Give Willie Reid serious consideration as a punt returner
How do the Steelers improve their punt return game? Two words: Willie Reid. The Steelers drafted the Florida State speedster for a reason, and his forte is returning punts. The Steelers have to make dramatic improvement in that area, and it's time to give Reid a shot.
Clear their heads and get rested
The Steelers practiced just twice last week, as coach Bill Cowher said they have to take advantage of the bye week. The light week and a long weekend are probably the best thing for a team that has key players such as safety Troy Polamalu (shoulder) and wide receiver Hines Ward (hamstring) nursing nagging injuries.
Get Ben Roethlisberger and his wide receivers plenty of work
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his receivers are still trying to find their way as evidenced by a backup running back (Verron Haynes) leading the team in receptions. Roethlisberger and the wideouts will get plenty of work together this week, and the Steelers are hoping that translates into marked improvement in the passing game at San Diego.