The Steelers defense was atrocious
Again, in keeping with the theme of the day, as it were, the defense was atrocious. Granted, as was the case with the offense, the defense was dealt another blow with an in-game injury to yet another inside linebacker, as if we needed to deal with another injury to a defensive player.
Tomlin said in his post-game press conference that when Elandon Roberts went down with an injury, the communication suffered. My question is why would that be the case? Why would that happen? To me, the answer is simple. Our depth may be the worst in the league.
That comment is not meant to be a disparagement of any of our backups, but the reality is our backups are backups for a reason. If the communication took a 'hit' when Roberts went out, that's inexcusable and that falls squarely on the shoulders of Tomlin and the coaches on the defensive side of the ball.
To illustrate how porous the defense was against the Cardinals, we allowed ten of seventeen third-down conversions. That translates into a conversion rate of a 'hair' under fifty-nine percent. That's awful. We also gave up one hundred and fifty yards on the ground. Not good, not good at all.
Let's see what else we learned.