Well, fellow Steelers’ fans here we go again; another season of more of the same.
Mike Tomlin spoke of needing consistency, before Sunday’s night's game...and that is indeed a concern to me. At the end of last season's train wreck in the superbowl, there were plenty of “coaching areas of opportunity” and things that needed fixing. Our 2011 season start can be described as a lack luster preseason, and so far a lack luster start to the beginning of the regular season. The question I ask is, “what are we in store for, really”? I’d like to be optimistic and think of the Steelers’ of the 1970's (the decade of dominance); when we had championship form all the time. The modern day Steelers that "we love" have a Dr. Jackal / Mr. Hyde personality that makes them unpredictable and sometimes flat out scary. Especially the years they've come off of a championship or superbowl run. What fan in Steelers Nation can forget our glorious return to championship form in 2005-06 only to turn around the next year and have the wheel fall off at 8-8 and not even make the playoffs. The last time we got a shellacking from the Baltimore ravens. I remember being confident and saying that’s okay we'll see you again, and then got beat worse in November of that year. Only to turn around in 2009-2010 season and lay a goose egg –at the big dance. Although its recent history, it’s still fresh in my mind.
Taking a closer look at this season's start at 2-1, the wins are over marginal opponents, a Seattle club searching for an identity and the Peyton Manning-less Colts. Maybe I’d feel better if the team had bothered to show up at all, in the first game...against the ravens. As for now I will remain cautiously optimistic about the season thus far.
On the brighter side:
It does appear Ben is trying (just a little) to get rid of the ball quicker and not stay in the pocket as much, although he still has a ways to go on his attempts to release the ball in time. The secondary and the offensive line are struggling, they do look to have improved somewhat in the past two games; but they still have some work to do. With no imaginative running plays and a predictable offense, this is not the formula for a championship or superbowl. You’re not fooling anyone Bruce Arians!!
Don’t get me started on Mendenhall. The good news is, Tomlin is aware the running game must improve.
“I’ll acknowledge that we didn’t do well the other night and that we better improve in that area and improve in a hurry because we desire to be balanced offensively,” said Coach Mike Tomlin. “
I love my Steelers’s, that’s why I’m so hard on them. To whom greatness is given, much is required…. So its time to step our game up, and play like the champs we are!