A Win Is a Win, But the Steelers Problems Remain

Alan ShimelCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 22: Wide receiver Mike Wallace #17 jumps on the back of teammate Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers after scoring a touchdown in NFL game action against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Chiefs defeated the Steelers 27-24.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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I almost forgot what it feels like to win a game. Even though we were winning almost the whole game, I felt the Steelers were going to need to pull it out in the end in order to win. It was so much of the same old, same old that we have seen all season. Yes 500+ yards passing is quite a number.  Mike Wallace is probably the brightest spot in a dismal season. But the Steelers problems did not go away with this great win.

The offensive play calling is worse than atrocious.  Since when did 2nd and seven become a must pass down? Empty backfield, shotgun formation? I can see once in a while, but every time?.  They opened the game and didn't even run a running play until the third possession. You have a back averaging better than 4.5 yards a carry! Run Arians out of town now.

The defensive backfield is still a joke.  Anytime the other team makes a play it is a guarantee that either Gay, Carter or Clark missed someone or fell down. Today rookie Joe Burnett slipped on Green Bay's final touchdown.  They can't cover, they can't tackle and they can't catch. It is a trifecta of disaster for the defensive backfield of the Steelers.

The offensive line needs serious help.  Max Starks looks like a weeble wobble that does fall down. He constantly and consistently gets beat to the outside. The few times they do run, the run blocking is terrible. The missed assignments are way too many on passing plays. 

OK, what was with the botched on side kick? For that matter why the pop up kick offs to the Packers 30? Do we really have no confidence in the special teams at all? I assume an off season house cleaning in special teams from the coach on down will take care of it for next year.

Too bad for our slim playoff hopes too. The Dolphins and Jets cooperated by losing today. If the Bears would have shown up and given the Ravens a game, despite it all the Steelers would still have a shot at the playoffs.

Oakland could be our savior. They beat the Broncos who now must beat Philly to stay in the playoff drivers seat. Also the Ravens have to play Oakland after the Steelers. The Raiders have already beat the Bengals and Steelers, why not the Ravens?

But then again the Steelers don't deserve to be in the playoffs playing like this.