The Steelers are 0-4 for the first time in 45 years, leading some to ask what changes will be coming over the bye week.
According to running back Le’Veon Bell, not too many. Bell said Tuesday that the team isn’t planning to overhaul anything in an effort to halt their losing streak.
“We’re going to keep working. We’re not going to change nothing,” Bell said, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Eventually, things will start going our way. We’ve got to keep chipping away. Nothing is easy in the NFL, so we’ve got to keep chipping away.”
The point Bell’s making is clear, despite the double negative. Giants coach Tom Coughlin recently pointed out his own team hasn’t had a problem with effort on their way to 0-4 and effort hasn’t seemed to be the problem for the Steelers either. They’ve been beaten at the point of attack on both sides of the ball, have a -11 turnover ratio and have the fewest sacks of any team in the AFC. While the team can’t afford to dial back their effort, just chipping away at the same old thing isn’t likely to produce markedly different results.
That said, it’s going to be hard for the Steelers to implement any radical changes to their personnel or schemes four games into the regular season so they don’t have much recourse beyond hoping that things will eventually start going their way.