Airing of the Grievances

SCI.net columnist Mark Kaboly airs out a few grievances in this note-style column.

A random pack of thoughts for your holiday weekend:

* It was believed that the front office was stacking the roster with depth and the locker room with leadership, but the veteran free agents that were signed last off-season by the Steelers have been disappointing.

I was under the impression that free agents are supposed to come in and help your team, but who really has done anything of note out of the guys Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert have brought in? The group consists of Larry Foote, Antwaan Randle El, Will Allen, Arnaz Battle, and Jonathan Scott.

From that group, they have a backup who can't even play special teams in Foote; a guy who appears to have lost his No. 3 receiver job in Randle El; a guy who has been extremely insignificant in Allen; and a guy who is a special teams-only contributor in Battle.

If it wasn't for the massive injuries across the line, Scott would be insignificant, too.

Well, maybe he is and we just don't know it.

* Why does Tomlin dress only seven offensive linemen when he knows darn well that a couple of his linemen are banged up and that the right tackle can wobble off at any time?

It was extremely risky for Tomlin to dress six wide receivers for last week's game against the Raiders leaving his offensive line exposed once again.

There was just not logic to it, but I guess they all earned helmets and that the standard is the standard … yada, yada, yada. I just think it's another one of his poor decisions.

* Call me a softy, but I feel bad for Bruce Arians. I really do.

You cannot convince me that the plays being called and the way this offense is being run is the way Arians wants to go.

There's absolutely no doubt that restrictions have been put on what Arians can call and when he can call it. There's no doubt that he is being forced to run the ball in situations in which it goes against every fabric of what he believes in to do so.

And for that, I feel sorry for the guy. He's damned if he does or damned if he doesn't.

This offense might be more balanced today than it was last year, but it is definitely not anywhere near as good it has been the past couple of years.

Is it really worth a guy like Arians to run an offense that he doesn't truly believe in? I think not.

If they were not going to allow him to run his offense how he sees fit then they should've done what they were close to doing last year and fired him.

* It is quite stunning that this offensive line is able to produce anything whatsoever.

Not only have they been decimated by injury to the core of the unit, but they weren't that talented in the beginning.

They have a couple of castoffs at tackles, a sixth-rounder at one guard, and an undrafted guy at the other guard. To still run the ball decently and keep the quarterback from getting murdered on every play is certainly a positive.

For this group of guys to be at least partly successful leads me to believe that O-line coach Sean Kugler is pretty good at his job. He might even be the team's MVP through 10 games.

I would like to see what the guy can do with some talent around him.

* The player I's most disappointed with through the first three months of the season has to be Ben Roethlisberger.

Now, Roethlisberger has been good since he got onto the field after his suspension, but I was expecting a lot more.

I really thought Roethlisberger would come out extremely motivated and show the world how great of a quarterback he is and would dominate the league.

Instead, he has been good. Not bad and not great, just good.

For the Steelers to be successful into December and into January, Roethlisberger is going to have to be more than good and I don't know if that's going to happen on either front.


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