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Steelers’ starters struggle in tune-up at Philadelphia

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Last season, the Steelers were compromised by an 0-4 start.

And with the regular season a little more than two weeks away, it’s clear the 2014 Steelers have some things to clean up before the gates open.

In Thursday night’s 31-21 loss at Philadelphia, the Steelers surrendered 482 yards. Eagles star tailback LeSean McCoy riddled the Steelers for 50 yards on six touches in the first quarter, and Philadelphia quarterbacks combined to complete 31-of-43 attempts for 309 yards for the game.

The Steelers’ first-team offense didn’t manage a single point until about four minutes left in the third quarter, when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a 27-yard TD pass to tight end Heath Miller. By then, though, the Eagles’ defense was playing backups.

With Roethlisberger still a blue-chip quarterback, the Steelers’ offense should be a strength this season. And on their best, the Steelers are quite capable of garnering their first playoff spot since 2011.

But Thursday’s loss had to be an uncomfortable one for Pittsburgh. Yes, the game didn’t count, but here was an elite offense making Pittsburgh look . . . well, pedestrian. Maybe it’s nothing. But even if it’s nothing, it was a cringeworthy nothing.

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  1. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears, and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view says: Aug 21, 2014 11:26 PM

    First of all, the Steelers are built for December/January/February. Second, we didn’t start everyone. Third, this was a preseason game for us and it was their Super Bowl.

  2. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 21, 2014 11:27 PM

    The Steelers are flat our embarrassing!

  3. shakespeare22 says: Aug 21, 2014 11:31 PM

    The Stinkers are in for a long season.

  4. shakespeare22 says: Aug 21, 2014 11:32 PM

    Where was Shazier tonight? I thought we were fitting him for his gold jacket?

  5. 2blingluvinit says: Aug 21, 2014 11:33 PM

    Is that all you got !!! Gonna be a long season.

  6. tolan04 says: Aug 21, 2014 11:35 PM

    Embarrassing

  7. thetooloftools says: Aug 21, 2014 11:40 PM

    ..and Dallas went 0 – 4 in the pre season one year and won the Super Bowl.

  8. joemammy says: Aug 21, 2014 11:41 PM

    Ok…no more comments from Pittsburgh fans about the Browns lack of receivers. Cleveland won’t need them against this sagging defense.

    Better worry about the Browns’ stable of running backs. And their smashmouth defense’ too. Looks to me like the AFC North basement for the Steelers…

  9. o0omorriso0o says: Aug 21, 2014 11:42 PM

    I know its preseason but all I keep hearing is Chip will be back in college in 2015 and Eagles will miss DeSean Jackson, yada yada yada… I mean the backup offense scored two TDs against the Steelers starters for god sakes lol.

    I dont take a thing out of weeks 1 and 2 in the preseason. I take a little out of week 3 just because some “light” game planning goes in finally.

    Hate to say it Eagle haters but Chip and Foles and the Eagles offense (as well as their defense) look just fine to me…

  10. footballgod87 says: Aug 21, 2014 11:45 PM

    Herm’s Steelers might Not be such a lock to win the Afc North After all

  11. scout63 says: Aug 21, 2014 11:46 PM

    Look like a 6-10 team to me

  12. 2blingluvinit says: Aug 21, 2014 11:57 PM

    Hey Keisel, you sure you made the right choice..HaHaHa

  13. VenerableAxiom says: Aug 22, 2014 12:02 AM

    “Steelers are unlikely to really bottom out, and they are quite capable of competing for their first playoff spot since 2011.”
    ———————————-
    Really? Judging from this game, and the preseason in general they’ll be lucky to get to 8-8 again. Overrated, as usual.

  14. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 22, 2014 12:04 AM

    I don’t know which was worse: The offense or the defense. And to report that Roethlisberger played “well enough in his last major preseason work” would be an insult to the intelligence of those who actually, you know, watched the game.
    He fattened his stats against guys who will be selling used cars somewhere in a couple weeks.
    This was supposed to be the unveiling of an unstoppable “no huddle” offense in front of a hostile road crowd. By the time the Steelers’ first team offense scored, there were 15 close relatives in the stands.
    Tomlin’s teams have become far too comfortable with losing.

  15. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 22, 2014 12:05 AM

    the steelers don’t worry anybody at all. I’m not surprised they sucked tonight

  16. trollhammer20 says: Aug 22, 2014 12:07 AM

    Maybe part of the difference is the gap between the NFC and the AFC right now.

  17. cribbage12 says: Aug 22, 2014 12:07 AM

    Get rid of the pregame ganja party.

  18. icebowler says: Aug 22, 2014 12:08 AM

    Time to throw in the towel…it was truly terrible.

  19. mydogsnameisvick says: Aug 22, 2014 12:16 AM

    Steelers are always overrated.

  20. rav3nbav3n says: Aug 22, 2014 12:26 AM

    The Steelers defense will be the worst in the Afc North not even close. They have no dline other than a 35 year old Kiesel, there is no outside pressure, and the secondary can’t cover anyone. That’s bad news for Roethlisberger as he is 4-12 the last two years when the other team scores over 20. This team could easily go 4-12.

  21. rav3nbav3n says: Aug 22, 2014 12:40 AM

    AFC North Defensive rankings by position

    DL: 1. Ravens
    2. Bengals.
    3. Browns
    4. Steelers (By a very large margin)

    LB: 1. Cincinnati
    2. Ravens
    3. Browns
    4. Steelers ( By a very large margin)

    CB: 1. Browns
    2. Ravens (if healthy), Bengals
    4. Steelers( By a very large margin)

    S: 1. Browns
    2. Bengals
    3. Ravens, Steelers

    The Steelers defense will be pitiful this year. There will be a team that gets to 700 yds of offense against them this year.

  22. mshawn75 says: Aug 22, 2014 12:48 AM

    What was the “Steel Curtain” is now the “Old, and slow, like LeBeau” defense. Did they even know they were scheduled to play a game?

  23. swagger52 says: Aug 22, 2014 1:13 AM

    Steelers need to get back to their old formula. Find guys that are too old and stay away from pot-smoking youths. If they could do that, then they would be bridesmaids yet again to the Ravens.

  24. mancave001 says: Aug 22, 2014 1:16 AM

    Ha. The Birds took you apart with a base offense and second string defense most of the time. #FlyEaglesFly

  25. swagger52 says: Aug 22, 2014 1:22 AM

    The Steelers game was painful to watch, but then again in some ways it was really fun to watch. The Eagles were breaking Steelers sporks and stealing their applesauce.

    Sincerely Steve Smith Sr Ravens

  26. pc1976 says: Aug 22, 2014 1:29 AM

    I like the Steelers and hate to say this, but in reality they have an average offense, and the defense has been a combination of failed high draft picks and good veterans drafted in 2000/03.

    The offense will never get better or worse than mid-range, and despite Tuitt and Shazier being drafted, they’ve swung and missed on every high round defensive player since Polamalu in 2003.

    If you don’t agree, then ask Ricardo Colclough, Bryant McFadden, Anthony Smith, Lawrence Timmons, LaMarr Woodley, Ziggy Hood, Jason Worilds & Cameron Heyward (every Steeler defensive player drafted in r#1&2 2004-12)

  27. theheyseed says: Aug 22, 2014 1:30 AM

    Best line for this team ever.
    “it was a cringeworthy nothing”

  28. si1m says: Aug 22, 2014 2:55 AM

    Steelers fans desperately concocting excus

  29. mungman69 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:08 AM

    The Eagles looked ready, the Steelers, not so much. Big Ben and company may struggle to reach .500.

  30. dirtydrynn27 says: Aug 22, 2014 6:03 AM

    This is when Steeler fans bring up those old SBs!

  31. ace8842 says: Aug 22, 2014 6:14 AM

    The Steelers first string defense gave up 2 straight TD’s to the Eagles second string offense with Sanchez. Furthermore, the Eagles defense had been toasted the prior 2 weeks and the Steelers didn’t get a point until 4 minutes left in the 3rd quarter against backups.

  32. krabballs says: Aug 22, 2014 6:41 AM

    Maybe they were all stoned.

  33. mymanmccoy says: Aug 22, 2014 6:52 AM

    That’s how the whole league is going to make the stealers look this year!

  34. baltimorons says: Aug 22, 2014 6:53 AM

    This game was unwatchable with the amount of penalties that are being called this year. I imagine that it’s every game and not just this one. Do you think the owners and Roger GotoHell laugh at the number of viewers still watching, no matter how much they try to make it unbearable to watch? We are being punked.

  35. snake19whodey says: Aug 22, 2014 6:54 AM

    Basic principles never change in the NFL. If your bad up front, and the steelers are bad up front on both sides of the ball, it’s going to be very difficult to have a successful season. 7-9 or 8-8 this year. They can’t block!

  36. tg1896 says: Aug 22, 2014 7:12 AM

    Steelers are in deep doo-doo if they don’t make some adjustments ASAP. They looked clueless.

  37. jeffesky says: Aug 22, 2014 7:13 AM

    The experts said we the fan should look out for this mighty D but how can you play D if there are flags on each play. This performance shows this flag on each play policy is what the fans thought it was, NOT GOOD FOOTBALL! More importantly however is that the NFL has turned this product (the NFL) to crap with this number of flags. its unreal!!! For the first time in my life (i’m 44) I honestly turned the channel to watch MLB. Better get it fixed because you can’t take any plays seriously as all you do is look for the flag. This is pathetic, what fricking joke. Why even have a secondary, why not rush all 11 guys each play. So lets see were going to have the Sunday early game now going late into the start of the late games like never before. That should be awesome!!! When you have NFL officials as part of the booth broadcasts you know its fd up. Imagine officials in the booth of NBA,MLB and NHL games!! Soccer just may take over in the next 10 years because let me tell ya my 15 year old son and his friends sure are into MLS and the crowds at MLS games are young compared to fans at NFL games.

  38. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 22, 2014 7:19 AM

    Stick a fork in Tomlin. He is done.

  39. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Aug 22, 2014 8:05 AM

    If that was a tune up, the Steelers need a new mechanic.

  40. qdog112 says: Aug 22, 2014 8:27 AM

    Struggle is a nice word for it.

  41. bwisnasky says: Aug 22, 2014 9:00 AM

    but … but… but… We have 6 rings!

  42. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 22, 2014 9:02 AM

    Steeler stars?

    LOL

  43. 23rdusernameused says: Aug 22, 2014 9:04 AM

    Go Eagles! yeah, preseason sux, but good to see the Birds flying high! Watch out!

  44. ravensenvysteelers says: Aug 22, 2014 9:09 AM

    I saw an undisciplined, uninspired team of steelers out there…again. This is getting old Mike Tomlin

  45. ashleyschafferbmw says: Aug 22, 2014 9:29 AM

    Well if they played poorly in a preseason game, they might as well forfeit the entire regular season.

  46. ROSMITH51 says: Aug 22, 2014 9:35 AM

    The defense was just as much an issue. The Eagles came out in the third playing the 2nd and 3rd string on offense while the Steelers left their starting D in. The Steelers starting D which had been owned by the Eagles starters on offense then proceeded to get owned by the Eagles backups… pre-season or not, that’s not good.

  47. jtbsteeler says: Aug 22, 2014 9:36 AM

    We looked bad. Own it.

  48. rajbais says: Aug 22, 2014 9:44 AM

    Ike Taylor had at least 4 penalties last night.

    Is it the refs or is penalization the newest sign of aging?

  49. coachbeck says: Aug 22, 2014 9:57 AM

    Lol at whoever thought Pittsburgh were gonna push for the division or the playoffs

  50. thefootballgodssay says: Aug 22, 2014 10:05 AM

    2 things 2 take away from this game THE STEELERS STINK AND THE EAGLES LOOKED GOOD DO TO THE STEELERS STINKING

  51. stillers213 says: Aug 22, 2014 10:36 AM

    If that was any indication of how games will be officiated, then there is a very good chance I will be done watching football. Goodell’s meddling with the sport I spent my whole life enjoying has already pushed hockey to may favorite sport. Now that I’ve relocated to the west coast, there are just way too many better things to do than getting frustrated watching what has turned into the arena football league. You know it’s bad when I get annoyed even when it’s a call for my team.

  52. “I impacted the game and as an official you never want to do that," Bill Leavy said in reference to Super Bowl XL. "It left me with a lot of sleepless nights and I think about it constantly. I’ll go to my grave wishing that I’d been better.” says: Aug 22, 2014 11:12 AM

    The Steelers looked pathetic last night, just like how they normally look – old and tired.

  53. brettfavresmidget says: Aug 22, 2014 1:35 PM

    The Eagles looked good last night. They outmuscled the Stillers in all aspects of the game. But even though they were the more physical team, the Stillers just flat out looked bad. If the Stillers look like that in the regular season, they are gonna make many a trip behind the woodshed. Dare I say week 1 should be a competitive stinkfest? It’ll be like all of those Cowboy Vs. Redskins games where you can’t figure out which team wants it less.

  54. cincyalldaway says: Aug 22, 2014 2:08 PM

    footballgod87 says:
    Aug 21, 2014 11:45 PM
    Herm’s Steelers might Not be such a lock to win the Afc North After all
    =================================
    If Herm Edwards had a brain in his head, the NFL would take it out for concussion study. The guys a clown. Was a terrible coach and an even worst analyst.

  55. richardmswartz says: Aug 22, 2014 2:23 PM

    Eagles fan here, the Steelers definitely got a couple of speedy guys on offense so there is some potential. It seems their problem is their run game / short passing game isn’t dynamic. You really need somthing dynamic when running a blur type offense because one of the major aspect of that type of offense is your are trying to take advantage of superior aerobic conditioning. If you have it, the otherside will make miskates because of less oxygen to the brain. The problem is they don’t have the players to force those mistakes on defense.

  56. oldbyrd says: Aug 22, 2014 2:34 PM

    Bottom line, The Steelers played an up and coming young talented team that just needs time to become champions. All three of our QB’s can start in the NFL.

  57. oldbyrd says: Aug 22, 2014 2:37 PM

    I would like to add, if this is the officiating we are going to see, its going to be pathetic. LET EM PLAY Last nights game was horrible. I went to see officiating and a football game broke out. Disgusting. Leave our game alone

  58. ashleyschafferbmw says: Aug 22, 2014 4:24 PM

    The haters are cracking me up on here. PRESEASON give me a break, predicting they will win 2 game all year because of PRESEASON. You guys are ridiculous trolls

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