After Loss To Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers Should Now Look Towards Future

By Zach Morrison
Ben Roethlisberger
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Through the first four weeks of the NFL season, the Pittsburgh Steelers found themselves at 0-4. At that point, fans had pretty much given up hope and had started to get on board the “top five draft pick” bandwagon. Then something highly unlikely happened; The Steelers went on a two-game winning streak against the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens. At 2-4, fans decided the season may not be over after all, so folks got back on the “try to win this season” bandwagon. Well, that silly thought should be put to rest now. The Steelers’ loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday has them at 2-5 and they should be looking to move some veterans to acquire some draft picks.

After the two-game winning streak, even I decided to root for an improbable playoff run led by veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. That thought lasted one week. Seeing the Steelers play pitiful football in the first half of the game at Oakland on Sunday made me realize one thing — this Steelers’ team just isn’t that good; it’s as average as it gets.

A defense that used to scare teams with toughness and a remarkable ability to force turnovers hasn’t done much of that this season. Some are quick to question if defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau’s scheme is too old school and maybe NFL offenses have figured out how to beat it. Not me — I know what the problem is. The defense simply lacks playmakers. Everyone wants to blame offensive coordinator Todd Haley for the Steelers’ inability to score touchdowns. Not me. I blame the front office.

The Steelers have been very unsuccessful in the draft since head coach Mike Tomlin has come aboard, and that is the reason the Steelers are a lousy team. It’s time for the Steelers to admit that they are not good, and they need to do that by trading away some pieces that still have value.

Troy Polamalu, Roethlisberger, Emmanuel Sanders and anyone else with value should be put on the trading block. The Steelers don’t really have to trade anyone if they don’t feel a good offer is on the table, but if a team calls and offers a first-round pick for an aging Polamalu, they would be foolish not to take it. To even consider trading Roethlisberger, a team would have to start any offer with at least two first round draft picks and sprinkle in some more picks with them. Sanders is going to be a free agent after the season and the Steelers never have money to sign free agents, so they should just trade him and get a pick for him.

If the Steelers aren’t going to win this season or probably even next season, they should just completely rebuild. Being a mediocre football team is not good for anyone, they should just tank for a season or two and stock up talent on their roster.


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