Leaders lead, even when the path they put their followers on is one to disaster. That's what happened Sunday to the Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger.
It might just be a feeling, and it might just be context, but the Steelers' defense sure is giving off a a more upbeat vibe these days.
If Martians had landed in Maryland over the weekend, and they'd learned about football on, say, Saturday night, they'd have been able to scheme for the Steelers' offense:
The Steelers were swept last year by the Ravens, once while having to manage the game with a backup quarterback and again at the hands of the Ravens' backup quarterback.
If you've seen it once, you've seen it 1,000 times: Joe Flacco rears back, heaves the ball high, and if the Ravens are being honest, they're hoping for a flag.
Take away their big run plays that can help them maintain a balanced offense, and the defense gains a huge advantage when trying to stop Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
So I found out this week I'm paying $30 a year to watch NBA games on TV. And this flustered me way more than it should have.
The recent struggles showcased in the Steelers' losses to the Dolphins and the Patriots drew a lot of focus on the inability to limit their opponents' ground game.
Mike Sullivan had seen and heard enough. So he let out a roar. Which is precisely what the alpha-male in the pack tends to do.
Landry Jones has the prototypical build for a pocket passing quarterback in the NFL and decent enough arm strength to put the ball in difficult spots.
In college, they teach Logic with a capital L. If one condensed the curriculum, it would look something like this.
The Steelers have a long and bad history against Tom Brady. Their 2-8 record when they face Brady is telling.
Both the losses the Steelers have suffered have shown the defense wearing down after only giving up one touchdown in the first half.
Questions rise after every loss the Steelers have against inferior teams, including the loss last Sunday to the Dolphins.
The Steelers will be right to start Landry Jones against the Patriots. And yet, they'll be equally wrong.
Injuries happen. That's part of every sport. Cam Heyward knows that. Heyward knows, too, that it's how each team handles those injuries that proves to be the biggest part of...
So this probably means it's time to run the ball, right? Oh, wait. That time was Sunday afternoon.