It seemed as if Kyle Juszczyk throwing Minkah Fitzpatrick to the ground on a poor tackle attempt was the culmination of an absolutely dismal performance by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. However, the vast majority of the blame lies with the offense.
The Steelers’ defense gave their offense every opportunity to put points on the board, but they failed to take advantage. In fact, they were only able to score six points as a result of these turnovers. The Steelers intercepted Jimmy Garoppolo twice while also recovering three fumbles. Rookie linebacker Devin Bush and newly acquired defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick had excellent games. Bush recovered two fumbles and Fitzpatrick had an interception and a forced fumble; and the defense played well as a whole, even if the scoreboard doesn’t show it.
The Steelers never really got into a rhythm on offense, as had been the case leading up to Week 3. So far this season, the Steelers have converted on 3rd down only 25.7% of the time (9/35 times) which is 28th in the league. Also, even though their defense caused five turnovers, the Steelers’ time of possession was almost thirteen minutes less than the 49ers. This has been a common theme for the Steelers as they haven’t led in time of possession yet this season. As a matter of fact, the Steelers have been down in time of possession by more than five minutes in every game thus far.
Starting the season 0-3 is never a good sign, but it’s especially bad when you don’t have your first round pick. The Steelers traded away their first round pick in the trade for Minkah Fitzpatrick. The trade for Fitzpatrick already seemed like a desperate attempt to salvage the season, but if the Steelers continue on the same path that this season has started on, management changes will be sure to follow; especially if the Steelers don’t start to string together some wins and the pick ends up being very high in the draft.