By now everyone has heard how the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ season ended. The horrible start, the strong finish and all of that effort to have their season ended by a Ryan Succop missed field goal and a few official miscues. To say that Steelers fans were upset is an understatement, but are they targeting their anger at the wrong people?
Let’s be honest; it is easy to blame the kicker or the officials. After all, if things go differently in that San Diego Chargers–Kansas City Chiefs game, then this article would be highlighting the Steelers’ playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Wild Card round of the playoffs rather than the crushing blow to the Steelers and their fan base. The missed calls simply compound the angst that Steelers fans are experiencing, but my decree is for SteelerNation to look at this from a different perspective.
While the game is fresh on everyone’s mind it is difficult to think back to the horrid start that the Steelers had to the 2013 season. Remember the 0-4 start that included losses to the Tennessee Titans, Bengals, Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings? How about hitting the halfway point of the season at an astounding 2-6 record with the last loss of the first half being an absolute whooping by the hands of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots where they put up over 600 yards of offense and 55 points.
Think back to those games and ask yourself if one missed kick or a couple blown calls were the result of the Steelers not playing January football. If you are a logical fan then the answer to that is a resounding no. The Steelers have no one to blame but themselves. Playoff teams don’t start the season in such horrid fashion, and that has nothing to do with the Steelers climbing back into the race later in the season.
The Steelers required a miracle to get into the postseason, and that miracle almost occurred. But if you think back to a number of those losses and the Steelers didn’t completely fold, then the late season miracle would not have even been required because the Steelers would have locked up a playoff seed in a very weak AFC playoff picture.
Simply put, if the Steelers are going to point a finger at anyone, then that finger should be pointed directly at themselves. No one else is to blame for their failures this season and not making the postseason for the second straight year.