What we witnessed from the Pittsburgh Steelers over the first two weeks of the 2023 regular season has been hard to stomach. While the defense has been doing its best to hold down the fort with splash plays, the offense has been arguably the worst in the NFL entering Week 3.
At this rate, the Steelers could be in for a rough season. There are several changes that must occur at this point for the betterment of the team. For others, Pittsburgh simply needs to take their lumps and hope that their players turn it around.
Outside of a handful of players on the roster (namely T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith), most players have performed poorly to begin the year. However, four names in the organization have been in a tier of their own below the rest. Here are four cringe-worthy Steelers who have hurt this team the most in the early going.
4. LT Dan Moore Jr.
I have admitted in the past that Dan Moore isn't a busted draft pick. After all, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the middle of the fourth round back in 2021. But what do they expect? They are getting exactly what they paid for.
Even though he's now in year three, it's unreasonable to expect Dan Moore to be one of the better left tackles in the league. That's far too high of an expectation for any Day 3 pick. Instead, the Steelers should view him as the player many of us already knew he was going to be -- a swing tackle.
Despite trading up to the 14th overall pick for OT Broderick Jones, Mike Tomlin is refusing to turn to the rookie offensive tackle. Instead, he continues to roll out the lowest-graded tackle in the NFL through two weeks.
Though he hasn't technically allowed a sack from Nick Bosa or Myles Garrett, Moore has been bullied at the point of attack early in the season. The quick pressure he has allowed has forced Pickett to bail on the pocket or get rid of the ball quickly. His awful performance early on has been noticeably hurting this team.