It was not too long ago the Pittsburgh Steelers were in contention each year to win the Super Bowl. After Bill Cower‘s retirement in 2006, the team had some skeptics, but Mike Tomlin came in from Minnesota and was able to keep the team a contender and even led them to a Super Bowl championship.
Since then, however, the team as a whole has been going in the wrong direction as they have let prominent players leave. This has left them with a rebuilding defense and a mediocre offense with a quarterback who could possibly be past his prime. The Steelers lost to the Chicago Bears in the Sunday night game this past week, and while the game ended with the Steelers losing by just 17, they really were out of contention to win for most of the game and only had hope during a few minutes in the third quarter.
The Bears came out throwing the ball and got out to a quick 17-0 lead after the first quarter and it appeared as if the Steelers would struggle to make it a game. They did however get their offense somewhat going in the second half as Ben Roethlisberger compiled the majority of his 406 passing yards and one of his two total touchdowns after halftime.
The run game is still stagnant for the Steelers as Jonathan Dwyer had one nice 25-yard run but was otherwise worthless, Felix Jones even got seven scattered carries on the night and was able to have a semi-productive productive night with 34 rushing yards. Roesthlisberger will be relied on to carry this team until second round pick Le’Veon Bell returns from his leg injury, which could still be a couple of weeks.
With the offense in dire need of a new playmaker, the Steelers will be unable to lean on their defense like they used to as Jay Cutler and the Bears’ offense was able to do almost whatever they pleased Sunday night. While Cutler only totaled 159 passing yards and one touchdown on the night, the Bears’ offense was in good field position throughout the night meaning Cutler and company weren’t asked to cover too much ground. Matt Forte made running the ball look easy as well as he totaled 87 yards on 16 carries and ran through numerous defenders.
The Steelers stand at 0-3 on the year. Considering they are a team, which is saddled with high expectations year after year, Tomlin could find himself on the coaching hot seat. Tomlin has had great success during his six years as head coach of the Steelers, and although they are a franchise which doesn’t like coaching turnover, they are a team on the decline and something must change in-order for things to improve.