Sep. 19, 2018
Like Sands through the Hourglass. This is the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It's difficult to find franchises in the NFL that can match the pedigree of the Pittsburgh Steelers. They have the title of having the most Lombardi Trophies for the past ten years and from 1979-1989. The great players that have worn the black and gold are too many to mention. The franchise that represents the blue collar folks.
They still possess the talent, but they have turned into a soap opera. Between social media trouble, suspensions, sloppy play, outbursts and everything else you can imagine; the Steelers are more like a reality show than a Super Bowl contender.
The latest episode of this several year drama happened Sunday at Heinz Field in their 42-37 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Its not so much that a quality team like the Chiefs beat them, its how it happened. Chiefs quarterback, Patrick Mahomes made his second NFL start, which is usually very bad news facing the Steelers. He promptly threw three first quarter touchdown passes to Chris Conley, Travis Kelcey and Kareem Hunt to stun the crowd in the ketchup bottle. It could have been 28-0 if it wasn't for a penalty calling back a Kansas City fumble recovery.
The Steelers roared back in the second quarter with three Ben Roethisberger touchdown passes. Jesse James, JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington were the recipients to those touchdowns to tie the game at halftime. Both teams traded a touchdown each before a Demarcus Robinson touchdown catch to put the Chiefs up for good. Mahomes tied a Chiefs franchise record with six touchdown passes and nobody has ever had ten in the first two games.
Notice that I haven't mentioned a particular superstar. Steeler wide receiver, Antonio Brown became upset from not getting enough action despite being targeted 17 times and catching nine. Young, JuJu Smith-Schuster and tight end, Jesse James made more of an impact on the game. Brown got into the grill of new offensive coordinator, Randy Fichtner and slammed his helmet into the ground. This was one of the numerous outbursts by Brown over the years. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus seemed to comfort him as they were walking together through the locker room tunnel. Brown left the stadium without meeting with the media.
This all comes on the heels of a sloppy tie against their traditional punching bag, the Cleveland Browns last week. The one good thing to take from the Kansas City game is that they didn't turn the ball over. They had six against the Browns.
The porous defense, the mega marathon Le'Veon Bell holdout, the undisciplined play and penalties and linebacker, Bud Dupree's Sunday night Twitter war with fans are just another days ingredients into this drama. You can also dissect the play calling and coaching. Many Steeler fans has had head coach, Mike Tomlin fired ten different times in each of the past ten years. Tomlin has to realize that he needs to put a foot down on this mess. He has to keep his players off of social media or be fined heavily. Their key players obviously have trouble focusing.
The 0-1-1 Steelers travel to Tampa Bay next Monday to face another red hot quarterback. There's liable to be a couple more plot twists by then. This drama is fit for a 2 P.M. weekday afternoon spot, competing with Jerry Springer and The Chew.