PITTSBURGH -- Steel City wake-up call: morning links
The Steelers bottomed out across the Atlantic Ocean Sunday in their 34-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. At least the Steelers have to hope they did following their first 0-4 start since 1968.
The bye is next for the Steelers, and there won’t just be a lot of soul searching at team headquarters during a shortened work week for the players. Coach Mike Tomlin tersely said changes may also be coming after a furious rally fell short at London’s Wembley Stadium.
A change of scenery did not help the Steelers flip what has been an all-too-familiar script. And just as tiresome as the shoddy play that resulted in the team going 0-for-September is the belief, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gene Collier opines, that some cling to about why the Steelers are still winless. If the Steelers think they are just a couple of plays from turning losses into wins, Collier, writes, they are deluding themselves.
The Steelers, in reality are a mess, and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Dejan Kovacevic writes that the unfamiliar sights extended to the locker room after the game. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said the Steelers may be the worst team in the NFL.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac handed out his grades, and let’s just say he did not grade on a curve based on the Steelers’ first three games.
One player who received high marks was Le’Veon Bell. The rookie running had a solid NFL debut, rushing for two touchdowns. Not that he was in a celebratory mood afterwards. As Bell said of his two touchdowns, the Steelers needed one more from him to win.