Blitzburgh started a thread http://www.steeleraddicts.com/forum/...ad.php?t=33868 that got me thinking...
Are teams playing us tougher than they used to? Teams like the Browns give us more trouble than the Patriots. It just seems like we don't respond to challenges anymore. Sure, we beat the Patriots, but surprisingly, that was at their own game. It seems teams are adapting to us, while we are just blundering around. It seems the Steelers never have a plan.
It could be a result of the new rules, our typically tough D seems hobbled by the new rules. The Steelers make attempts at becoming a passing team, but we lack a line that can consistently protect a QB long enough to have any options whatsoever. We run sometimes, but never seem to use it as tool.
And when I said "blundering" I meant blundering. It just seems all of the teams we play have a clear, direct plan, with a backup plan. We need to adapt, or it is just the beginning of our woes.
My guess is the Chargers, if the watched any tape, will not see anything new. The Browns don't even have to do any research, they already know what to expect. I strongly feel if the Steelers don't evolve and develop a clear, definitive plan of action, not just next year, but every year, then things are going to get worse. Look at the Ravens, they went through drastic changes and they are tearing it up.
Don't worry though, if the Steelers go 0-16 next year, I am still a fan.