What to Expect from Pittsburgh Steelers Offense Following Bye Week

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What to Expect from Pittsburgh Steelers Offense Following Bye Week
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What happened to the Pittsburgh Steelers? A team with so much hope entering the 2013 season is one of the worst heading into its bye week.

The defense can’t pressure the quarterback or force turnovers. The offense can’t protect the quarterback or hold onto the ball. Basically, every problem the Steelers had entering training camp still exists, but worse than anticipated.

Following their 34-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Mike Tomlin went off on his team during his postgame news conference, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

We are going to focus on getting better. That's what's going to change the outcome of these football games. Those that don't, aren’t going to be a part of us. I have great patience. We'll continue to work and get better, as long as I see belief and effort and continued improvement in detail, because that's what's going to change the outcome of these games. Those that don't, they won't be a part of it, whoever it may be. It's just that simple.

That is easier said than done for Tomlin and his coaching staff.

The internal options are virtually nonexistent, and the free-agent market is bare. But it is not as simple as saying “we need to player better,” either.

An early bye week will provide the coaching staff with the opportunity to seek some answers. Even though they’ve improved each week, the offense could still use some work.

Every football team is always a work in progress, but the winless Steelers have a lot of work to do, and they must clean up the mistakes they are making during their bye.

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