Playoffs NFL 2021 Steelers have 12 seasons without winning the Super Bowl
Con la Sunday’s 48-37 loss to the Cleveland Browns In the wild card round, the Steelers went 12 seasons without lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy and 10 years of not appearing in the biggest game of the season.
Without a doubt, the Steelers’ winning streak was impressive during the start. While the record they ended up with (12-5) the regular campaign was fantastic; but after a humiliating start in the first quarter and the final development of the duel Against the Browns, the compelling question pops up: why did the Steelers lose?
Inside linebacker Devin Bush was one of many players who suffered a cruciate ligament fracture; it was in week 6 against Cleveland. Prior to the injury, the top pick in the 2019 draft had played all snaps on defense.
Also linebacker but external. Bud Dupree, in his sixth season with the Steelers, suffered the same injury as his partner in Week 12 against the Ravens. He finished the season with 20 solo tackles, five for loss of yards, eight sacks to the quarterback and two forced fumbles; in just 8 seasonal games.
The defense against the race weakened after the loss of two extremely important men in that field.
Were the 32nd offense in rushing yards per game at 82.5, and they were the worst team in yards per carry at 3.6. In a league where possession time normally dictates the outcome of the match, the Steelers couldn’t find a reliable running back throughout the season.
James Conner ran for just 721 yards on 169 attempts, it is clear that the future of the backfield in the team will not be in the hands of the graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and selected in position 105 overall.
With the score 35 -23 at the start of the 4th quarter, the coach Mike Tomlin decided to punt rather than play the fourth chance and one yard to go. However, the lousy night for the franchise does not fall on that decision entirely.
Offensive coordinator Henry Fitchtner has already completed his cycle on staff. He came in 2007 to be up close with wide receivers, then he went to the quarterbacks and from 2018 he took the reins of the offense, where he has seen little creativity and lack of judgment in decisive situations.
It is time to start having a plan for the future in the most important position of the team. Ben Roethlisberger completed his 17th season in the NFL and despite continuing with great flashes, the deterioration of ‘Big Ben’ is noticeable. With two high-end jewelry rings on her hand and six ProBowl appearances, her path may have come to an end and another begins toward Canton, Ohio. where the Hall of Fame awaits.
In the next draft there is talent but not enough to cover all your needs. They must consider what their first need is.