One for the Thumb! Sixburgh! All great things that we as fans and the team have rallied around in the past. Now this year it's the thought from some that they just don't have it anymore, that they are "old and slow". There is no doubt they are older than most in the NFL on the defensive side. Also no doubt that some have lost a step to father time. However, are they incapable of being competitive completely?
There's an article from the AP that talks about the Steelers not getting overly worked up or concerned about the rocky start they have. Being 2-1 is not a bad place to be in, even if they haven't gotten there in the prettiest manner.
As Heath Miller says in this article,Sure there are things to be concerned about: The run defense, the running game, the secondary, the offensive line. Things we are concerned about every year. Perhaps not so much with the running game but given time it can still come around. Perhaps the lack of a normal offseason and training camp has taken more of a toll on this team than we thought? Maybe it's going to take them a month to get their sea legs back completely?`I think we're a team that's trying to figure out ourselves,'' tight end Heath Miller said. ``Hopefully, we can do it sooner rather than later.''
Tomlin is not without blame either though, he's still a work in progress:
Or perhaps maybe they remain competitive this year but never make it over the hump to the playoffs. There is still so much football left to play and so many things that can happen. We're all frustrated by the week 1 loss, and the near loss in week 3. However, let's see how things shake out in the next month and just maybe we'll find ourselves in a familiar position after all.Even the coach is off his game.
Mike Tomlin lost track of how many timeouts the Steelers had in the final minute of Sunday's 23-20 win over Indianapolis. He called a timeout with 8 seconds and the team in field goal range figuring if there was a botched snap all holder Dan Sepulveda had to do is fall on it and the team would get another shot.
One problem. The Steelers didn't have any more timeouts in case disaster struck. The issue was moot when Shaun Suisham drilled the game-winner. The surprising mental gaffe, however, was not lost on Tomlin.
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