3 pitfalls Steelers must avoid for the 2020 season to be successful
The Steelers must avoid not being willing to implement change on both sides of the ball
So, I know what you’re probably thinking. Had ‘Big Ben’ Roethlisberger, our franchise QB, had not gotten injured last season, everything on the offensive side of the ball would have been fine, right? I don’t think there’s any doubt the offense would have better than it was in 2019, but that does not mean that we should assume that it would have been better and, thus, not implement ‘tweaks’ this season.
Realistically, the Steelers have no idea how ‘Big Ben’ will play this season. For our sake, I hope he’s back to form and leads us to another Super Bowl victory, but, obviously, that remains to be seen if that will transpire. Personally, the ‘tweak’ I would make on offense is this: re-establish the running game despite the fact that the NFL of today is primarily a passing league.
When I saw re-establish the running game, what I mean is getting back to the ‘ground and pound’ mentality. I don’t have to tell you that an effective running game generally opens up the passing game. Once you get to the point where the defense is guessing what play is going to be called, that, to me, signals that a victory is ‘in the cards’.
An effective running game will also afford ‘Big Ben the opportunity to rest his arm. I don’t think I have to say this, but I will: the less ‘Big Ben’ has to throw the ball, the better off the Steelers will be. Our franchise QB must be preserved as much as possible if we are to have any chance of reaching the ‘big game’ in 2020.
Let’s take a look at the defensive side of the ball.