The Steelers’ problems are many, and they are great.
To see my complete overview of yesterday’s insanely depressing 16-9 home loss to Tennessee, click here.
For the purposes of this blog, let’s go small. Let’s generate some merciless microanalysis.
RB Isaac Redman and LB Jason Worilds stink. They shouldn’t even be on the Steelers, let alone starting. SHOULDN'T EVEN BE IN THE NFL.
Each has become a Mike Tomlin pet project. Tomlin has decided to prove how smart he is by proving how good Redman and Worilds are. But he isn’t, and they’re not. Redman and Worilds fail time and again, yet get chance upon chance.
In the second quarter, rookie LB Jarvis Jones drilled Titans RB Chris Johnson in the backfield for a two-yard loss. HAMMERED HIM. Worilds replaced Jones next series.
Redman fumbled away the game in the first quarter when the Steelers were on Tennessee’s 6 with a chance to take a 9-0 lead. The exchange was flawed. Doesn’t matter. DON’T FUMBLE.
RB Felix Jones didn’t get one carry. NOT ONE. Why, because he missed a block on pass-protect? A) Who didn’t? B) That sack didn’t do nearly the damage Redman’s fumble did.
Redman had eight carries for 9 yards.
Worilds had three tackles. No solos.
The Steelers have a bunch of guys that stink who have to play, because there’s nobody better.
Redman and Worilds have capable backups. Backups better than them. The Jones boys need to play: Felix at RB, Jarvis at LB.
More than ever before, the Steelers need all hands on deck. Most of their problems can’t be fixed.
C Maurkice Pouncey and LB Larry Foote need faith healers. The offense is irrevocably flawed. The Steelers’ football philosophy is antiquated and outdated. The clichés don’t apply anymore. You can’t use ball possession and physicality to bully foes into submission, and even if you could, the Steelers couldn’t.
At the very least, the Steelers should use their best players at every position. Right now, they aren’t.
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