Only Silver Lining Coming Out Of Home Field Beatdown Is Health

There may quite literally be just one silver lining from yesterday’s game. Nobody got hurt—or at least not seriously. And despite what it may seem, that’s a good thing.

On a rather basic humanitarian level, it is always preferable when those who do no harm—ethically speaking—have no harm done to them. So if you have an even rudimentary sense of empathy, then it’s obviously a good thing that the Pittsburgh Steelers were able to come out of such an ugly game healthy.

Yet I can’t help but already get a sense of the comments that will follow. Even though I’m putting it into print right here, there will be those who won’t bother to read, and will make the comment anyway. You know what’s coming. Some variation of ‘put the same people out there, get the same results’.

But it’s not as though they have other options. What exactly do they have left to tinker with? Bench T.J. Watt for James Harrison? Would that have changed what happened yesterday? They’ve already started playing Justin Hunter, which many had been demanding.

What is left for them to do? They simply have to get better with the players that they have available to them, and given how close they are to being fully healthy, they are at least in good shape to begin to execute on that end.

This is still a team that is loaded with talent. Antonio Brown continued to play at an All-Pro level. Ryan Shazier has been making plays all over the field. The defense has continued to generate pressure from the likes of Cameron Heyward, who has been playing some of the best football of his career.

All of the pieces that were previously in place when this team was viewed as potentially a championship-caliber one? They are all still here. They haven’t gone anywhere. They just lost a game, and it really sucked and all, but the loss didn’t count any more than it would ordinarily because of how much is sucked.

They have done better than they did yesterday, and they will do better again. Frankly, I don’t know exactly where Ben Roethlisberger is at this point in terms of his performance level. But if he’s not pressing, he can run a winning offense that compliments this growing defense. That I will believe until I’m proven wrong.

The bottom line is this: they lost, but they are in the same shape for the rebound that they were in before the rebound was necessary. Le’Veon Bell is still there. Stephon Tuitt is still there. Martavis Bryant is still there. Bud Dupree is still there. It’s just time for them all to live up to their potential.

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  • Darth Blount 47

    Playing Justin Hunter and actually USING Justin Hunter are clearly two different things. Got into the Red Zone and decided to throw a bunch instead of running Bell. Alright, how about we try a throw to 6’4 Hunter?

    The health of this team is absolutely beautiful. It is the one thing that I keep hanging my hat on. And I truly believe we are so fortunate to have it be the case. That said, we NEED Gilbert back out there. And yes, giving Harrison a hat and “unleashing” him instead of this “saving him for December” approach, needs to happen as well. I’d also love to see a bit more Rosie Nix. Especially in the games that are a physical slugfest. I wish the numbers would have been exactly reversed. 55 rushes by the RB’s and 15-20 throws by Ben.

  • David LaVeck

    This is good news, agreed. So is the fact that Ben finally passed for 300 yds, a lot of good that did. I really think Ben is just messing up, all the INTs seem to point to that and the inability in the Red Zone. If he is running the exact plays that are coming in that is on the coaches but it sure seems that he is just making bad pre-snap reads for 3 weeks now with 2 losses and a missed TD to show for it.

  • AndyR34

    I would start Deebo at ROLB, move TJ to LOLB and bench Bud…we aren’t getting much from him. As DB47 said, need more Rosie Nix…need to stop forcing the ball to AB. And stay the heck out of the Red Zone…might as well be the Bermuda Triangle as far as the Steelers are concerned.

  • heath miller

    wait .. didnt i read here last week that the jags game might be the first time in several years the steelers had all their starters.. well i guess we didnt have gilbert so we only had 21 planned starters… 21 of 22 starters.. over 95% of the starters playes.. vs the jags.. at home.. and we lost by 3 TDs…. so now is good news that we are going TO KC .. to play a better team .. AWAY vs KC … humm so how do we beat them with 21 o 22 starters when we lost to the jags by 3 TDs…. … so we lose by 3TDs to the jags.. at home.. and we are only 3 point underdogs to KC AT KC? looks like a trap game for the chiefs.. smh wondering how they determine the vegas odds?

  • heath miller

    no andy .. you just dont understand.. you dont get it .. tomlin is saving deebo for the playoffs… PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS? lol (sorry andy sarcasm to you ) .. PLAYOFFS?

  • heath miller

    correction .. ben threw for 400 yards .. not 300…. 300 to the steelers and 100 to the jags..

  • heath miller

    ya know everyone is down on ben .. and while he has not had a stellar year did anyone see the stat on TV.. said it was only the 2nd time in bens career that he threw 2 pic 6 in the same game .. and the first pic 6 was the first he has thrown in the last 2250 passes. amazing to go 2250 passes without a pic 6.. then .. he tossed 2 in 4 passes.. i think we give it a few more weeks and then take a hard look at the season ..

  • David Shoff

    We are going to need Gilbert against the Chiefs or Justin Houston is going to hurt us.