To be fair in regards to field position, special teams needs to do better as well. The blocking on kick/punt returns was downright pathetic, and I can think of a few big returns that were called back on penalties.
Steelers PPG ranks:
2012 6th (missed playoffs)
2009 12th (missed playoffs)
2006 11th (missed playoffs)
Since the Ben era began, if the Steelers don't have a defense that ranks in the top 5 or above in ppg the Steelers missed the playoffs.
The offense had trouble scoring points off of some of the turnovers the defense created last season. Turnovers don't always equal more scoring.
The offense probably won't score points with the better scoring offenses in the league because of the Ben's style of play. People praise Ben for his style of play but his style of play makes it difficult for the offense to maintain consistency. As a result, Ben's never lead a top 5 scoring offense and he probably never will. The offensive point production is going to start and end with the play of the QB. People can point the finger wherever they want ie Oline, defense, special teams.... but the point production is going start and end with Ben.
The offense didn't do much with the few turnovers the defense forced because instead of trying to make the other team pay, the offense was too concerned with time of possession. They never went for the jugular, every drive had to be 10 minutes long and it really worked against the Steelers last year.
Ben's never had a top-10 offense because the Steelers don't play want to play like that. They want to be known as a defensive-minded team that grinds out low-scoring wins.
how many times does a team lose the turnover battle and win the game?
it doesnt happen very often. turnovers are very important
On D, only 5 of 11 starters are 1st or 2nd rounders.
I think our needs on D are bigger than on our O. We need to generate pressure and create turnovers. Granted, I'm not a big fan of picking DEs with our 1st pick in back to back years. Same thing with the OLine. I think we should be doing a better job of developing 2nd or 3rd day picks in the non skill positions and there should be more emphasis on going for big impact skill players on both sides of the ball early in the draft.
Cowher/Colbert seemed to do a better job of hitting big on 1st rounders. We've slipped a little on that front over the last few years. And not getting those big impact players may be one of the biggest reasons we're in this mediocre transition mode last year as we've lost a lot of team leaders/key starters.
We need a lot of guys to turn the corner and play up to their potential. And figure out how to start conditioning players so we slow down all the injuries.