Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a proud football town. Their Steelers are the pride of the city, and one of the most historic franchises in football. Their black and yellow jerseys are iconic. Heinz Field is legendary. Everything about the Pittsburgh Steelers breeds success. Their 6 championships speak to their franchise’s success. So why is everything falling apart in Pittsburgh? What happen to this team overnight that has them looking so bad? These are a few of Pittsburgh’s Problems.
The Le’Veon Bell effect: Pittsburgh’s biggest problem is that #26 is not on the field. He’s not in the locker room or around his teammates. Le’Veon and his agent want a new contract. 46% of Pittsburgh’s offense ran through Le’Veon last year. He led the Steelers in touchdowns, catches, rushing yards and offensive touches. He’s making 14 million this season, but he feels that’s not enough. He wants more, and he has decided to hold out until he gets it. His teammates are pissed. They were under the impression that he would be back by the beginning of the season. He obviously is not back.
Now you might say so what. Forget him. The Steelers have enough talent without him. They can still win games either way. They haven’t. Granted it’s only been 2 games so far but the Steelers looked awful against the CLEVELAND BROWNS. The same Browns team that hasn’t won a game in 2 seasons. The game actually wound up in a tie. They played the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday, and got embarrassed on the home field. The problem is simple. They don’t have a dynamic run/passing game anymore, so they can’t get players open for the big play. How do you fix that problem? PAY LE’VEON BELL WHATEVER HE WANTS!!! You see how much he means to this team.
AB doesn’t seem happy: Antonio Brown is THE BEST wide receiver in the game. He is a nightmare on the field. Big Ben’s favorite person to throw to over all these years. This year it doesn’t seem like it though. JuJu Smith-Schuster is the new flash toy in Pittsburgh. He is a talented, young receiver who is getting a lot of targets lately from Big Ben. Target passes that Antonio Brown used to get. Yesterday during Pittsburgh’s game against Kansas City, Antonio Brown had only 9 catches for 67 yards. No touchdowns. Of course, Antonio Brown was pissed about not getting the ball thrown to him as much during the game. He went off on the Offensive Coordinator along the sidelines, telling him get him the damn ball. After the game, Ryan Scarpino, a Steelers’ PR worker, took to twitter and had some interesting things to say about AB. @RyanScarpino said “AB needs to thank his lucky stars, because he was drafted by a team that had Ben. And Ben got AB paid. You know darn well he wouldn’t put up those numbers for other teams.” Antonio Brown responded in a short but very direct message. “Trade me and let’s find out.”
Do I think the Pittsburgh Steelers would trade Antonio Brown? No. But it is a serious problem that your star wide receiver is visibly unhappy, and your prize running back hasn’t even showed up yet. You mix that in with an aging quarterback, and you have a recipe for failure. This might be the beginning of the end for the Steel Curtain. Steeler fans might want to start waving the white flag, instead of their yellow ones.
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