1. This team isn't ready to compete
When we sit back and face reality, the biggest punch in the gut is knowing that this team is simply not ready to compete in the postseason. The last two times the Steelers made the trip to the playoffs, they were completely embarrassed and hardly even put up a fight. This time around, how can we expect things to be any different?
We know that Pittsburgh has one of the worst offensive coordinators in the league, and they just aren't capable of putting up even 20-point games routinely. How insane would the defense have to play to even give them a chance to get past the Wild Card round of the playoffs at this rate?
Quite frankly, this team just doesn't have enough speed, play-making ability, or overall talent to go toe-to-toe with the best in the NFL this year. Do we really trust the backward and outdated philosophy of this coaching staff to be enough?
There's no question that trading for a high-profile player or two would help, but this team has shown that they are still not close to being true competitors with an average defense and a terrible offense. Omar Khan should be looking to sell at the NFL trade deadline in an effort to open up the Super Bowl window in 2024 and beyond.