Right now let’s face it – the Steelers offense isn’t very good. Take away that nifty 50-yard TD run on their first offensive play of OT vs the Falcons, and the black and gold haven’t crossed the goal-line once.
Now with that said, this week is another shot to right that wrong, though most seem to think with Charlie Batch running the team from under center it will be another slug it out affair that will come down to the defense making plays and not turning the ball over.
In watching the Mike Tomlin Presser on Tuesday, it has become apparent that Ed Bouchette, Steelers long time and I feel excellent beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, seems to feel this offense isn’t very good, and even with the insertion of a $100 million dollar QB in two weeks it still might not get up to speed for sometime into the 2010 season.
My question is – why?
How much of the Steelers offense is to blame on Bruce Arians, the play caller that seems to draw the ire of Steeler Nation on a weekly basis?
Or is it an offensive line that has been put together with glue, string, and band-aids?
Is it the running backs not getting the job done? Or maybe not enough plays from the wide out core?
Personally, most of the blame I feel does fall on Arians at this point, and I am not one to just pile on him like a lot of fans have done in recent history.
Case and point in week one vs the Falcons, he had Dennis Dixon, a Kordell Stewart clone, and never had one run designed for the QB to try and make something happen. Instead, it was a rather cut and dry gameplan that could have and should have gotten creative to take advantage of the players on the field.
Against the Titans, again, it would have been nice to see a gadget or two with a team that was struggling to find the end zone with plenty of chances. Now Arians wasn’t the one that dropped passes like a couple players did, but again, you have to put your players in a position to win, and I don’t feel he is doing that.
For this week and possibly next you know the team is going to have Batch and possibly next week Byron Leftwich under center. While I wouldn’t doubt if the team can find a way to get the ball into the end zone this week (against the Bucs), next week won’t be so easy against the rival Ravens at home.
So now is the time to start to develop a game plan that can be successful, as well as one that will put the players on the field in the best position to make plays and win games. Otherwise, this great 2-0 start could easily be gone by the time the franchise QB returns October 17th.