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Final Word: Were the Steelers Overrated?



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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Anthony McFarland Jr. gets tackled against the San Francisco 49ers, Sept. 10, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

This offseason, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Omar Khan was revered as one of the NFL’s best decision-makers, with both his free-agent additions and draft-pick selections. Then, the Steelers blitzed through the preseason nearly flawlessly, with the first-team offense scoring a touchdown every time it took the field and the first-team defense never being scored against.

Did the combination of a well-regarded offseason and nearly flawless preseason cause many to think that the Steelers are farther along then they actually are entering the 2023 season?

Or was the season-opening blowout loss on Sunday more about the San Francisco 49ers just being that good, with Nick Bosa playing and looking like himself, the injury not slowing down George Kittle, and most importantly, Brock Purdy looking even better than he did before his 2022-ending UCL injury. While the Steelers struggled, the 49ers cemented themselves as Super Bowl contenders.

Or was it a third thing? Did we properly rate the Steelers, and they just played that much below their abilities in the season opener?

The WPXI Final Word panel of Jenna Harner, Alan Saunders, former NFL GM Doug Whaley and Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and 93.7 The Fan discussed the Steelers’ disastrous outing and what it means going forward. The panel also discussed Pitt’s loss to Cincinnati and quarterback Phil Jurkovec’s controversial comments about the fans, and looked ahead to the Backyard Brawl and the Steelers facing the Browns on Monday Night Football.

Lastly, Alan’s final word was about the lasting repercussions of Kenny Pickett’s struggles, and how they make any one loss pale in comparison to what a regression by the 2022 first-round pick might mean for the team going forward.

WPXI Final Word

Click for more of Alan Saunders and Dan Kingerski from Sports Now Group Pittsburgh on The Final Word on WPXI-TV Channel 11.

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Edward Carmichael
Edward Carmichael
September 12, 2023 9:05 am

as a true Steelers fan, no! the Steelers wasn’t overrated the sports media groups and Steelers haters with their rat poison had 0 expectation for the Steelers in 2023 then all the sports media groups and Steelers hates went by the Steelers preseason performance when they faced backups and the Steelers offensive line still needs to be rebuild