2. The entire offensive line
Literally, all five starters. Okay, clearly Pittsburgh can’t fire the entire offensive line, but it’s probably at least been considered. That’s just how bad the offensive line has been three weeks into the season. In Week 2’s 26-17 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, the players protecting Roethlisberger let him take 10 hits, which likely led to his pectoral injury. That’s inexcusable.
Ben has struggled enough, but if he can’t count on the five men up front, this season will go from bad to worse real quick. In Week 3’s 24-10 loss to the Bengals, every single starter on the Steelers’ offensive line received penalties. Not to mention, Roethlisberger was sacked four times, too. It didn’t seem like it could get much worse after last Sunday, but it did.
The line can’t block, can’t provide pass protection and can’t be counted on to come up big in plays where Pittsburgh needs them the most. Remember last week when coach Mike Tomlin opted to punt on 4th & 1 down two scores in the fourth quarter?
While the Steelers boast a top-defense in the league when they can stay healthy, defensive lines on Pittsburgh’s remaining schedule are going to have an absolute field day whenever they line up across from the sad excuse of the black and gold’s offensive line.
If Pittsburgh’s five men up front can’t be trusted, on top of its quarterback, what is there left to play for?