When you’re struggling as much as the Steelers offense has been this season, it’s rarely an easy fix and there’s credibly multiple areas that need improved. With that said, Steelers fans and media are now debating which aspect of the offense is the most to blame for the failures of the unit overall.
My ranking of the Steelers offensive problems in order:
1. The offensive line sucks
2. Ben Roethlisberger
3. Play calling
4. The running game can’t get going (connects to 2)
5. WR drops and TE blocking
What’s your order?
— Mike J. Asti (@MikeAsti11) September 27, 2021
Many are pointing the finger at the Steelers 39-year-old quarterback. While Ben Roethlisberger is a lock to eventually be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his play dictates his best days are in the past and the end is very near. Roethlisberger threw 2 interceptions on Sunday in the loss to the Bengals, but more importantly, has continually failed to connect with open receivers this season.
Now since it’s true any quarterback would have a tougher time without blocking, others are bringing up the poor offensive line play as both why Roethlisberger hasn’t been effective and why rookie running back Najee Harris hasn’t been able to boost the running game like the team hoped.
The Steelers offense has 99 problems, but a horrible offensive line is its biggest one.
— Mike J. Asti (@MikeAsti11) September 26, 2021
It’s also fair to mention the play calling, and that would of course point to offensive coordinator Matt Canada. A defense of Canada would hinge on the argument he’s hampered by an aging quarterback and a weak offensive line. His system does require blocking.
The receivers are still dropping passes, but injuries aren’t helping their cause. Diontae Johnson, who was emerging as the number one option, missed the Week 3 game and JuJu Smith-Schuster left the game with an injury.
It’s clear there’s not only one problem that’s derailing the Steelers offense, but which issue do you believe deserves the most blame?