NFL Analyst Suggests Pittsburgh Steelers Go Back to Basics to Recover Form

Published 12/27/2020, 1:49 PM EST
Dec 21, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell Jr. (24) runs with the ball against Cincinnati Bengals safety Vonn Bell (24) and safety Jessie Bates III (30) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports


The Pittsburgh Steelers have lost a major chunk of their momentum over the past few weeks. After an excellent start to the season, in which they went 11-0, they have lost their past three games and looked extremely shaky.

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Their form over the past few weeks will be a concern for head coach Mike Tomlin. He will want to address these issues ahead of their playoff run.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were once Super Bowl favorites. But they look unlikely to get past the first round in the Playoffs.

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Oct 25, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) just prior to the start of the game against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports
NFL Analyst DeAngelo Hall spoke on Good Morning Football about the current situation for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He believes that the Steelers have lacked a sense of urgency while playing, something uncommon in Mike Tomlin’s teams.
He said, “For me, it is about getting back to the basics. I remember watching this Steelers team play my Washington Football Team.
“And just the sense of urgency, you weren’t used to seeing Mike Tomlin-coached football teams not play with a sense of urgency.” 

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Hall even criticized the offensive unit of the Steelers, especially for their passing. He pointed out star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and the responsibilities he was entrusted with.
“When you think about when they were 10-0, they were able to run the football. You see all those drops. These are easy passes that these guys made.
“Big Ben was supposed to be the reason this team took the next step. And it has been a lot of short quick passes. 1 for 14 when you talk about pushing the ball down the field further than 10 yards.”

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He believes that in order for the Steelers to improve, they must go back to the basics. Mike Tomlin must convince his team to focus on the simple things during the games.
“There’s a lot of mistakes that I feel like, if this team can get back to the basics, Mike Tomlin – put the shoulder pads on these guys.
“They’re doing the little things, but to me, it’s an internal problem. I think they still have all the pieces to be a functioning defense and a really explosive offense.” 

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Perhaps Mike Tomlin can get the team to play like their old selves. Time is ticking for the Steelers to improve ahead of the Playoffs. They must recover some momentum in their last regular-season games to have a chance in the post-season.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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