Any given Sunday is a common cliché in the NFL, and the Steelers found themselves on the wrong side of it last weekend.
They followed up an impressive performance against Carolina with a dud at home against a Tampa Bay team coming off a 56-14 loss 10 days prior. With Pittsburgh sitting at 2-2 through four weeks, it’s time for another look at the Steelers’ stock:
Ben Roethlisberger had himself quite the day on Sunday. He completed over 70 percent of his passes and threw for three touchdowns. On the season, he is completing close to 70 percent of his passes and has a 99.4 quarterback rating. He’s going to have to carry this team while the defense continues to grow, and so far, he has shown that he is more than capable.
What a find Antonio Brown has been for the Pittsburgh Steelers. A sixth-round draft pick in 2010, Brown just broke the record for consecutive games with at least five receptions and 50 yards. In the game against Tampa, he had seven receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Brown did have a crucial drop that dampened the Steelers’ chances against the Buccaneers – but nonetheless, he still played well. For the first quarter of the season, Brown is tied for most receiving touchdowns and fourth most yards in the NFL. Coming into the season, Brown was already regarded by most as an elite receiver. Anyone who didn’t see him being one then certainly does now.
Mike Tomlin is on the other end of my list, and no, I don’t think he is on the hot seat, nor do I think he should be. The reason is because of the team’s penalties. Pittsburgh is the second-most penalized team in the NFL, and some of that falls on the head coach.
Ultimately, the players are the ones on the field, and they are the ones that are committing the fouls; but the coach has to be held accountable for his team’s lack of discipline. Tomlin has said that he will work diligently to emphasize discipline to his team, and he started that this week with bringing officials to practice.
Brad Wing didn’t help his team when he punted the ball a mere 29 yards with just under 50 seconds left in the game, as he gave Tampa great field position that helped them register their game-winning drive. I know what you may be thinking: Really, a punter? But punters – as well as the entire special teams unit – are a big part of the game. The Steelers just terminated the contract of Adam Podlesh, so it is up to Wing to rebound and show the team that he deserves to be the full-time punter not just for this season but for the near future.