It is disappointing that the Pittsburgh Steelers came out flat in the season opener for a second straight year. However, all they have to do is win this week to get back on track.
I don’t know if it was a lack of preparation, or if injuries are just affecting the Steelers that much, but the entire game against the Broncos just seemed like a struggle.
Here are six things that the Steelers need to improve on if they do not want to start the season 0-2.
I actually think Ben Roethlisberger had a very good game against the Broncos, considering he had almost no running game and was pressured constantly.
Not to mention the fact that Ben had to convert about a thousand 3rd-and-longs in the game due to the terrible play-calling.
Ben did have some errant throws in the game, obviously, and despite everything I just stated, there was no excuse for throwing the pick-six that ended the game.
The Steelers started the game against the Broncos by getting good pressure on Peyton Manning, and there was even a Jason Worilds sighting when he sacked Peyton in the first quarter.
Once the second half started, however, the defense barely touched Peyton and they may as well not have been on the field.
Mark Sanchez loves throwing interceptions, but LaMarr Woodley and the defense need to put some pressure on him to force those bad decisions.
Ike Taylor has either forgotten how to cover or really just does not care anymore now that he has his contract with the Steelers.
The rest of the secondary did not fare much better last week, as Keenan Lewis and Cortez Allen allowed Peyton Manning to complete over 70 percent of his passes.
With Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow coming to Pittsburgh, there is no reason that either of them should be completing a load of passes against the Steelers defense.
As previously stated, Ben Roethlisberger and the offense were forced to convert a ton of 3rd-and-longs in the game against the Broncos.
The play-calling on first and second downs the entire game was atrocious, and it really just looked like the offense didn’t care.
For the Steelers offense to be successful, they need to actually call plays for first and second down, and not just hope that Ben can do something on third down.
We all know that Dick LeBeau is a great coach; however, for whatever reason, he seems to struggle with halftime adjustments.
The Steelers defense again looked terrible in the second half against the Broncos, and that has been a recurring theme for LeBeau's defenses.
It’s ultimately up to the players we have on defense, but LeBeau needs to make sure the Steelers defense shows up for the entire game and not just the first half.
The much-hyped Todd Haley offensive scheme was so bad that I was calling out every single play before it happened at one point in the game.
Maybe someone should tell Haley that running the draw 30 times in a row won’t work, and that we can actually use the fullback we have on the roster.
I can honestly say that the game plan, or lack thereof, against the Broncos was worse than anything I saw from Bruce Arians.
I know it’s blasphemy to say something like that, but it seemed as though Haley repeatedly ran draws on first and second down, and relied on Ben to save the offense on 3rd-and-long.
How about actually calling plays? How about running the ball inside the 5-yard line? How about not taking an offense with a ton of weapons and turning into the Browns?
We’ll see if Haley decides to do his job in Week 2.