After an impressive win in Week 1 over the Buffalo Bills, the Pittsburgh Steelers fell flat in Week 2, falling to the Las Vegas Raiders at home 26-17. Roethlisberger and the offense struggled to get things going all day. While Roethlisberger threw for 297 yards, that only resulted in 1 touchdown and 1 interception. The running game was almost non-existent, with Najee Harris only rushing 10 times for a mere 38 yards.
Pittsburgh's new offensive coordinator Matt Canada was expected to come in and revolutionize the team's offense, but when asked about the struggles the Steelers had on that side of the ball postgame, Big Ben didn't hold back in laying blame.
“You’ll have to ask Coach Canada that. That’s what he’s calling, what we’re going with. We got some really good football players that you want to get on the football field. So, if you don’t have them out there, they’re sitting on the bench doing nothing.”- Ben Roethlisberger
Roethlisberger was clearly frustrated on multiple levels, from personel on the field to play calling. And being the clear veteran leader on the team, his words carry massive weight in the Steel City, especially over a new coordinator.
Rookie Najee Harris' usage and production has already caused worry amongst fantasy managers, but it looks like it has seeped into the Steelers' actual locker room as a whole.
It's still very early on, and Pittsburgh has plenty of time to show they are the Super Bowl contenders they believe they are, but things on offense are going to have to change and Roethlisberger wants everyone to know it.
Pittsburgh ends Week 2 with +3400 odds to win the Super Bowl, according to the latest NFL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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