Today the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a terrible defeat at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals. But do not fret; every team has its bumps in the road. There are still seven games to play this season.
The offensive play calling was very unimaginative, extremely predictable. That happens when receivers do not get open and the line has a rough day. If the team can't get at rhythm to it, it's doomed to predictability.
When the receivers, particularly Santonio Holmes, have terrible days and couldn't catch swine flu if they tried, it happens.
Ben Roethlisberger, I'm sure, would love to forget about this game. He definitely wasn't on point like we fans are accustomed to him being. Again, it happens. That's why the season is 16 games.
One thing I do know is that Roethlisberger always bounces back with a great game. Fortunately for the Steelers, the next game is against the hapless Chiefs. What better way to get passed a bad loss than a terrible team.
Hopefully Troy Polamalu won't be out for too long, as the defensive scheme really falls apart without him in the game. If that isn't the definition of MVP, then I don't know what is.
Now with that out of the way, let's get down to business. There are some things the Steelers need to make changes at.
First and foremost, Jeff Reed needs to no longer be on kickoffs. He simply doesn't get it done. If you're not going to even attempt to tackle a returner, what use are you? Try out Daniel Sepulveda and see if he can kick the ball deeper, because we all know he will at least attempt to tackle a returner.
Roethlisberger needs to understand that he will never overthrow Mike Wallace down the field, never. He's simply too fast. Just bomb the ball down the field and allow him to run under the ball. Continuing with the receivers, Holmes needs to get his head straight. Some games he catches everything that comes his way, other games he lets balls go through his hands. In his words, "That's how you be great," well show me!
But on to the gist of this article, or rant if you will, it's a long season. The Steelers are still in the hunt for a playoff spot with a fairly easy schedule. Win the games you should and at least split with the Ravens and you'll make the playoffs.
What better way to get revenge than ruining another good season by the Bengals than by dominating them in the postseason.
Breath, relax, the Steelers will be fine. It happens.