Steelers Reporter: This Team Has "A Lot Of Flaws"

The Steelers lost again on Sunday to fall to 1-2-1 on the season

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
October 01, 2018 - 9:16 am

One month into the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2-1) remain perhaps the most disappointing team in the NFL. They lost again on Sunday, this time to the Ravens, 26-14, at Heinz Field.

While there’s no question the offense misses Le’Veon Bell, the defense has been, well, bad. The Steelers rank 30th in the league in total defense and 25th in scoring defense (29.0 points per game allowed).

What is Mike Tomlin saying about that side of the ball?

“What Mike Tomlin is going to say, right or wrong, he usually isn’t going to admonish a unit,” Steelers reporter Chris Adamski said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “That’s not his thing. The Kansas City game, the Chiefs have been tearing up everybody, but that’s the one where they looked really bad. The Tampa game, FitzMagic sort of ended there, they were getting turnovers for a little bit, but still – in that game, they gave up 17 points in the second half.”

The defense also couldn't hold a 21-7 fourth-quarter lead against the Browns and was outscored 12-0 in the second half against the Ravens. 

“This wasn’t going to be a great defense to begin with,” Adamski said. “The Kansas City game, they looked really bad. Other than that, to borrow the Denny Green line, they are who we thought we were. But if this team was going to win or go deep in the playoffs, they needed the offense to carry them. I think that’s much more of a concern to them and what they want to be.”

The Steelers rank sixth in the league in total offense and 10th in the league in scoring offense (25.5). In fact, they’re scoring almost the same as they did last year – 25.4 points per game – when they went 13-3.

The Steelers are still alive in the AFC North, but the next four games will be crucial. They play against Atlanta (1-3), at Cincinnati (3-1), bye, against Cleveland (1-2-1), at Baltimore (3-1)

“I’m a big believer that the NFL is more about December than September,” Adamski said. “The teams are almost unrecognizable. That doesn’t mean to say (games) don’t count. Of course they do. But I think these teams, that’s always evolutions. The good teams now aren't necessarily the good teams in December. But that being said, I think there’s a lot of flaws right now with this team and this roster. It’s kind of hard to envision them being a really good team in December right now.”