4 major changes the Steelers must make before Week 2

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It was a poor showing by the Steelers in their season opener. The defense was gashed open and the offense looked like a shell of itself. All of this came after a promising preseason performance that seemed to indicate that the Steelers may be set up for some surprise success.

With the team now coming into week two a humbled unit, I wanted to find some potential solutions this team can make from this week into next. No, the Steelers aren’t going to add a handful of new names, as it is early for that, to say the least. Here are four improvements that need to be made heading into week 2.

1. Steelers need to get the defensive line sorted out

Injuries are an unexpected and unfortunate aspect of any NFL team. Stars go down and your depth gets tested. That said, the Steelers highlighted their depth along the defensive line in the preseason, but that didn’t appear to be the case in week one.

Cameron Heyward and DeMarvin Leal missed most of the game with injuries, and the depth behind them proved to be inefficient. The team saw Christian McCaffrey gash them, and while the edge rushers got pressure, the interior failed to get much of a push.

It was frustrating that despite these injuries, the Steelers limited Keeanu Benton’s work. One of his highlights in the preseason was his run defense and push, so it was curious why he saw fewer snaps than Montravious Adams.

Arguably the most frustrating player was Larry Ogunjobi. Signed to a sizable deal in the offseason, he once again failed to make a big impact. The team needed him to step up, but he once again couldn’t. This group needs to get healthy, but it also needs to sort out its strengths and focus on them.