Pittsburgh Steelers: Reasons for optimism and pessimism

A 30-9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 5 proves the Steelers have some major room for improvement on both sides of the ball. Ben Roethlisberger tossed five picks and once again the black and gold have more questions surrounding their future. It’s time to mention a few reasons why the team should be optimistic about the rest of the season and I’ll also include some reasons for pessimism. Here we go! (no pun intended)

Reasons for optimism

-The Steelers have a good offensive line lead by pro bowl center Maurkice Pouncey. And as long as Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown are on that offense, Pittsburgh will have playmaking ability and force teams to focus on them, which will help role players in the process.

-Ben Roethlisberger is one of the best quarterbacks in the game today and just because he has one terrible game doesn’t mean we should ignore all the good he has done. Big Ben gives Pittsburgh the best chance to win at the QB spot and he’s one of a kind at the position.

-The AFC has its own set of problems this season. The Patriots are 3-2 and their defense has been awful. Oakland probably won’t have Derek Carr for at least a couple more weeks, and Baltimore has suffered injuries throughout its entire roster (Marshal Yanda, Joe Flacco, and Jeremy Maclin, just to name a few).

Even with a 3-2 mark, Pitt will be in the thick of things until the season is over. The AFC isn’t loaded with great teams. KC is undefeated, but its secondary is suspect and Alex Smith has been sacked a lot this season.

Many of Pittsburgh’s mistakes are self inflicted and so if they can make the necessary corrections they’ll be in goo shape the rest of the season.

Reasons for pessimism

-The Steelers continue to lose to teams that they should beat. Last year they lost to Philly and Miami. This year they fell to Chicago and Jacksonville.

This falls on the shoulders of Mike Tomlin. Steeler players have to be ready to shut down poor or mediocre teams, especially when all they have to do is avoid shooting themselves in the foot.

As the years go by, Tomlin’s voice seems to be fading away in the Steelers’ locker room. From Brown making a Facebook Live video inside the locker room to players getting suspended, it seems as though owner Art Rooney II is content with leaving things the way they are.

The Steelers’ defense hasn’t been ferocious in several years and some of that blame falls on Tomlin also. Ryan Shazier, Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt are good young linebackers, however with Tomlin as head coach it’s been hard for Pittsburgh to be successful in the draft, especially on the defensive side.

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