3 biggest obstacles on the Steelers 2021-22 schedule
By Austin Lloyd
#1: Kansas City Chiefs
Speaking of star-studded offenses, the Chiefs are about as outstanding on that side of the ball as a team can possibly get. Wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman, tight end Travis Kelce and, of course, all-star quarterback Patrick Mahomes; that alone just lists the bigger playmakers on the passing game.
As horrid luck would have it, one of the weakest departments on the Steelers depth chart is their defensive back unit, especially after cornerback Steven Nelson‘s request for the team to terminate his contract to release him into free agency. Meanwhile, Kansas City’s Hill is referred to as “Cheetah” for a reason.
The Chiefs are coming off of their second Super Bowl appearance in a row and will be able to pinpoint Pittsburgh’s weaknesses on the passing defense with ease, especially when being orchestrated by offensive mastermind Andy Reid. Lastly, to put the icing on the cake, KC will be–you guessed it–at home when meeting with the Steelers. The latter will be outplayed, outcoached, and ultimately out of their element when they travel to Arrowhead Stadium in 2021.
The act of summarizing the largest issues that the Pittsburgh Steelers will have to address for next season is quite trivial: build a resistance for the passing game and play well on the road. Fortunately, a good portion of that can be accomplished in this current offseason, assuming that there is a solidified answer regarding the weak DB platoon established. The rest is solely believing that you are good enough to compete with anyone in the league, a thought that the Steel City has proven many times before.