Fairly a big group of individuals have deserted ship so far as the Pittsburgh Steelers go, as least so far as it issues the 2021 season, or regardless of the final gasps of the Ben Roethlisberger period entails. With the draft being their major avenue of buying expertise, maybe some might have modified their minds by now.
If that’s the case, it hasn’t occurred over at ESPN, the place on a four-member panel on the Get Up program, three of them, together with former Steelers security Ryan Clark, selected Pittsburgh because the AFC group that can fail to return to the playoffs after reaching it a yr in the past.
“I do know that is unhealthy, however hear, I’m gonna go along with the Pittsburgh Steeler”, Clark mentioned. “That is Mike Tomlin attempting to determine what he’s going to do with Ben Roethlisberger, what he’s going to do with this run recreation. Sure, they’ve an elite-level protection, even with dropping Bud Dupree, however to me, they’re the third-best group within the AFC North, and being that, they don’t make the playoffs, even with seven groups now getting in”.
Roethlisberger’s former teammates actually haven’t been shy this offseason about saying publicly that they consider he’s finished, notably in terms of his former defensive teammates, like Ike Taylor. Others have been extra cautious, like Jerome Bettis, nevertheless it’s clear that he has by no means confronted this degree of doubt earlier than in his profession.
Dan Graziano was yet one more member of the panel choosing the Steelers because the AFC group who wouldn’t return to the postseason this yr, emphasizing the energy of the AFC North, which despatched three groups to the postseason final yr, with two profitable video games (together with one intra-divisional recreation).
“I don’t see, on paper, now they’re an excellent group”, he mentioned. “I do know they’ll lean on Ben Roethlisberger, they’ll lean on Mike Tomlin, however that’s quite a lot of leaning, and never quite a lot of different locations to do it, particularly in a division the place the Cleveland Browns seem like a really robust roster, perhaps as robust as any within the convention. And the Baltimore Ravens nonetheless have Lamar Jackson and a group that all of us thought was able to dominate the league a yr in the past”.
It actually doesn’t sound good for the Steelers to inform ESPN inform it, however the excellent news is that the NFL truly performs video games to resolve who wins, quite than accepting the prevailing opinion. The Steelers have truly by no means completed worse than seventh within the AFC below Tomlin earlier than, and albeit I don’t see this being the yr that lastly occurs. There are nonetheless loads of mediocre to unhealthy groups going round.