Opinion: Steelers need to address issues now to save season


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The Steelers are off to a bumpy start to the 2021 season.

Ethan Spozarski, Sports Editor

Last season the Steelers finished their season losing in the AFC divisional round against the Browns. That ending to their year left many questions and not too many obvious answers. 

This season, the Steelers are in a division that actually has more than one serious playoff contender for the first time in 10 years. And after a 1-2 start to their season, it is time to address the team’s major issues and get the year back on track. 

For starters, it is time to sit Ben Roethlisberger and utilize the team’s depth at quarterback. The Steelers have Mason Rudolph, who has experience working with the number one team. But Rudolph has yet to produce stats that meet starting QB standards. 

Dwayne Haskins is the team’s number three guy and putting him in with this squad creates an unknown situation. The Steelers picked him up after he had been cut from Washington. Haskins and Rudolph have similar numbers. Personally I’d give the starting job to Haskins; the deal breaker is his mobility outside the pocket. 

The offensive line is going to require more than one year to get back to at least a “good” status. 

The defense just needs people to stay healthy. Three games in, the team has already been affected and hit hard with injuries. They also give up too many big plays. 

While the season is already showing signs of struggle, rookie Najee Harris through three games has 279 all-purpose yards with a touchdown. And Dionte Johnson has been catching the balls thrown his way. The passes he has missed have been due to bad passing. 

As of right now, the Steelers have all their draft picks for the upcoming offseason. While it is a while away, the needs for the team are simple: quarterback, offensive line, a number two running back, and defensive backs.