Hard To Believe, But It's A Hall Of Fame QB That Keeps The Steelers Hopes Afloat, Nothing Else
We all know what occured yesterday. You can read all the details on a more reputable site. The Post-Gazette's Joe Starkey & Ed Bouchette both explain in great detail what happened and what needs to happen in order to hold onto their prominence in the AFC. It's lucky that the Steelers are currently in a weak North division because their time on top of the totem pole is something that's running out. Fast.
Big Ben's tower only has one or two more spins around the clockface (that's being generous considering the foreshadowing he's been casting these past two seasons or so) and he proved Sunday that he is truly the only reason for the Steelers' relevancy. Antonio Brown is the best receiver in the biz, but tell that to an Oakland Raiders' Randy Moss. You only can be good as the person who's throwing it to you. Yes, Ben had an awful first half against the Jags, but his second half completely redeemed those faults with spot-on touch passes into the end zone. It's a shame the coaches and coordinators didn't make the similar adjustments with changes in the gameplan, but the organization currently isn't structured like that.
In the hive of the Black & Gold, the sole provider is Big Ben, and once he splits, the Steelers aren't going to have anyone to produce for the surrounding talent. Those talents, while some of the best in the game, don't have structure in what is a rotting hive. Haley hasn't shown it on offense, Butler (and LB coach Porter) hasn't on defense and Tomlin hasn't when it boils down to the tactical game.
Therefore, all the pressure, all the weight falls on the shoulder pads of #7. He's got plenty of talent surrounding him, but you buzz him out of the hive of the Three B's and all you have is pollen floating around.
Too bad everybody with a headset and clipboard is allergic.