The Pittsburgh Steelers have not looked like themselves as of late. On the heels of a tie against the league-worst Detroit Lions and a disappointing loss to the LA Chargers last week, the team hit a new low with a blowout loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Going down 41-10, Pittsburgh now drops to 5-5-1 on the year. Though they can recover from this, things aren’t trending positively towards that. Former Steelers defensive back and ESPN analyst Ryan Clark reacted to the team’s recent loss on “Get Up.” He didn’t take too kindly to the results he’s seen.
“Nobody is scared to play this team. There’s absolutely no physicality, no energy defensively, no tone-setters [..] We wanna be cute right? We wanna be the team that everybody loves to be around […] Pittsburgh Football ain’t about having fun. Pittsburgh Football is about dominating people on the field because of your physicality. But that ain’t what y’all want. Y’all wanna live on the back of legends […] This Pittsburgh defense ain’t jack. They ain’t stopping a nosebleed. You better do something or this will be Mike Tomlin’s first losing season.”Ryan Clark
The Steelers have dealt with multiple injuries to their roster throughout the season. That said, they have to find a way to remedy their woes if they want to make something of the remaining year. In what could be a defining year for the future of this team, the pressure weighs heavier upon them by the week. Pittsburgh will host the Ravens next weekend, looking to regain form.
A changing of the guard?
The Steelers have attained much success in the past decades. A headlining NFL franchise, they’ve assumed dominance over their division as well as the league at large. However, time has become a crucial factor for their current situation.
With Sunday’s results, the Bengals have officially swept the Steelers for the first time in twelve years. When you also consider Pittsburgh’s loss to the Browns in last year’s playoffs, it begs the question of if the bottomfeeders of the old generation will soon become the class of the following and vice versa.
Moreover, Ben Roethlisberger has little time remaining in his NFL career. And given the difficulties of finding a franchise QB, it serves visions of a bleak future for Pittsburgh Football.