Steeler Nation, the Pittsburgh Steelers have now played their 6th game of the 2014 season and are now 3-3 after a devastating loss to the Cleveland Browns, 31-10.The Steelers have been a disappointment in just about every area thus far and this loss was a big step backward.
Lets take a look at the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Steelers loss to the Browns.
Let me start off by saying, when you lose to a division rival 31 -10 there’s not much good, so I’m going to keep this short. Wide receiver Antonio Brown continues to be the Steelers best and most consistent player of the 2014 season. Brown caught 7 catches for 117 yards against the Browns and is definitely among the elite wide receivers in the NFL.
The Steelers looked bad most of the game Sunday and it was not even close after the first quarter. The fact that the Steelers were not even competitive in the biggest divisional game so far is not at all encouraging.They failed in just about every phase of the game, dropping passes,over throwing passes,missing tackles, and botching scoring opportunities.
The bottom line is the defense continues to give up big plays against the pass and the run and the offense fails to make big plays and continues to stall out in the red-zone.
The ugly truth is the Steelers have been a very inconsistent , undisciplined group as a team and have underachieved during the first six games this season which was considered the soft part of their schedule.
Many things factor into this disappointing debacle of a season thus far. Youth and inexperience can not be forgotten but neither can bad coaching ,game planing, and bad play execution by the players.
The bottom line is the Steelers must take a look in the mirror and be accountable in every phase of the organization including the ownership, GM,coaching staff and players. There is plenty of blame to go around.
A loss like this can fold a team or make it stronger. The season is not lost yet but its going to take more than talk to turn things around. The Steelers players and coaches have said they believe the talent is there to get the job done. It’s time to stop the talk and walk the walk.