It's hard to look back and not try to see the good in many of these units, but overall, when you are staring down a season like this, you have to keep the perspective that it is hard to win in the NFL. And it's especially hard to win when you have one or two units that play so poorly they drag down the rest.
Another important fact to keep in mind is that while a strong individual performance can impress, these grades are for the units as a whole. It's like grading a group project in a high school social studies class. One or two students do their very best, but the slackers of the group drag down the group's grade.
As I have gone back over all the Steelers' games to this point, the word that keeps coming up for me is "average." This is a very average team in all three phases. There are above-average players, and even some units, but when you toss them all together and spit out a mean, it's very much an average football team that we see every week.
With that, it's time for the midseason report cards for each positional unit.
*All stats provided by Pro Football Reference unless specified otherwise.