Steelers Offense Will Handicap Team Without Improvement

Noah Strackbein

The Steelers showed their offense is no where close a winnable unit. Mason Rudolph continues to make poor throws, the offensive line was getting beat off the ball all night and with more injuries, Pittsburgh could be in trouble moving forward. 

A season that's already thrown everything it could at the Steelers has only gotten harder. It's now a team that - if their defense can't win for them - needs to rely on a second-year quarterback that has failed to show any ability to complete drives. Or get drives going. 

Through two games, the offensive drives produced by Pittsburgh look like this: 

  • Interception 
  • Interception 
  • Punt
  • Turnover On Downs
  • Touchdown
  • Punt
  • Interception 
  • Turnover On Downs
  • Punt 
  • Punt 
  • Missed Field Goal 
  • Punt 
  • Punt
  • Field Goal 
  • Safety 
  • Punt 
  • Punt 
  • Punt 
  • Punt 
  • Fumble 
  • Punt 
  • Punt

It's been accepted that the defense will carry this team as far as they can go. Minkah Fitzpatrick, T.J. Watt and the rest of the unit have enough talent, and turnovers, to keep outcomes in their favor. That isn't always going to work, though. 

Rudolph's confidence does grow throughout a game but much too slow. By the second half of games, the Steelers are too deep to overcome whatever hole the offense has put them in. It's not the prime time for their quarterback to start playing, and through seven games as a starter, Rudolph needs to adapt quicker at the beginning of games. 

Here's the thing - the defense is clearly good enough to win almost any game. The force mistakes, outside of this game have had very few penalties and know how to shut down the run game. 

Here's the other thing - there's a huge difference between taking advantage of the Browns offense and taking advantage of the Chiefs offense. 

It won't be impossible to stop an offense better than those Pittsburgh has played this season. Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes are names that send chills down defenses spines, but it doesn't mean they cannot be slowed enough to win. 

They'll need their offense to win those games, though. You can bring those opponents to a hault but you won't find Mahomes throwing a pick six for the win or Brady fumbling on a sack. They may not score more than 20 points, but they're going to force the Steelers offense to put points on the board to win.

This is when Rudolph will need to make plays. His receivers needs to catch the ball, but slow starts need to be cleared up as they inch closer to the postseason. 

Without the ability to win games with the offense, Pittsburgh's season can only be so hopeful. The turnaround is possible, and needed. Rudolph isn't keeping the starting job for nothing. People believe in what he can do when his protection is strong and his skill players are making plays. 

It all needs to click moving forward, but without something more from this offense, the Steelers are only going to go so far this season.

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DanTheMan11
DanTheMan11

Worst I have seen this offense all year. The loss of Connor, Johnson, and JuJu obviously had an impact but there should be no excuses for the lack of ball movement. Also Garrett should get a 16-game ban minimum. What a terrible way to end a sloppy game.


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