play calls need to be smarter. The offensive line needs to play like we know they can. It just needs to click. It’s not about talent, so it has to be discipline, focus, or desire. Even simply choking. Whatever it is. Fix it and win.