It doesn’t get a whole lot more humbling in life than being a storied franchise filled with rich tradition of toughness, grit and hard-nosed football and losing to, well, the Tennessee Titans. But, there is a first time for everything and the Pittsburgh Steelers made that happen Sunday.
In a game physically dominated by Tennessee, the Steelers were flat out embarrassed in all aspects.
To make matters worse, their Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey will likely miss the entire season after tearing ligaments in his knee. Starting linebacker Larry Foote will also miss the year after rupturing his right biceps. Pittsburgh cannot afford to lose crucial guys like this, especially when the offseason went the way it did — Pittsburgh failed to add more talent than they lost.
When the Steelers opted to release running back Jonathan Dwyer, thus putting their faith in Isaac Redman until Le’Veon Bell is healthy, I wrote that he was absolutely one of the top surprises from the NFL’s cut deadline. Dwyer was more than formidable as a fill-in during his time in Pittsburgh, but the Steelers went with their gut on Redman.
Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, Redman fumbled twice on Sunday and ran for nine yards on eight carries. Oh, he also mixed in an eight yard run.
Yes, you did the math right. Redman ran for a net of one yard on the other seven carries.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was sacked five times by a defense that seemed much more hungry than Pittsburgh and the Steelers amassed 195 yards of offense — a pathetic 32 of them came on the ground.
Something is seriously wrong in Pittsburgh, and it has to get corrected. I’m not even a fan, but come on, I am ashamed nonetheless. The Steelers looked downright disgusting on Sunday, and from the looks of it, I don’t see it changing anytime soon.