PITTSBURGH -- Not even Nostradamus could have predicted the Steelers being 2-6 at this point in the season, let alone the Steelers faithful, but despite flashes of brilliance, their losing record continues to grow.
So what's wrong with our champs? Is it mental?
On Monday, WTAE Channel 4 Action News put the Steelers on the couch so some of Pittsburgh's sports psychologists could get inside their heads.
WTAE Channel 4 talked to psychologists who have studied the Steelers for a long time and they said the feelings and emotions we're talking about, on and off the field, are nothing new for the team and its fans.
Sports psychologist George Pappas has been following the Steelers for decades and believes the team is in good physical shape, but mentally, he said, the group just doesn't seem to be "gelling" as it has in past seasons.
"They're very frustrated and disappointed," said Pappas. "And they're very confident. They know they're a better team. They know they can beat any team out there."
Psychologist Paul Friday conceded a sense of letdown is inevitable for the team and its fans, especially following a Super Bowl year.
"Did we like the Super Bowl?" said Friday. "Of course we liked the Super Bowl. Was it unrealistic? It was absurd to be an underdog for all five games and win all five. That's absurd. To think it was going to continue, that's delusional."
"They're a resilient team," said Pappas. "And they've always come back when down, and they'll continue to do that. They're a really resilient team."
The therapists said fans still have reason to be optimistic. After all, the Steelers have a history of being underdogs.