NFL analyst Mark Madden suggested some changes that need to be made if the Pittsburgh Steelers loses their first playoff game.
After riding their season on a high, with eleven wins in the first eleven games, the Steelers have now gone on to lose the three recent games, against Washington Football Team, Buffalo Bills, and Cincinnati Bengals.
Speaking the problems that the Steelers are facing Madden spoke to former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee.
“I’ve been telling people all season that they were not as good as their record. They beat up on a bunch of ground games, had very few signature wins… and now the chickens have come home to roost,” Madden said.
“Ben can’t get the ball anywhere. He is pushing the ball and has no confidence on a throw that goes more than 10 yards. Coach (Mike) Tomlin looks like a deer in headlights, he does not know what to do.”
One of the drastic change that Madden wants to see at the Steelers is the firing of their misfiring quarterback and sacking of the manager.
“I think they may well lose out including their first one playoff game. And if that happens, Tomlin should be fired and Ben should retire. I am saying that because it’s gone on long enough.
“Tomlin has 3 playoff wins in a decade, and this is the third straight season, the team is abjectly collapsing. So if you don’t fire the coach and the quarterback doesn’t retire, you tell me, how do you fix it.”
It is not just the on-field issues that the team has had to deal with this season. Wide receiver, JuJu Smith-Schuster, made the headlines for his habit of dancing on the opposing team’s logo before the start of the game.
The analyst, however, doesn’t believe JuJu’s antics have had anything to do with the team’s form.
“The JuJu thing is not a cause but rather the symptom. When a guy like that goes rogue, that lack of focus trickles down to the rest of the team.
“They have no leaders in that locker room. No leaders, only veterans, because a leader would have told JuJu to knock this off a long time ago. The problem isn’t Juju, he is just a symptom.”