The NFL has been weird this year. A lot of crazy stuff has happened. The Bills for 2 weeks play awful, then they go out and crush the Vikings. The Patriots look lost, the Bengals are leading the AFC North, the Browns got win, Watson has been underwhelming, and so much more. I could go on and on about this years craziness. But something that’s been very surprising this year that we are going to talk about today, is, the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are sitting at 1-1-1, which is tied for 3rd in the AFC North. They recently beat the Buccaneers and Fitzmagic on Monday Night Football, but other than that, they have not looked good. They’re not struggling because of talent issues. In fact- they probably have one of the best rosters in the NFL. Though it’s surprising the Steelers are struggling, it’s not surprising at the same time. It’s pretty obvious why the Steelers are struggling: The drama.
If you pay attention to football news in general, you probably have heard of a Steelers play doing something. And that’s something(other than highlights) aren’t normally good. For the past couple years, the Steelers have had great rosters. The drama killed their chance to get to the next level. Now, the drama is taking them down. Now, it’s way too early to write the Steelers off, but they’ve easily taken a step back. Let’s look at what in the past has contributed to them struggling now, and the current drama that is hurting them even more today.
Looking ahead to the Patriots:
The Steelers are a team that seems to always play down to its competition. The reason why, is, they’re always looking at the bigger game. A great example of this was last year. About 4 to 5 days before the Steelers played the Jaguars in the divisional round, Mike Mitchell(who was a horrible locker room presence and a dirty player) was looking ahead to the Patriots. He talked about how the Steelers would beat them wherever. As you may remember, the Steelers lost. They always seem to look at the bigger game, and that hurts them. It hasn’t hurt the Steelers yet this year, but the Steelers are already playing down to teams again. They can’t do that if they want to win the competitive AFC North.
Roethlisberger is undoubtedly a great quarterback. However, the drama he brings isn’t so great. Roethlisberger has been surrounded by drama dating back to his college days. The past couple years, he’s been extremely dramatic. He’s been threatening retirement for almost 3 years now. To be prepared if something did happen, the Steelers drafted Mason Rudolph in the 3rd round. Roethlisberger wasn’t happy about this(even though he was the cause of it) and was a massive diva about it. He went public about how he wasn’t going to help Rudolph. He seems to be always saying something questionable in interviews. Most recently, he’s been caught up in a situation which “terrified” Stormy Daniels. Now who knows if that’s true, but it’s more drama regardless. Bug Ben is always caught up in situation, and that distracts the Steelers from the game if football.
Antonio Brown is undoubtedly the best receiver in the game. However, drama follows him. He’s basically a diva. Whenever the ball doesn’t go to him, he’s known to yell at coaches, and throw fits. One time, he went as far to throw around Gatorade jugs. There was a video that was just released about a week ago of him yelling at his coaches while the Steelers were losing to the Chiefs. He made the mistake of live streaming Mike Tomlin talking after a playoff win. That was a mistake because Mike Tomlin was talking a lot of trash about the Patriots. Recently, Antonio has made some questionable decisions on social media. He threaten to punch a reporter, decided to tweet the “trade me”(which he wasn’t asking to be traded.) and in a recent interview, he talked about his everybody wants to bring him down. He also made headlines when he mysteriously decided to not show up to practice a couple weeks ago. There’s always some type of drama following AB. It’s a constant distraction to the Steelers
You know the situation, I know the situation, we all know the situation. What Bell is doing right now is childish. But it goes further then that. His effort to make raps, the strip clubs, the weed, and his money hungry attitudes is all a distraction to the Steelers. His holdout currently is not only a distraction, but he’s hurting the team by not playing. He’s caused players to turn on him, and that will hurt chemistry. Bell has killed the Steelers this year.
Between all the drama, Mike Tomlin is at the center of it. It’s his job to put the Steelers in the best position to win, but he doesn’t do that. He just doesn’t do anything about the drama. He just lets Antonio Brown throw tempers. He doesn’t punish him for it. He just lets Roethlisberger cry like a baby. Having a non discipline team has killed the Steelers. That’s exactly why they’ve struggled to win the big games. Teams like the Patriots are disciplined, and that’ll always beat the undisciplined team. Steelers not being disciplined has let them drop down to other teams talent, and those games are closer than it should be. Mike Tomlin has lost the Steelers. He’s been riding on high end talent. He needs to get them under control, or the Steelers could possibly collapse.
The Steelers have a great roster. But the drama has been slowly bringing them down, and sitting at 1-1-1, things are not looking amazing. They need to put the drama aside if they want to make the playoffs this year.