Author Message
zhangzk    
A simple Alejandro Villanueva Jersey, 4-step plan for fixing the Pittsburgh Steelers There are a number of things — very pronounced, blindingly-evident things — that have prevented the Steelers from coalescing into the veritable Super Bowl contender they ostensibly were in the preseason.They’re currently ranked fourth in the NFL with 13 sacks, but it’s important to note that more than half of those sacks came in a single game against Tyrod Taylor. If Taylor were standing on the surface of the moon while a malevolent spaceman looked on — withholding oxygen until Taylor completed a pass — Taylor would rather stand there and asphyxiate than force a throw into coverage. At Heinz Field, where they’re currently 0-2, the Steelers have amassed only three sacks.Slows starts by the Steelers are not unprecedented. They lost four games in a row on the way to a 4-5 start in 2016, a season in which they advanced to the AFC Championship Game (where they were summarily demolished by the vile New England Patriots, but that’s neither here nor there). And last season — which saw them pace the AFC with 13 victories — it was a 30-9 home loss to Jacksonville in Week 5 that facilitated an overwhelming surfeit of pessimistic and defeatist takes. The general thinking is that this is all a natural part of the proceedings and they’ll figure it out eventually, probably when the weather starts to get cold. But this year feels different, gloomier, more panicky, more wow they-might-not-really-have-the-capacity-to-turn-this-thing-around. Last year, for instance, it was Ben Roethlisberger, of all people, who contributed to the Steelers’ bad start. In the aforementioned home loss to the Jaguars Authentic Vince Williams Jersey, he famously threw five bad interceptions and subsequently claimed post-game that perhaps he didn’t have it anymore. The defense, meanwhile, particularly the secondary (of all units), enabled the Steelers to win some games they maybe shouldn’t have won. It was a strange reality. But generally speaking, the consensus pointed to the eventuality that hey, there’s no way in Hell the secondary is actually this good, and that Ben would eventually stop whining so much and return to at least a Wal-Mart brand version of what he’d been during the previous 12 seasons. But there don’t seem to be any such assurances this season, which is why I’m gonna fire up the conjecture machine and craft an admittedly simplistic and very self-evident 4-point plan for returning this iteration of the Steelers to glory.Step 1: Be preparedIn their past three games at Heinz Field dating back to last season, the Steelers have spotted the opposition 56 points in the first quarter. Whether this is the result of the coaching staff failing to get the team game-ready, or the result of personnel not holding themselves accountable for figuring out things out (probably it’s a mixture of both), the fact that the Steelers have developed a penchant for coming out of the locker room flat is putting them in positions to lose. Step 2: Stick to the game-planOnce the Steelers have demonstrated their ability to prevent opponents from nabbing multi-possession leads before the ushers are done scanning tickets, they can implement offensive schematics more multifaceted in nature, as it’s impossible to commit to running the ball when there’s four minutes left in the first quarter and you’re already staring down the barrel of a 21-0 deficit. A cogent, well-balanced offensive game plan that features an omnivorous buffet of play-action, West Coast, stretch/toss plays, between-the-tackles runs, and deep passes should not only increase Pittsburgh’s scoring output and general offensive vitality Youth Bud Dupree Jersey, but should also better enable them to control time-of-possession and give the defense some much-needed downtime. Step 3: Experiment with the defenseThere’s no point asking the Steelers to “fix” the defense, as doing so would have the same effect as callously telling someone living on the street to get a job — they simply don’t have the wherewithal to promote such a miraculous turnaround.Pittsburgh is home to perhaps theNFL’s worst stable of defensive backs — which is a shame, because there are some talented names among these ranks. Their linebackers are good at stopping the run and proficient at rushing the passer, but not much else. So why not get cute with it? Try Sean Davis out at cornerback. Move Terrell Edmunds to linebacker. Play with three safeties. Sign Markus Wheaton and let him play cornerback. Grab some random DB off the street. Tyvon Branch is apparently a person who used to play safety. Jeremy Lane once did a convincing impression of a starting cornerback in Seattle. I don’t know — goof around with the schematics a bit or mix the personnel up a bit — but please don’t let Tyler Matakevich start in actual games of consequence. Do something, Keith Butler, please!Step 4: Stay positiveLe’Veon Bell hopefully is set to report back in Week 7, which would make him eligible to play in the Steelers’ Week 8 home match against Cleveland. Losing to Atlanta or Cincinnati (the odds of them losing at least one of these games are very, very high) honestly isn’t gonna totally sink their postseason hopes (but losing both might, so yikes). So if the Steelers can simply tread water and enter the bye at like 2-3-1 (or 3-2-1), I think returning an All-Pro offensive dynamo to the fray will be an encouraging development. But regardless of when or if Bell returns and what version of Bell the Steelers get, Pittsburgh will contend so long as Ben Roethlisberger is doing his thing, especially if JuJu Smith-Schuster, Antonio Brown, Vance McDonald, and the rest of the offense continue to assist Ben in doing his thing. There’s also the issue of Mike Tomlin, who is seen below:He’s still never had a losing season, guys. Have some faith in the man. The 3-2-1 Steelers are on a bye this week, which leads me to wonder what (if anything) will occur during the break. At the risk of that getting old rather fast (and because my editor has decided that I need to do something) http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jesse-james-jersey, I’ve decided to predict the games of Cleveland, Baltimore and Cincinnati as well. With these storylines and more, I’ve compiled a list of predictions (some basic, and some utterly idiotic) to look for in Week-7.As much as I, and all of Steeler Nation, want an upgrade at corner...nothing happens during the bye week and fans hopelessly await the deadline looking for action that never transpires.Vontaze Burfict violently vandalizes Antonio Brown’s Halloween decorations at his residence. Inspired by the NFL, the local authorities feel a fine, no matter the amount, is punishment enough.Le’Veon Bell continues to stay away, but the media still lies in wait believing he’ll be there in time for Cleveland.In an elaborate scheme to perform a TD celebration, JuJu Smith Schuster pulls a 21 Jump Street and tries to pass himself off as a high school transfer student and attempts to play for the Richland High School Rams in Johnstown. Nobody from my alma mater realizes that I gave Brandon Bailey’s 9-0 squad a mention.Vance McDonald saves pedestrians as he stiff arms a speeding Prius that ignores the traffic signals to yield.Vontaze Burfict attempts to disembowel Patrick Mahomes. However, the great enabler known as Marvin Lewis looks the other way and complains that the refs missed calls in their 38-35 shootout loss to KC.The Ravens finally give up a second half touchdown, but Drew Brees fails to become the third qb in history to beat all 32 teams as the Saints fall to Baltimore 27-23.Cleveland defeats Tampa Bay 34-20 on the road. In celebration, Baker Mayfield storms the pirate ship and plants a Browns flag smack dab in the middle of the poop deck....Will any of this actually happen? I’ll bet at least one or two. Heck, maybe every one of them. Be sure to post your predictions — basic or bizarre — below.