The Steelers are one of a handful of playoff teams from last season (joining the Bears, Falcons and Jets) off to less-than-inspiring 2-2 starts. In the process, the up-and-down Steelers have looked as average as their record suggests.
The Steelers are beat up. James Harrison is out a “number” of weeks, Ben Roethlisberger is hobbled, Rashard Mendhall is sidelined by a hamstring and the yearly game of injury roulette along the offensive line has already started.
But the biggest concern might be defensively, where the once-dominant Steelers have been run over by the Ravens and Texans. So is all hope really lost for the Steelers, who rank fifth in scoring defense and first in overall defense?
NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk sees something he doesn’t like in the Steelers.
“The other teams still have belief. Right now, the Steelers look defeated. They looked whipped,” Faulk said on ”No Huddle” Wednesday. ”I’ve never seen the Steelers have (defensive linemen) hit their linebackers with their backs. I’ve never seen that from the Steelers. I’ve never seen a defensive line for the Pittsburgh Steelers look like this one.”
No question the Steelers defense hasn’t been looking very much like the Steelers defense at times, and there’s just no way to sugar-coat that one.