Based on all the statements coming out of the Steelers facilities this week from the players and coaches when asked specifically what the team needed to do to get back on track and snap out of their present two game losing streak, one can only assume that the Steelers brass has been communicating subliminally to their employees by pumping Olivia Newton-John’s 80’s hit song “Let’s get Physical” over the sound system throughout the facilities.
Almost to a man, every press conference and interview turned into a discussion about the need to be more physical as a team. Honestly it was more than a little refreshing to see all participants on the same page like that. This desire to be more physical requires a return to an old school mindset, almost primitive in natural.
The need for increased physicality most assuredly applies to the Steelers offense far more than the defense. While the Steelers defense wasn’t their normal dominant selves in the second half against the Buffalo Bills, the truth of the matter lies in the fact the unit finally wore down from being shorthanded due to accumulating injuries and being on the field far too long as a result of the Steelers offense not holding up their end of the bargain. The Steelers defense has faced increased pressure recently as the offense has struggled mightily to put points on the scoreboard.
Immediately everyone assumes that the offensive line is the main culprit, and while improvement is definitely needed in that regard, Ben Roethlisberger and the coaches explained that improved intensity was needed from all participants. I wholeheartedly agree, especially as it pertains to the Steelers receiving core with contested catches. JuJu Smith-Schuster just so happens to be the old man among the wideouts based on experience, and you would be hard pressed to find a better example of physicality at the position.