It has been a pretty slow start for the Steelers this year, and there have been discussions about the slow offensive start after each of the first two games of the season, but the concern didn’t amount to much because the team won both games.
The offense was far from great in Chicago on Sunday and it once again raised the issue of a lackluster offensive showing, partially because the Bears pulled out a 23-17 win in overtime. The Steelers managed a measly 282 yards, down from the teams modest totals in the first two weeks and way below the standard set for the offense coming into the season.
Steelers’ tight end Jesse James called the 17 points a waste for a team that has the talent the Steelers have on hand. The teams guard David DeCastro also agreed with James’ assessment of the team and game.
DeCastro said after the game: “We’re so much better than this. It’s tough to waste all the talent we have,” Adding: “Look at the offense we have. If we’re not putting up 350, 400 yards a game, it feels like we’re wasting it.”
During an interview after the game, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said: “This one is on me.” But after going 22-of-39 for 235 yards and losing a fumble, the entire unit has failed to click as a team through the first three weeks and it will take a change across the board for the Steelers to get where they want to go this year.