The Steelers are 0-2. In Mike Tomlin's 6 other seasons leading the Steelers, he's never fallen 2 games below .500, but here they are. And at this point, at least, it hasn't looked pretty.
The answer, as heard across every band of sports media, is that "age and free agency have caught up to Pittsburgh". Stars have either retired or left for better money. And as it stands, the running game is nothing, the offensive line is nothing, and Roethlisberger can't seem to find his stroke.
Are things falling apart for the Steelers? Or are they just on an unlucky tear?
Let's not discount the Bengals defense: they're one of the tops in the league. And Tennessee is no slouch either... they look mean this year. Pittsburgh is lacking, sure, but they also had the misfortune of starting the year against a pair of teams that are just flat out gritty.
The Steelers have never been gritty. Tough, yes, but not gritty. If that makes sense. It probably doesn't.
Either way, I'm still not 100% sold on the idea that the Steelers are Jets/Rams terrible like Eric thinks. Ben Roethlisberger is still Ben Roethlisberger, right? Let's wait and see what happens when they actually do play the Jets. We'll compare dumpster fires.