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Is Steelers Offensive Line to Blame for Early Struggles?

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Is Steelers Offensive Line to Blame for Early Struggles?

Once again, this past Sunday’s performance against a division rival in the Cincinnati Bengals was lackluster at best. This time, not only was the Pittsburgh Steelers offense lacking in production, but the other side of the ball  failed to execute when their names were called as well. In most cases, when the offense has been struggling, the defense has been there to pick up the slack. This past Sunday was not the case.

There are a handful of areas we could talk about that need improving. Our offensive game plan, or lack thereof, obviously needs some help. There were rumblings post game about how offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s offensive scheme doesn’t necessarily fit the play style of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, saying his scheme is built for a more mobile quarterback under center. I don’t see how that could be true since the Steelers organization knew Roethlisberger was coming back prior to signing Canada to his new position. That and the fact that this team really doesn’t have a “mobile” quarterback on the roster at the moment, but there has to be some reason for the lack of production on the offensive side of the ball, and we are looking for answers.

 

 

So far, we have seen the same sort of offensive scheme that we have seen the past couple of seasons. I know it’s early, and I don’t want to panic, but it seems like the quick game style of offense is still in play for this football team and I don’t really understand why. This team is full of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, especially at the wide receiver position. I know the point is to get the ball in the playmakers hands and let them do their work, but it’s like we aren’t even attempting any passes over 20 yards, just throwing screens and slants in hopes that the receivers will make something happen with the ball in their hands. This in itself has led to us being a predictable offense, which is exactly what this organization was trying to get away from.

Where exactly does the problem lie? In my opinion, it is the lack of execution on our offensive line, not allowing plays to fully develop. Roethlisberger made a living extending plays, buying time for his wide receivers to create separation from the opposing defensive back, and has been extremely successful in doing so. That backyard football style of play has been non-existent for the past 3 years and it’s been clear so far this season that the coaching staff does not have as much faith as they would like in this young offensive linemen group, and rightfully so. They are starting two rookies in Kendrick Green (center) and Dan Moore Jr. (left tackle) to start the 2021 season and pair them with an already inexperienced offensive line group. It’s going take time for these guys to figure out how to play together, but they need to figure it out fast.

 

 

Could Roethlisberger make better decisions as far as when or who is getting the ball? Absolutely. I would love to see him look downfield more as the season progresses and get those big play types from the big play type of players. Maybe it’s the play-calling holding us back or maybe it is the fact that Roethlisberger has to rush every throw he has because the opposing defensive line is coming at him quicker than ever. Roethlisberger has been around for a while and has pretty much seen all the NFL has to offer, but when you’re constantly under pressure every time you drop back, it gets to you and it would get to anyone — even a future Hall of Fame quarterback like Roethlisberger is.

 

Let us know who is to blame for the loss? Comment below!

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  1. Mike

    September 27, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    I agree 100%! I am willing to blame Big Ben when the offensive line shows they can effectively block for a run game and give Ben more than 2 seconds to throw the ball. No quarterback, no matter how talented, can be expected to win football games with a running game and offensive line that’s last in the league. I don’t know how you’d go about addressing that this season other than giving them time to gel and develop. It’s a long season though and I’m confident something will get figured out. The opportunity to win the division is not out of reach in my biased opinion. I’m not sold on Baker or Lamar’s ability to carry a team on their shoulder because they benefit so much from a good ground game. Ben and Najee need help from the o-line.

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