The Steelers finished the 2018 regular season at 9-6-1 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2013. It's not a time of much positivity — not for the fans, not for the coaches and certainly not for the players.
Digging into those losses, though, a slightly different picture materializes.
The team never got "blown out." Only once did they fall by more than seven points. In those seven games where they did not emerge victorious, they were right there. A drama-free, 11-5 or better finish was well within grasp for this Steelers squad, but various mistakes and miscues kept it out of reach.
And that fact makes the whole season sting a little more in the eyes of David DeCastro.