5 Smoldering Questions on the Pittsburgh Steelers: Bye Week/Colts Edition
The bye week has come and gone with the Steelers gaining on the rest of the AFC North as well as the Chiefs without so much as buckling a chin strap. While the Steelers take a 6-2 record out of the bye week, their performance in the next 8 weeks will determine not only whether they get to play “January football” but also under what conditions. With that, we bring you your 5 Smoldering Questions on the Steelers bye week.
Do you think the Steelers can snap that streak or not? Defend your choice.
2. Mike Tomlin is fond of saying that each year brings a new team, and the 2017 Steelers are certainly getting contributions from players who wore other uniforms last season. At the halfway pole of 2017, which one new Steeler’s contribution has made the biggest difference?
3. One undeniable area weakness of the Steelers has been production in the Red Zone. What’s going wrong and what needs to happen to change this?
4. Every summer the Steelers coaching staff makes noises about lessening Le’Veon Bell’s workload, and every season Le’Veon ends up getting the lion’s share of the carries. The truth is that limiting a back’s carries is easy to do on paper but harder to execute in the heat of a game.
So the question is, do you think it is important that the Steelers coaches try to limit Le’Veon Bell’s carries over the next 8 games, and if so how should they accomplish this feat?
5. When the Steelers were en route to a 2-6 start in 2013, a member of the Pittsburgh media privately pointed to the rags to riches story that was the Indianapolis Colts rebuild thanks to their “Suck for Luck” campaign in 2011 and mused that maybe the Steelers should follow suit.
With the benefit of a little broader bit of hindsight, do you think that “Sucking for Luck” was worth it for the Colts?