It is tough to tell what is worse when the Steelers get close to the goal line: the play-calling or the blocking up front.
The conundrum is something of a chicken or the egg scenario.
On one hand, you have the inability of the Steelers' offensive line to blow anyone off the ball. The Steelers are undersized at certain positions along the offensive line, and that certainly doesn’t mix well with slow.
Guys like Doug Legursky and Jonathan Scott are extremely slow off the line, and it doesn’t bode well anywhere on the field, let alone in a 1 or 2-yard box.
But with certain—and very visible—flaws upfront, the unbelievably predictable play-calling of Bruce Arians on the goal line certainly doesn’t help.
How many ways and how many times can a team try to run the football up the middle before someone decides, "Hey, this isn’t working"?
The Steelers are going to be outmatched upfront in almost any situation and certainly on short-yardage ones. However, there are ways to be effective despite the mismatches.
Two of the Steelers' three touchdowns came inside the 5-yard line, and both of them were plays that stretched the defense.
Rashard Mendenhall's 1-yard touchdown was a stretch play that took the ball over the right tackle, and of course, the perfectly-thrown corner fade route from Roethlisberger to Wallace from 1-yard out went to the outside as well.
At the risk of Arians deploying five more wide receiver screens in attempts to get the ball outside, it is undoubtedly more effective with the personnel on the Steelers' roster.