It’s the first of October and the Steelers are winless while the Pirates are hosting a playoff game. Is this real life? It is now. There’s a whole lot of anger in Steeler Nation these days. I intend to keep it positive as much as I can. Here’s what’s being said about your Pittsburgh Steelers around the block.
Steelers loss spoiled otherwise good debut from Bell
Mike Prisuta of the Steelers website gives us a nugget of positivity when pointing out how well the Steelers No. 2 draft pick did in his NFL debut on Sunday. Le’Veon Bell took his first official NFL snaps against the Vikings and also scored his first NFL touchdown. He followed that with another. Bell led the team in rushing yards with 57 (the Steelers rushed for 77 total yards as a team) and had 27 yards receiving long with the Steelers only two rushing touchdowns for this season. Although he was happy with his output from a conditioning standpoint considering all the time he has missed, Bell doesn’t take any pleasure in scoring those two touchdowns in a loss.
“The two touchdowns don’t mean anything to me because we lost. I needed three.” – Le’Veon Bell
Steelers Week 4 Report Card
Gerry Dulac of the PPG gave out the grades to the various units following the 34-27 loss to Minnesota. For the quarterback, Dulac graded Ben with a C. He managed to outgain Cassel and the Vikings offense but still ended up turning the ball over at the moment that sealed the fate of the loss. While he was constantly harassed thanks to poor offensive line play, Ben’s mistakes are still inexcusable. While the rushing game scored a B from Dulac, the line failed thanks to the craptacular performance of Mike Adams at left tackle for the day. Adams treated Vikings DE Jared Allen as if he was covered in spiders and was afraid to touch him. Definite F for the O-line. Dulac also gave the coaching an F for the day citing the fact that the defense still hasn’t gotten any takeaways and the offense keeps having their mistakes turned into scoring chances for the opposition. There’s no denying that there’s a big problem with this team both on the field and on the sidelines. The overall grade was obviously an F. Football is the ultimate “team sport” if one unit fails; the whole team fails. Crap, there’s no positive from this. Um…Antonio Brown had another career game with twelve receptions. That’s a positive. I’ll take it.
Foster has a minor pectoral sprain
Finally some positive news. According to Mark Kaboly of the Trib the Steelers learned from Ramon Foster’s Monday MRI that he suffered a minor sprain of the right pectoral muscle as opposed to a tear which is most commonly feared when dealing with the pectoral muscle. Apparently Foster suffered the injury originally the previous week against Chicago and it was reaggravated Sunday against Minnesota. With the bye week up next it’s a good thing that Foster has some recovery time headed his way. That’s a good high note to end on.