Monday, September 23, 2013
Miserable start continues for Steelers
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- A 40-23 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday night exposed a widely held notion as the myth it has been through the first three weeks of the season: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s brilliance is enough to mask the problems of the Steelers’ offense.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Dejan Kovacevic re-visits his preseason prediction for the Steelers and notes that the team has surprised him, albeit not in a good way. As Kovacevic writes, there are so many issues facing this team that it is crazy to think the Steelers can get things turned around.
Steelers Digest’s Bob Labriola writes that the Steelers have to overcome their myriad problems in a tabloid atmosphere where any little sign of dissension will be magnified. But, Labriola says, the Steelers have brought it on themselves with their struggles and the fact that they have set the bar so high with their past success.
Beaver County Times’ Chris Bradford writes that offensive coordinator Todd Haley has plenty of company when it comes to the blame game. Roethlisberger had to shoulder much of the blame after the loss to the Bears because of his four turnovers.
Here are a couple of perspectives from beat writers Ed Bouchette and Alan Robinson. Bouchette of the Post-Gazette writes that the Steelers will try to avoid their first 0-4 start in 45 years when they travel to London.