4 major changes the Steelers must make before Week 2

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4. Steelers need to establish their identity

This was easily the biggest frustration from week one of the season. The entire offseason was built around the run game. New maulers on the line and a focus on blockers in the passing game made it seem like this offense would move through the run. I fully expected a heaping load of Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren in this game.

While the defense was quick to let up a score, the Steelers were equally quick to abandon their plans. Suddenly, Pickett was the focus, and his play was mediocre at best. Pickett was constantly stalling out in the passing game, and the offense forced the defense back on the field far too often.

This led to a further deficit, which then forced the team to have to rely on the passing game. It was pathetic to see this team so quickly shift its focus from what they had built around to how they played last season. It wasn’t effective either, as evident by the big loss in week one.

Going down early isn’t ideal, but suddenly dropping your game plan in favor of one that you did last year was nonsense. The Steelers need to reestablish what they wanted to do and focus on the run game. If not, expect similar results every game this season.

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The Steelers first week went about as poorly as it could have gone. The offense and defense both looked miserable and the team was blown out. There are some changes that need to be made soon in order for Pittsburgh to get back on track.