Winning is a vital part of developing a culture in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers are well aware of that. Since 1933, the Pittsburgh Steelers have worked to establish a respected reputation. Their six Super Bowls are noteworthy and considered when franchises circle them on the calendar.
Changes within the organization have put winning traditions at a halt. An embarrassing 30-6 loss to Houston Texans was alarming and, should be a red flag to fans. Here are some takeaways we can capture from Sunday's loss.
5. Najee Harris is not the problem on offense
Establishing a presence on the ground is crucial for the Steelers. It's important when molding a young quarterback. Relying on Najee Harris wasn't enough to jumpstart the offense at the start of the new campaign. Before Week 4, Matt Canada's offense struggled to open rushing lanes.
They ranked 26th in run grading (63.8). Harris continued to fight for wiggle room but failed to find the endzone. It forced the offense to become one-dimensional - putting more pressure on Kenny Pickett to create magic.
A new focus against the Texans helped Matt Canada's unit move the football. Harris finished the game with his season-high in rushing yards (71) and averaged 5.1 yards per carry. It was impressive, considering the struggles Pittsburgh's offensive line faced.
Harris was determined to pick up positive yardage on each attempt. He did not reach the endzone, but his effort was one of the few bright moments during a bleak afternoon.