The Pittsburgh Steelers? Playoffs? You Kidding Me, Chris Wesseling?

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

 

It might be too late to salvage Gregg Rosenthal’s MVP prediction [for Ben Roethlisberger], but a playoff spot isn’t out of the question.

-Chris Wesseling NFL.com (on the Pittsburgh Steelers)

 

“Wow.”  Just wow.  That’s really all I could say after I read Chris Wesseling’s attempt to polish the turd known as the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers.

Of course, after I read the article, I immediately watched this gem of a video for a good chuckle about the floundering Steelers and Wesseling’s notion that they could actually qualify for postseason play:

 

 

In all seriousness though, I cannot fault Wesseling’s for trying to shine some positive light on Pittsburgh’s sorry football team. In fact, Wesseling is correct that the Steelers are only two and a half games back in their division and the returns of Le’Veon Bell and Heath Miller will help the offense.

Yet competent skill-players mean very little if the offensive line cannot adequately protect the signal-caller on a consistent basis. With 15 sacks already surrendered, Ben Roethlisberger is on pace to be dropped 60 times this year! Of course, that number doesn’t include how many times he will inevitably hit the deck after he throws the ball.

In addition, Wesseling also forgot to mention that Pittsburgh’s defense has been absolutely curb-stomped during the 2013 campaign’s first four weeks by the likes of Jake Locker, Andy Dalton, Jay Cutler, and Matt Cassel.

Overall, the Steelers’ defense has proved that they are unable to stop opposing ground attacks as they currently rank 29th overall in rushing yards allowed.  Oh, and did I mention that they have surrendered the most rushing touchdowns (six) and displayed an inability to tackle on a consistent basis as well?

The pass-defense is a mess since the pocket collapse from their front seven has been scant and most members of the defense are either slowly calcifying or are youngsters who are still learning the defensive scheme. The Steelers are tied for last in the league with only four sacks, rank 24th in points per game allowed (27.5), and have most importantly failed to force a single takeaway during 16 quarters of play!

Opposing offenses have been content to pick apart Dick LeBeau’s defensive scheme by gashing the Steelers with short passes and runs for four-to-seven yards on first downs on a consistent basis. The defense has looked hapless to stop their opposition, and many like Tony Dungy believe that the unit’s “lack of playmakers” make their problems entirely too large to fix.

 

Final Thoughts

The Steelers will need to go 8-4 over their remaining 12 games to finish the season with a .500 record. No amount of Mike Tomlin sound-bytes and garbage rhetoric can save this team.

In fact, I see no chance in hell of Pittsburgh finishing 8-8 when I look at their upcoming opponents.

With a schedule that still includes the Bengals once, the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens twice, the improved Browns twice, as well as matchups versus the high-powered offenses of the Packers, Patriots, and Lions, the Steelers will be lucky to come out with a 3-5 mark against those foes unless a rash of injuries strike each and every one of them.

In addition, upcoming games versus the Jets, Bills, Dolphins, and Raiders will not necessarily be “walks in the park” either for the struggling Steelers.

So I must say that I am sorry, Mr. Wesseling. I am not drinking the “postseason Kool-Aid” when it comes to the Steelers. And neither are most people who have watched this team as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Topics: Ben Roethlisberger, Dick Lebeau, Heath Miller, Le'Veon Bell, Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers

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  • Kareem Daniels

    You should write for a different team. Your nickname must be “The Tool”

    • Dom DiTolla

      You should supply some constructive criticism, or at least find ways to laugh about this team’s 0-4 start. :)

      • Craig

        Zing!

  • Carl Eagan

    For over 2 years I’ve talked about Tomlin sounding good but not producing anything but an unprepared team on a consistent basis. The sound bites get old and when you decipher the code The Standard is the Standard means I sure hope this works as I have no clue what to do if it doesn’t. Another one we will unleash hell in December meant we can despite the evidence look even worse than we have. The lack of team discipline, absolutely no real leadership or even any kind of game or clock management points to the Steeler’s receiving a top 5 pick next May. Maybe a QB since Ben may be killed unless the O-line suddenly decides to play.

  • Bill

    Dump Tomlin and let’s go get Gruden he is exactly what this team needs

  • Jim_Racalto

    I won’t sit here and say they will make the playoffs. But for as bad as they’ve looked, it’s really come down to the giveaways compared to the takeaways. If that number improves I believe everything else will work itself out. The Cincinnati game, Paulson’s fumble killed a potential lead taking drive. Ben was a turnover machine against Chicago and they still at one point got it to within 27-23. The goal line fumble against Tennessee erased what would have been a two possession lead at the time. Untimely pick against Minnesota coupled with not being able to find a way to create a turnover of our own and still had a chance to tie it at the end. The bottom line is, the turnovers need to stop, and the takeaways need to start. If we don’t turn it over, the chances of winning improve dramatically even if the defense keeps being inept in forcing our own.