Pittsburgh Steelers are not the same team we once knew. They are not the same team that played in three Super Bowls in the space of six NFL seasons.
They are a shadow of their former self but that doesn't mean they can't force their way to the playoffs. The Steelers are still strong in certain areas.
Ben Roethlisberger still has the ability to turn nothing into something, and Mike Tomlin is still one of the best coaches in the NFL.
But right now they are going through problems that are not very Steeler like, problems that is with a leaky defense that is showing its vulnerability.
The Steelers had the number one total defense during the 2011 and 2012 NFL seasons, but last season they had many different issues, and this season has started in a similar fashion.
It seems that the Pittsburgh defense has a kryptonite right now. The once defensive superpower is struggling immensely with the no-huddle offense, and don't take my word for it, read what Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has to say.
"It was a big issue [the no-huddle offense]," Dick told NFL.com. "We became a little bit rattled, and we can't allow that to happen, and we're working on that. To me that was the biggest issue. We didn't give ourselves a chance and it showed."
Exploiting the weakness
Pittsburgh are on the road tonight on Thursday Night Football facing off against bitter rivals the Baltimore Ravens, and LeBeau expects the Ravens to test out Pittsburgh's weakness.
"I certainly do [think they will run the no huddle]" LeBeau said. "Our two worst games no doubt have been — well, a half you might say — against the hurry-up. So we're going to see it until we handle it."
Troy voices his concern
And LeBeau isn't the only key member of the Steelers that has identified playing against the no-huddle offense as a severe weakness for Pittsburgh.
Superstar safety and Pittsburgh team captain Troy Polamalu has voiced his concerns as well, but the crazy haired defender believes LeBeau will solve the problem given more time.
"What we've shown is if you want to huddle and play against us we'll do fine, but this no-huddle (offense) has given us some problems," Troy explained this week. "We have to do something to rectify that. Coach LeBeau is the genius of all defensive coordinators, and he'll figure it out."
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