3 things we learned from Steelers loss against the Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7).
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7). /
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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin /

The Steelers just did not appear to be ready to play against the Bengals

Look, I do not profess to know the inner workings of the Steelers coaching staff meetings, position meetings, and/or meetings between Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert, for example, but I would think that Tomlin cannot be satisfied with what he is witnessing right now, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

Against the Bengals, it seemed like we were simply not ready to play.  Was it the scheme, was it the game plan, was it a result of bad calls on both sides of the ball or was it something else?  I would answer those questions with this statement:  It is incumbent on the Head Coach to assure that the players are ready to play and the coaches are ready to coach.

I don’t think either of those requirements was met, thus we are now in a position where we have one win and two losses with both losses being conference losses.  That may loom large down the stretch for playoff positioning, but the reality is this:  With the way the Steelers are playing right now, do we really believe that the playoffs are on our horizon?

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I believe that Tomlin will have some tough choices to make in the next few weeks in terms of possibly making changes to the coaching staff and to the roster because as we sit here right now, we are not a good team and that is unfortunate.