There are few organizations in sports as steady as the Pittsburgh Steelers. They do not make rash moves and stick to their philosophy.
At times, they are steady to a fault. That may have been the case this past Sunday in which the Steelers’ took a 35-7 drubbing from the Baltimore Ravens.
Pittsburgh had no business getting blown out; in fact, they really should not have lost this game.
But that is not how the game played out. The Steelers lost, and they lost badly.
Baltimore physically beat up the Steelers. They controlled the line of scrimmage and dictated the tempo on both offense and defense with their aggressive style of play.
The Steelers looked lost and they looked old. The same group players that have helped the Steelers get to three Super Bowl appearances in the past six years may have finally hit the wall.
However, Pittsburgh sticks with the guys that got them there. Mike Tomlin trotted his veteran team onto the field, and for good reason: They are a successful bunch.
After Sunday, though, there is some hard evidence to the offseason chatter about the Steelers age.
Besides some of the aging veterans, there are still serious question marks along the offensive line and in the defensive backfield.
This raises the question. Is it time for some starters to have their playing time reduced? It is not like the Steelers to overreact after one game, but it at least has to be in the back of the mind of Tomlin and the rest of the coaching staff.
Here are the starters who should have their playing time reduced as the season progresses.