The Steelers have this weekend off as they are now on their bye week. The break could not of come at a better time as the Steelers went 0-4 though the first quarter of the season. Lets take a look at the Good , the Bad and the Ugly through the first quarter of the season…
When you began the season 0-4 one may think there is no good to be found . However, the return of Heath Miller has to be considered a great thing. Miller came back in the third game of the season and made an impact right away. The offense has made great strides since his return. Last week against the Vikings Miller had key blocks on both rushing touchdowns along with 6 catches for 70 yards. Miller has picked up where he left off last season and has made a great comeback considering the nature of his injury.
The play of Antonio Brown has been a plus this season . Brown has 32 catches for 412 yards a 12.9 yard average and 2 touchdowns through four games. Antonio Brown is in top form and baring injury is having an All Pro season.
Veteran players Troy Polamalu and Brett Keisel are also having good seasons so far. Polamalu has shown he still has plenty of burst in his step and seems healthier than ever. Keisel has shown he still has plenty left in the tank , playing with great hustle and enthusiasm going into his 12th season.
The fact that Ben Roethlisberger has been as good as he has with the lack of protection is amazing. Roethlisberger has some how completed 63.6 % while being sacked 15 times and being pressured on a regular basis. Yes Roethlisberger must stop the turnovers but that he has been as productive as he has with the lack of quality protection shows why he is in a class all his own.
The debut of Le’Veon Bell vs. the Vikings was also good. Bell ran 16 times for 57 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 27 yards. Bell is the best running back the Steelers have by far and with a little seasoning could be something really special. He has the skills to be a three down back and it looks like the sky is the limit.
When your 0-4 there is plenty of bad to go around. Lets start with the turn-over ratio -11. The Steelers offense has turned the ball over 11 times in just 4 games and to make matters worse the defense has caused 0 turnovers. That is almost unbelievable and a big part of the 0-4 start . The Steelers must solve this problem soon or their will be turnover on the roster and coaching staff.
The offensive line play has been terrible through the first four games and changes must be made . Roethlisberger can not continue to take the beating that he has had to deal with through the first four games.
The Steeler defense’s lack of big plays is another bad area and may only be topped by the poor tackling that has been on display so far this season. Players must use better technique and be in better positions to make plays.
When your 0-4 there is also plenty of blame to go around and the Steelers coaches and coordinators are not without blame. They must do a better job of game planning and putting the best possible team on the field.
0 – 4 is ugly no matter how you look at it . However when your losing to the likes of Tennesee, Cinncinatti, Chicago, and Minnesota well, you don’t get much uglier than that. None of the teams that the Steelers have lost to are considered power houses. Throw in the facts that the Steelers got beat by quarterbacks the caliber of Matt Cassel and Jake Locker and could not force a single turnover from either… well that may be beyond ugly.