Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers came into the 2018 NFL season once again viewed as one of the main contenders in the AFC. Many thought that they were the only team that could knock off the New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars. Now, two weeks into the season, some are beginning to question whether the Steelers are good enough to even make the playoffs.
An 0-1-1 start has begun to panic the city of Pittsburgh. Le’Veon Bell has yet to suit up for the Steelers and is not expected to report to the team anytime soon amidst his contract holdout. Some even believe that Bell will sit out until Week 10 when he is forced to return.
In the latest worrisome news, Antonio Brown did not show up for work following the Steelers’ Week 2 loss. He got into a Twitter spat with Pittsburgh media that ended with Brown tweeting “trade me.” Tomlin has since stated that he met with Brown and that the wide receiver has been punished for missing a team meeting, but there are no major concerns about him leaving the team at this time.
Outside of the drama with Bell and Brown, the Steelers simply haven’t looked good on either side of the football. They have been inconsistent offensively and porous defensively.
Many times when a team is going through early-season issues, the media will try to calm fans down and talk them off the ledge. This time, however, it is time for the Steelers and their fans to panic.
What five reasons can be given to support the statement that it’s time for the Steelers to panic?
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