After a slow 1-2 start and an even slower start for the Steelers' offense, many are beginning to question Pittsburgh's ability to make an actual run at defending their title in 2009.
Some blame Big Ben. Others want to blame the defense. And yet, others want to blame the coaches. In my opinion, there is really only one reason that the Steelers are 1-2 right now instead of 2-1.
Now I know it seems a bit harsh to put all of the blame on one player for a loss, but I feel that his drop in the end zone last week at Cincinnati kept us from winning the game.
The pass from Ben was absolutely perfect and the defenders were a good three to four yards away from Sweed, giving him plenty of room to catch the ball.
But as he hit the ground, or rather fell to the ground, the ball flew out of Sweed's grasp and out of the back of the end zone. That score would have given us the win, a record of 2-1 going into Week Four, and much less panic in the Pittsburgh fan base.
How many chances are we going to give Limas?
It's generally not a good thing when people remember your drops more than you actually catching the football. He's only recorded 7 catches for 69 yards and 0 scores in 13 career games.
Hell, Mike Wallace bested that last week at Cincinnati.
In that game he caught 7 passes for 102 yards. And despite Wallace having not yet scored his first career TD, he has made a rather large impact on the team so far.
He has 12 catches on the season for 147 yards, but there are two big plays in particular that have really stood out for me.
Of course there is the one just last week for a 51 yard completion from Big Ben where he flat out blew by the guy covering him and caught it down the sideline. A little bit more awareness from him could have lead to a touchdown on that play.
The other one was in Week One. In overtime he caught the big pass from Roethlisberger that gave the Steelers good enough field position for Jeff Reed to kick (and make) a relatively easy field goal.
Coming up when it matters most is key and Limas Sweed has not done that at all.
He's also the fastest guy on the team. An obvious deep threat that will most likely be used more with Ben's increasing pass attempts per game.
If the Steelers are going to turn things around, they are going to have to get Mike Wallace involved as much as they can, and use Limas Sweed, preferably, as little as they can.