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PFTV looks at what's wrong with the Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl to cap the 2005 season.  And they started the next year at 2-6.

This year, they’re 1-2, good for third place in the AFC North.

So what the hell is going on out here?  PFTV ponders the predicament.

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  1. steeler-hater says: Oct 2, 2009 8:15 AM

    Jeez, the video was only 2 minutes, 42 seconds long.
    That seems hardly enough time to point out all that is wrong with the Squealers right now.
    They did manage to cover most of the team’s problems, regardless. But they did forget to mention Zittsburgh’s suddenly iffy kicking game.
    Those guys must have been reading some of my posts here. They said basically the same stuff I’ve been saying for a while now…

  2. slipkid says: Oct 2, 2009 8:21 AM

    O line

  3. faulkn22 says: Oct 2, 2009 8:23 AM

    Easy….
    QB can’t focus purely on football because of his ongoing lawsuit.
    Best S in the league is out.
    O-line is horrible.
    Good enough?

  4. Frank says: Oct 2, 2009 8:39 AM

    Mashmallow O-Line.
    3rd place in the AFC North. Learn to accept it mullet-heads.

  5. oksteeler says: Oct 2, 2009 8:43 AM

    No one ever comments about the age of the D. The D-line (minus Hood), Farrior and Townsend all are 30+. The Steelers are losing it in the end when fatigue would be a factor. If Farrior were a few years younger he may have made a few more critical plays especially at the end of the Cincy game that would have stopped the other team on 4th down.

  6. Roboto says: Oct 2, 2009 8:47 AM

    You’re not that important, Steeler-hater. Besides, you should be more concerned about your own sucky football team winning one trophy before you bash a team with 6.
    You are dirt! Ha!

  7. SteelTown_6 says: Oct 2, 2009 8:48 AM

    “# steeler-hater says: October 2, 2009 8:15 AM
    They said basically the same stuff I’ve been saying for a while now…”
    Wow, what a surprise to open this thread and find you as the 1st responder. You live for this don’t you?
    Nobody spews as much non-stop garbage as you do.
    You seem to live for a single purpose, to hang out here and trash the Steelers. But when called out to name your team you refuse. OK, we get it already, you’re just another garden variety gutless moron with a keyboard. That, and you team obviously sucks to the point of embarrassment.
    Even more ridiculous is how you wait for threads to “expire”, then you return to them days later to toss out more smack when no one is even listening anymore. Truly pathetic. Seek counseling.

  8. The Jimmy says: Oct 2, 2009 8:52 AM

    A huge part of holding a lead is being able to run the ball. You don’t run clock throwing the ball. When the defense is completely dominant you can get away with it, but when it’s just pretty good, you can’t.

  9. Hype says: Oct 2, 2009 9:10 AM

    you should be more concerned about your own sucky football team winning one trophy before you bash a team with 6.
    You should take those trophies and put them in instead of your offensive line..see if they help stop a pass rush this year, or open up a running game. Yea, too bad those trophies dont mean squat this year.

  10. Dewey ActSwooned says: Oct 2, 2009 9:14 AM

    “Suddenly iffy kicking game…”
    You can’t fault Reed too much for the missed kicks against the Bears–over the last few years, the Bears have more blocked kicks than any other team in the NFL.
    The mental aspect of the game is huge for kickers–so you don’t think that stat plays some role in kickers’ minds when they line up for FG attempts against the Bears?
    That’s one of the reasons Mare had trouble even at home in the Seattle game, too.
    (Even with Reed’s FG, though–nothing says the Bears still wouldn’t have driven down the field and scored to tie or win anyway).
    The real issue for the Steelers, I think, is the increasingly porous o-line and the diminishing rushing attack.
    Plus, the Bears are no slouch team, and the Bengals–with a healthy Palmer and rebuilt defense–aren’t the same pushovers they used to be, either.
    If I were a Steelers fan, I wouldn’t fret too much (yet)–as long as you continue to have a top notch defense, you can contend with anyone.
    The real test will be the first Ravens-Steelers game. Lose that one, then it’s time to panic.

  11. cfuska says: Oct 2, 2009 9:15 AM

    I’m as big a fan of the Steelers as anyone, and love my team, but it’s obvious they’re not clicking right now. I don’t remember any trophies being handed out at the end of September though. Granted they go down 1-3 then they’ll have a lot more work to do with two AFC losses and one of those being a division loss, but it’s still early. They definitely have to step it up, but I’ll be more conerned if we’re still talking about this at the end October, beginning of November.

  12. i'm president charlie! says: Oct 2, 2009 9:26 AM

    If the Steelers can find a way to win Sunday night they have Detroit and Cleveland next. Steelers could be 4-2 and right back on track.

  13. BENITO says: Oct 2, 2009 9:30 AM

    steel town_ sucked 6 little boys! you are just another garden variety tuff guy behind a keyboard…seek anger management!

  14. Bill In DC says: Oct 2, 2009 9:31 AM

    Can’t be on top forever. All teams go through cycles, Steeler’s just look to be starting the downside of a cycle. Most don’t end up with a SB at the top of the cycle tho, which the Steeler’s seem to do with regularity and they also seem to spend far less time in the trough of cycles than they do at the crest.

  15. SteelTown_6 says: Oct 2, 2009 9:46 AM

    “..# BENITO says: October 2, 2009 9:30 AM
    steel town_ sucked 6 little boys! you are just another garden variety tuff guy behind a keyboard…seek anger management!..”
    You’re just another idiot with internet access and no self-esteem. Your posts paint a clear picture of the life you lead. Pity.

  16. The Rural Juror says: Oct 2, 2009 9:48 AM

    Problem #1.
    Ben Roethligberger has been chewing bacon, not gum. Fatty-fat-fat!
    Oh and the whole team is complacent. The O-line, kicking game, WRs suck and the defense showed how much they really rely on Troy.
    Good day, sir.

  17. Roboto says: Oct 2, 2009 9:50 AM

    Um, Hype? Actually, the offensive line hasn’t been that bad. It’s the defense that has been losing games for the Steelers. And, Roethlisberger has been playing well, overall.
    Ok, Hype…who is your team? Steelers may not win a thing this year. But, I bet they still have more going for them than your club.

  18. righthereisay says: Oct 2, 2009 9:54 AM

    The Steelers are 2 missed field goals away from a “Steelers poised to repeat” headline.
    Yes, they have some issues. The Ravens gave up huge points to the Chiefs and Chargers so they have some issues to, even at 3-0.
    I have a dream that some day football analysts will look at more than just the overall record of a team.

  19. Paul_R. says: Oct 2, 2009 10:04 AM

    Florio, you comments summarized:
    “Defense can’t give up points late, Ben can’t toss pick 6′s, and the Steelers should run, run, run the football”
    Joe mentioned the O-line.
    The Steelers’ offense, at this point, is clearly the problem. Their receivers have dropped multiple catchable passes, most notably Santonio Holmes. Sweed dropped a TD pass, but Holmes did also and much more.
    The O-line was a problem last year and they’re still a problem. They’ve had nothing but problems opening up holes for the running backs and they’re a sieve when “protecting” the quarterback. Roethlisberger will end up on his back as often this year as the past two and, very likely, will suffer an injury that costs him a game or more.
    They’ve allowed 50 points, tied for 7th in the NFL. Even without Polamalu, the defense is more than adequate. One man didn’t make the Steelers defense the best in the NFL last season and it won’t be the difference this season either.
    The offense has scored 47 points in 3 games, 8th from the bottom, averaging just under 16 per game. That, in the NFL, just doesn’t cut it and that’s the reason they’re 1-2.
    Whatever they need to fix, it’s not on the defensive side of the ball.

  20. Holeinone09 says: Oct 2, 2009 11:46 AM

    I would rather have them sputtering early on that late in the season. Anything can happen in any game, and any team is capable of winning. That is why you have to look at the whole season and not just 3, 4 or 5 games.
    I hope they are learning from their mistakes made, that they can make improvements. The running game has got to get better and the O-line has to continue improving. Still not sure whey they don’t even look at Runyan. Wallace looks like a real high quality player that nobody expected for the #3 WR this year. I also would like to see them use the no-huddle more often, even early in the game; they seem to have a better rhythm and more productivity when they use that. Getting Troy back will be huge of course.
    I am looking forward to being in attendance at the SD game this weekend and getting back on the winning track, then facing Lions and Brownies to hit 4-2 and end this talk of a collapse.
    GO STEELERS!!

  21. Hap says: Oct 2, 2009 12:13 PM

    Florio looks like Pinocchio.

  22. daffy87 says: Oct 2, 2009 12:25 PM

    Roethlisberger is the most overrated QB in the NFL, the media is always trying to add him with guys like Brees,Manning, and Brady and he just isn’t that good. He’s never thrown for 4,000+ yards in a season, and he’s only thrown for 20+ touchdowns in a season once. Last year when they won a ring he threw 17 TD nad 15 INT…hes just not that great, the media continues to cream their jeans over him though.

  23. hayward giablommi says: Oct 2, 2009 12:42 PM

    “Roethlisberger is the most overrated QB in the NFL, the media is always trying to add him with guys like Brees,Manning, and Brady and he just isn’t that good. ”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    As someone who hates Pittsburgh passionately, I have to disagree. I might have agreed with you 3 or 4 years ago, but not anymore. He is a top 5 NFL QB.

  24. Roboto says: Oct 2, 2009 12:43 PM

    Roethlisberger has 2 rings. Brees none. Manning, just one.
    Screw you, Daffy Duck.

  25. whiteypitt says: Oct 2, 2009 12:48 PM

    dafy87, he is a franchise quarterback, something that 2/3 (or more) of the teams in the league don’t have.
    He has 2 Super Bowl wins in 5 years. He went to the AFC Championship game as a rookie.
    Plus, he has a hell of a lot of 4th quarter/overtime comeback wins under his belt.
    The fact is, in a nutshell is that we live in the day and age where fantasy football stats are the end-all be-all of how we view players, specifically QBs. Give me a QB that wins while throwing for 220 yards a game over a QB that throws for 400 YDs and 6 TDs, yet has never won a big game in his life.
    I am sure other pure football fans will agree with me. Roethlisberger is a winner, pure and simple. He’s the most clutch QB in crunch time in the league right now, and all those comebacks are the proof.

  26. i'm president charlie! says: Oct 2, 2009 12:56 PM

    daffy – separate yourself from fantasy and step into reality.

  27. Holeinone09 says: Oct 2, 2009 1:06 PM

    Big Ben is the best QB in the league when it comes to making something happen. Considering the O-line problems that have been talked about ad nauseum here, he extends plays better than anyone and makes throws on the move better than anyone. Have you seen what Brady does when he has to scramble? He is terrible if he can’t stand there like a statue.
    In the past, the Steelers have been able to run the ball so they didn’t have to pass like many other teams have done. They have also had a great defense, and then closed the second half out by running the ball so Ben didn’t have to post huge stats. In the first game this year, he put up big numbers when they couldn’t run the ball.
    I would pick Ben over any other QB in the league overall right now. A big tough scrambling QB who can take a hit a make a big throw while on the run. He is clearly a winner. Look at his accomplishments, how many wins he has at his age, how many Super Bowl wins, and don’t make a fool out of yourself.
    GO STEELERS!!

  28. swepsgirl18 says: Oct 2, 2009 1:06 PM

    is steeler-hater one of the guys who’s mommie will not let him live in the real world? It seems he always has something bad to say but we never hear what team he is a fan of. My guess is there is none. he’s a “band wagoner” whomever is playing good is “his” team. True fans love thier team thru the good, the bad, the ugly. Even the fat. Seeing as Ben is chewing bacon instead of gum. Who cares. I have to agree with the other…6 trophies should say something to all. Bills went 4 years in a row and came up empty handed all 4 times….do the Bills fans still love thier Bills of course they do. So Steeler fans will love them regardless and idiots like this guy are just that..IDIOTS! Win or loose they are still a great bunch of guys. And if history repeats itself the winning teams may just go down in flames in November or December and then what will this jackass say then. Let them play football and ONLY in Feb will anyone be able to say why the Steelers are off or any other team for that fact. I’m just hoping some idiot stomps on the Terrible Towel again this year because each time they do it ends up being another trophy on the wall……. put that in your pipe steeler-hater and smoke it. Get a life and leave mommie’s house and become a real man if you have any idea of what that statement means. And leave the little girls alone in the process. Only immature, worthless imbiciles have the time to sit around and comment on this crap. No wonder so many women turn to lesibians…look at the type of mem in this world for them to consider a relationship with. By the way I’m straight and I LOVE THE STEELERS!

  29. daffy87 says: Oct 2, 2009 1:14 PM

    Ok Roboto by your logic Trent Dilfer > Dan Marino ? Rings aren’t all that counts, I firmly stand by my statement that big ben is insanely overrated.

  30. BENITO says: Oct 2, 2009 1:35 PM

    SteelTown_6 says:
    You’re just another idiot with internet access and no self-esteem. Your posts paint a clear picture of the life you lead. Pity.
    good one buddy! the fact that you only have the steelers to look forward to paints a clear picture of your life as well. toothless, uneducated, redkneck, alcoholic, and a self loathing homosexual.

  31. steeler-hater says: Oct 2, 2009 1:43 PM

    daffy87 says:
    October 2, 2009 12:25 PM
    Roethlisberger is the most overrated QB in the NFL, the media is always trying to add him with guys like Brees,Manning, and Brady and he just isn’t that good. He’s never thrown for 4,000+ yards in a season, and he’s only thrown for 20+ touchdowns in a season once. Last year when they won a ring he threw 17 TD and 15 INT…hes just not that great, the media continues to cream their jeans over him though.
    ————————————————-
    That’s what I mean. Toothlessberger is an average NFL QB, at best.
    This season will be the proof of just how good (or bad) Toothy really is. If he is in the Manning/Brady/Brees class of QB, he will be able to help his team overcome their terrible running game, the iffy kicking game, the poor OL play, and the erratic 4th quarter performance of the defense.
    Truly great QBs like Brady or Manning can overcome a lot of things like this consistently. Toothy hasn’t shown that. Besides, like Dafy87 said, his numbers don’t show this. The Squealer fans focus so hard on a few times he led some comebacks they think he is another Roger Staubach or something.
    They are so desperate to make this guy into the next Manning brother. The trouble is, he just ain’t as good as Peyton or Eli Manning. He’s more like ”Clay” Manning…
    http://www.theonion.com/content/node/55329
    lol!

  32. Roethlisberger's Bitch Tits says: Oct 2, 2009 1:52 PM

    Ben’s been money this year and its been the d that hasn’t been able to close. The o-line is no different from last year, they are having hiccups running but that will get fixed. Polamalu is no a proven commidity.

  33. Holeinone09 says: Oct 2, 2009 2:18 PM

    Hey hater and daffy, if Ben had the O-line protection that Brady and Manning have historically had, he could probably throw for 5000 yards and 40 TDs a season. But he hasn’t had that. Steelers have also typcially had a better running game, and burned the clock late in the game with Bettis instead of having to pass to stay in the game or catch up. That is what Super Bowl winners can afford to do, and it keeps passing stats down. Doncha think?
    And tell me how do those 2 QBs perform when on the run scrambling? They don’t. Ben does. did you see Brady against the Jets? He was terrible, while Ben has to do that on every play and make something positive happen 90%+ of the time. Watch the games and try to have a shred of creditility when you post about something. Otherwise, you are just a laughing stock.
    Ben ALREADY has 2 SB wins in his short career. How many does the great Manning have? And what else really matters in the NFL but winning the Super Bowl?
    Case closed.
    GO STEELERS!!

  34. swepsgirl18 says: Oct 2, 2009 2:45 PM

    Once again this idiot steeler-hater is digging his own grave. If I recall correctly all the the above QBs have had bad times. So what’s the big deal if Ben has a rough patch? Name 1 QB that hasn’t ran into the same issues. So what if Ben is a total jerk and can’t ride a motorcycle with out a helmet. Brady had a helmet on and look what happened to his leg. Look at Joe Montana..he was in his prime and got his leg busted. From now on I think steeler-hater should research his findings and facts (if that’s what you call them) and leave the mommie info alone. Growm up moron. you are a worthless idiot and have no desire to be a real fan. Why not crawl back under that rock you can from and get back to the cartoon network you so much thrive to live in.

  35. Paul_R. says: Oct 2, 2009 2:54 PM

    Ben has been “money” this year?
    The Steelers’ offense has scored 13, 14, and 20 points so far in 3 games. That averages to 15 2/3 points per game. Is that the offense getting it done? They are 8th from the bottom, or … 25th in the league in scoring. Bottom quarter of the league. That’s hardly the defense’s fault. The defense might not have held a lead in the 4th quarter against the Bengals, but just how difficult is it for a NFL team to score more than 14 points, like the Steelers scored in the second game, or the 13 points like they scored in their first game? 75% of all NFL teams are averaging more!
    “The o-line is no different from last year” and that’s the crux of the problem with the entire offense. Last year, the running game was 23rd in the league, under 100 yards per game. Ben was sacked 46 times last year and 47 the year before. He also suffered severely bruised ribs from one sack in the playoffs and a severe concussion from another sack against Cleveland last year. How many more sacks before the bruise becomes something broken or the concussion keeps him out of football for a game or several games?
    Yes, Roethlisberger can scramble, but he’s been beaten up as much as any quarterback in these past two seasons and his body isn’t going to take the same kind of punishment for much longer. And, Steelers fans can scream at Parker, Mendenhall, and Moore about getting more yards on rushes, but if the lousy O-line can’t open holes, you can expect to see many more tackles behind the line of scrimmage like I saw during these past few games. The O-line is a sieve, the weakest part of the Steelers offense.
    And, finally, last year, with Ben’s several comebacks, isn’t it a very real possibility that if he’d had better protection and if the O-line could open better holes for the running backs, that the Steelers would have been a bit ahead in the score and not needed a last-drive comeback? You betcha it’s possible.

  36. Hype says: Oct 2, 2009 3:22 PM

    Roboto says: October 2, 2009 9:50 AM
    Um, Hype? Actually, the offensive line hasn’t been that bad. It’s the defense that has been losing games for the Steelers. And, Roethlisberger has been playing well, overall.
    Really…I can’t argue with you that Roethlisberger has been playing well..he has..never said otherwise. But the Offensive line….27th in rushing and given up 7 sacks. I have no idea how many times Big Ben has been pressured/hurried/hit, but I would assume its alot. So yea the Offensive line HAS been that bad.

  37. steeler–hater says: Oct 2, 2009 3:25 PM

    “steeler-hater says: October 2, 2009 1:43 PM ”
    I don’t know which amazes me more.
    The fact that you have absolutely nothing better to do ALL day than put your unbelievably mind-numbing imbecility on display, or the fact that you seem to have perfected it to an absolute art form.

  38. steeler-hater says: Oct 2, 2009 4:38 PM

    Holeinone09 says:
    October 2, 2009 2:18 PM
    Hey hater and daffy, if Ben had the O-line protection that Brady and Manning have historically had, he could probably throw for 5000 yards and 40 TDs a season. But he hasn’t had that. Steelers have also typcially had a better running game, and burned the clock late in the game with Bettis instead of having to pass to stay in the game or catch up. That is what Super Bowl winners can afford to do, and it keeps passing stats down. Doncha think?
    And tell me how do those 2 QBs perform when on the run scrambling? They don’t. Ben does. did you see Brady against the Jets? He was terrible, while Ben has to do that on every play and make something positive happen 90%+ of the time. Watch the games and try to have a shred of creditility when you post about something. Otherwise, you are just a laughing stock.
    Ben ALREADY has 2 SB wins in his short career. How many does the great Manning have? And what else really matters in the NFL but winning the Super Bowl?
    Case closed.
    GO STEELERS!!
    ———————————————
    Give the Mannings the Steelers’ defense and they would have won the last 5 Super Bowls in a row.
    If you are even suggesting that old Toothy is as good a QB as Peyton Manning then you are truly insane. Toothy only has 2 rings because of the team’s defense. He was just along for the ride.
    His stats prove this. When’s the last time you saw Peyton Manning have only 17 TDs but with 15 INTs?
    That is subpar play by anybody’s standards… anybody’s except Squealer fans, that is…

  39. Stuart Scotts left eye says: Oct 2, 2009 7:53 PM

    teams that win SB’s through their defense ALWAYS have a hickup the next year. It’s a scientific fact. And even though I love my Chargers, the Steelers will bring their A game on Sunday in Heinz. If the Chargers expect to win they are going to have to pry that game out of their. The Steelers are not going to want to lose 3 in a row, period.

  40. Deb says: Oct 3, 2009 12:11 PM

    Hello, steeler-hater … Ben doesn’t have the same stats Brady and Manning have because Pittsburgh hasn’t traditionally run a high-flying offense. The argument that pairing Brady and Manning with Pittsburgh’s defense would have resulted in five consecutive trophies doesn’t compute. First, those guys (especially Brady) weren’t exactly playing with a pitiful second-class defenses. Second, if Brady in particular had been playing behind Pittsburgh’s o-line the last two years, his broken body would have been carted off the field on a stretcher.
    It’s nice that Ben wants to give props to his o-line and when he holds onto the ball for 30 seconds, they deserve them. But when opposing defenses streak through like lightning leaving the o-linemen looking at their backs, that’s a problem of personnel or coaching that Pittsburgh needs to address. It happens–and too often.
    Troy Polamalu is an extraordinary player, Florio, but one superstar does not a #1 defense make. Remember the defensive MVP? Either the defense got caught up in the post-championship hype or the vets have all started feeling their age at the same time. I’m betting it’s the hype and they’ll stop the bleeding before it’s too late. We’re too missed field goals and one missed tackle (Farrior last week) from being 3-0. Way too soon to panic.

  41. Deb says: Oct 3, 2009 12:53 PM

    Oops, that was supposed to be “two missed field goals”–though too is right as well. Too many. Jeff, Jeff, Jeff. Come on, man.

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