Dysfunctional Offense Finally Bites Steelers!

Paul BaronnerContributor ISeptember 20, 2009

DENVER - JANUARY 22:  Jerome Bettis #36 and Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate as the run off the field after Bettis scored a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship Game January 22, 2006 at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. The Steelers won 34-17.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

I've written two articles recently about the peril the Steelers are in concerning the over-exposure of Ben Roethlisberger and how their over-reliance on him could cost them a chance for a second straight championship.

I mainly focused on the possibility of Ben getting hurt, but also mentioned that even though Ben had fantasy like numbers against Tennessee, the Steelers only had one touchdown.

The Steelers ran for 105 yards today, that was a little better, though it seemed that early it was all pass and for awhile it was mostly run and then it was back to all passing.

Now don't get me wrong, I don't care if they hand the ball off to Casey Hampton every time or the punter throws for two touchdowns a game as long as they score points.

There's a local ice cream stand that gives one percent off your entire order for each point the Steelers score, 30 points scored 30% off, needless to say I've gained weight since Ben became the starting quarterback. 

This year I'm losing weight!

If the Steelers could run the ball, they couldn't be stopped. We already know they can pass, but without that double threat, scoring drives tend to stall.

That leaves it up to the kicker and we've seen what can happen when you leave it up to the kicker. Did anyone notice that the last two Steeler games, the losing team had dependable kickers miss two very make-able field goals.

The Steelers need some balance and I don't mean pass for awhile, then run for awhile. They need to be able to do both simultaneously.

The problems seem to come from multiple areas, but the biggest problem appears to be philosophical.

Going back to the draft pick of Santonio Holmes, when most of the Steelers faithful thought Lendale White was a no-brainer to replace Jerome Bettis, the Steelers have been in transition from a power game to a passing game.

Personally I prefer a balanced attack. I think the Steelers could've won several Super Bowls under Bill Cowher if they had a more balanced attack.

That group was too committed to the run, partly because they didn't have a franchise quarterback. Being overly committed to the run, when the bus blew a tire the Steelers chances came to a screeching halt. What happened to the turn of the century Steelers may yet happen to the current group, except in reverse.

How short sighted is it to place the fortune of an entire teams season on the health of a player, be it a running back or quarterback, who takes a beating week in and week out.

Now the Steelers appear to be on the opposite side of the coin that Jerome Bettis's Steelers were.

I just hope they straighten it out next week during their scrimmage...oops I mean game against the Bungles, otherwise they might lose this stinking scrimmage game and be on their way to a very disappointing season.