Things have gone horribly for the Pittsburgh Steelers lately. The latest disaster came Monday night with a 27-17 loss to the lowly Cincinnati Bengals.
That was the third loss in a row after an 11-0 start. And win No. 11, over the Baltimore Ravens, was hardly impressive. It’s been a string of dropped passes, poor throws from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and breakdowns on defense at the worst possible time.
Suddenly, the Steelers have dropped to the third seed in the AFC playoff race. They are what’s known as “reeling,” up a creek without a paddle. But Coach Mike Tomlin says nothing is going to change, at least not yet, in terms of personnel.
“There won’t be sweeping changes in terms of our approach. … We just have to do it better,” Tomlin said.
The Steelers sure do have to do it better. Their next opponent is the Indianapolis Colts, who at 10-4 are nipping at their heels in the playoff chase. And if the Steelers can’t beat Washington or Cincinnati, you have to wonder how they’ll fare against a winning opponent.
Either way, Tomlin would clearly like to see the improvements come from the men who are currently charged with getting the job done.