The Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-2 and their offense isn’t clicking at all. A once proud franchise that seemingly made the playoffs every season is on the verge of possibly missing the playoffs for two consecutive seasons. At this point, a few coaches, mainly head coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Todd Haley, are on the hot seat.
Even though the offense hasn’t performed to this point, can we at least consider that it’s not all Haley’s fault? Look at what he has to work with: Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and a bunch of other guys no one has heard of. Injuries have absolutely ruined this offense to start the season. Don’t forget, Mike Wallace left for the Miami Dolphins via free agency. Heath Miller hasn’t played yet, rookie running back Le’Veon Bell hasn’t seen a regular season snap and star center Maurkice Pouncey got injured in the first quarter of the first game. The offense hasn’t been great since Haley was hired, but it hasn’t been bad. The Steelers pride themselves on defense anyway, so the offense doesn’t need to score as much as most offenses.
Instead of weapons like Wallace, Miller and Bell, Haley has to find ways to utilize Isaac Redman, Jerricho Cotchery and David Paulson. Not to mention, the Steelers’ offensive line was going to be terrible before Pouncey got hurt, but it’s going to be much worse now. It is a very young offensive line that hasn’t played much together.
We, as fans, have a tendency to rush to conclusions, and those conclusions usually end with blaming the coach or manager. For once, can we please just look at a situation with a little more realistic approach?