With the Detroit Lions facing a road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, I got together for a pregame Q&A with Nice Pick, Cowher‘s Dom DiTolla.
1. The Lions will play in London next year. Since the Steelers made that trip this year, anything to relay about that trip from a Steelers fan perspective that Lions fans should know?
Don’t do what Mike Tomlin did. “Captain Obvious” elected to have the team leave much later in the week than Minnesota did, and it cost them dearly in the first half of that game. The Steelers came out sluggish, unprepared, and lackadaisical, and the Vikings made them pay.
2. How are Steelers fans taking this season? Chalking it up as a lost cause or holding out hope for a late run?
The blind-homers are less than thrilled, but some of us (like yours truly) knew what a disaster this team could potentially be. Personally, I’m holding out hope that the Steelers “embrace the suck” and are able to draft a quality left tackle high like Jake Matthews next May. There is not enough talent on this roster to go on a late run and capture the AFC North during a “down season,” yet they will probably win three or four games down the stretch to prevent themselves from being humiliated.
3. What has been the biggest contributing factor in the Steelers disappointing season so far?
While injuries have definitely had a negative impact, the Steelers lack the necessary talent on both sides of the ball to win football games. The offensive line is an utter mess, and the team still has not found long-term solutions at the tackle positions. On the defensive side of the ball, the lack of a consistent pass-rush and inability to create takeaways has prevented this unit from succeeding. Plus, the fact that the unit has a horrible mix of inexperienced players, career backups, and calcifying veterans does not help either.