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5 things the Steelers must change before their Week 2 game vs. the Chiefs The Pittsburgh Steelers opened up the 2018 season with a game that encapsulated every stereotype of the Steelers bottled into one. They played down to inferior competition http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-joe-haden-jersey , “Road Ben” showed up in great fashion, and the coaching staff made some mind-boggling decisions. If this team is to be what it ought to be, some things have to change. Thus, here are five things that need to change for the Steelers between this week and when they face the Kansas City Chiefs in Pittsburgh. Coaching PassivityThe Steelers looked like they would win this game heading into the third quarter when they were up by two touchdowns with just about nineteen minutes left to play. All they had to do was not take their foot off the gas pedal. Unfortunately, they did just that.The Steelers became passive, and Randy Fichtner’s play-calling shifted from a game plan designed to attack the Browns to one playing not to lose. Instead, the Steelers ran James Conner on a 3rd-and-10 and then proceeded to punt the ball. That type of passivity is what will kill you in the NFL. It’s what lost the Steelers the game against New England and it’s why they tied Sunday. Hopefully, this will be a lesson for new Offensive Coordinator Randy Fichtner, and he’ll learn never to take his foot off the gas. Simply put, Fichtner was extremely conservative in his play-calling on many third-down plays, and that included a few screens sprinkled in. Fichtner overall didn’t have a bad game, but being that conservative after showing you could drive the ball up the field isn’t appropriate. Regardless, this was Fichtner’s first meaningful game calling plays, and let’s hope he learns from these mistakes. I’m sure it will haunt him during the coming week.Ben Roethlisberger’s PlayI’m not going to pin the sole blame for this game on Ben, but it was one of the worst games of his career. If he has a decent game, the Steelers win easily. Having three interceptions and two fumbles is far from ideal for Ben, and his play as a whole was just sloppy. He looked uncomfortable in the pocket, was inaccurate at times, and didn’t see the field as he usually does. This was on a par with the Jacksonville game (the first one in 2017) in terms of bad for Big Ben. I’m not sure which one was worse, but he has to be better if this team wants to go anywhere. Luckily, it wouldn’t shock me in the slightest if this turns out to be the worst game of Roethlisberger’s season. As the season goes on, Ben will get better, and we’ll need him to be against the high-powered Chiefs’ offense. As long as Roethlisberger learns from his mistakes and tightens up his performances on the road, the Steelers should be fine. But another performance like this against a good team and the Steelers are losing by 30-points.Offensive Line PlayThe Steelers have a great offensive line — it’s one of the best in the NFL. However, this week, the offensive line didn’t live up to its reputation. Unfortunately, this mostly falls on Alejandro Villanueva. While he’s a good offensive tackle, he simply couldn’t handle the monster that is Myles Garrett. I can’t blame him for that Chris Boswell Jersey , but he had some absolutely terrible pass sets that would have gotten him beat by a lot of average rushers too. Villanueva is easily the weak link on this line and he’ll need to play better against the likes of Justin Houston next week.As for the rest of the line, there were too many penalties and the run-blocking lacked at times. David DeCastro and Marcus Gilbert both played very well, but Ramon Foster and Maurkice Pouncey still don’t finish some of their blocks against the run. They’re inconsistent in this regard, and since they don’t finish them, the result is often the two- or three-yard gains we saw this week.This offensive line is a great unit, but when they face top-tier talent they just have to be that much more locked in.DisciplineThere were way too many penalties this week. In all three facets of the game, the Steelers were undisciplined. I couldn’t tell you how many holding calls, illegal blocks in the back, and pass interference calls the Steelers drew. Were some of them bad calls? Sure, but that doesn’t excuse some of blatant ones called. Even if this were a leniently-called game, the Steelers likely still would have had more than 100 yards in penalties.The peak of this undisciplined fiasco was Artie Burns getting into a scuffle with Jarvis Landry for little to no reason. That’s uncalled for and I hope Mike Tomlin had a good talk with Burns about his hot-headed display.Going forward, if the Steelers can play a more-disciplined brand of football in all three phases, it will be a much better experience for all involved. They might have been more grabby on Sunday in Cleveland, but I’ve got no issue with that considering how aggressive they were.James WashingtonWashington was barely on the field and I have no clue why. What does Justin Hunter offer over Washington as a player? The answer to that would be “nothing.” Washington is just as good of a deep threat as Hunter and he’s much better on contested catches. Washington has better hands, route running, and blocking than Hunter does. I just don’t understand why Hunter is playing instead of Washington when Washington can do so much more than he.Washington also is not a strictly deep-ball receiver, so while they might wait until the weather is better for the deep balls Washington loves, he can be used in lots of other areas, especially on slants. Simply put, James Washington offers so much more versatility and options as the Z-receiver compared to what Justin Hunter could, so the Steelers need to play the man. The Pittsburgh Steelers have now won five straight games and continue to “stack wins.” After their 52-21 thrashing of the Carolina Panthers in Week 10, the team now has a chance to rest and relax and prepare for the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11. Today in the black-and-gold links article, we talk about how the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers going head-to-head in Week 10 equated to big ratings for the NFL. While most players, and even many fans, can’t stand Thursday Night Football, as long as the NFL, and by proxy FOX, see more money coming it Authentic Xavier Grimble Jersey , it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.Let’s get to the news:Steelers-Panthers game Thursday sees ratings spike on Fox, digital platformsBy: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewThursday nights continue to be a hit for the Steelers.Not only did the Steelers improve to 8-1 on Thursday night games at Heinz Field with a 52-21 victory against the Carolina Panthers, the game was watched by 15.4 million viewers across all media platforms.That is a 15 percent increase over the Week 10 Thursday night matchup in 2017 between Seattle and Arizona and represented a 10 percent increase above the combined ratings for the 10-game Fox Thursday night package in 2017.In addition to rightsholder Fox, the media platforms included NFL Network, FoxDeportes, NFL digital, Fox Sports digital, Amazon and Yahoo Sports.The Nielsen audience for the Steelers-Panthers game was 14.8 million viewers, a 13 percent increase over the 2017 Week 10 matcup.The game also featured a substantial uptick in digital streaming on Amazon Prime Video, Twitch, NFL digital platforms, Fox Sports digital platforms and Yahoo Sports. The average minute audience of 782,000 viewers represented a 105 percent increase over the 2017 Week 10 time slot.The Steelers, ‘instrumental’ in city’s recovery, are back homeBy: Jeremy Fowler, ESPNDRESSED IN A BLACK Pittsburgh Steelers shirt, the woman sniffed back tears as she made her way through the still-crowded memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, gently, unconsciously rolling a small stone in her right palm. I never intended to start this “week with the Steelers” diary with a visit to Squirrel Hill, but you realize quickly that, in this town, there’s no way to separate the two: On this Monday morning, the two items above the fold in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette are James Conner and the Squirrel Hill Massacre. There are more parallels: David and Cecil Rosenthal, two of the 11 victims in the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in United States history, were brothers of Michele Rosenthal, the team’s former community relations manager; head coach Mike Tomlin lives a block from the synagogue, near Art Rooney II Cheap Javon Hargrave Jersey , as well; two buses of Steelers players, along with Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris, attended the victims’ funerals last week. In Baltimore, eight days after the attack, Ben Roethlisberger sported cleats with the now ubiquitous “Stronger Than Hate” logo featuring the star of David as part of the Steelers logo.That logo is everywhere at this memorial, held this week at Tree of Life -- still framed by yellow police tape and bursting with flowers, candles, rain-soaked signs and heart-breaking personal notes. It’s painted onto the stones that mourners have left behind for the dead, following Jewish custom. There are thousands of stones here now, some precariously stacked four, five high, on top of the nameplates, and when you begin to contemplate the massive, collective tapestry of grief they form, it’s instantly overwhelming. The rest of the world may have moved on already to the next mass shooting -- another 13 dead just 12 days later, in Thousand Oaks, California -- but the sorrow in Squirrel Hill lingers.Even here, the Steelers mean something. Along with the stones, which feature the team logo, there is a man in a wheelchair paying his respects while wearing a throwback Troy Polamalu jersey. A woman stands at a steel barricade, bowed in prayer, holding up a giant poster asking people to put a Steel Curtain of love around the Tree of Life. “Obviously, everyone is still really feeling the pain, but the Steelers have been instrumental in uniting this community and supporting these poor families,” says Dr. Stanley Marks, a lifelong Pittsburgh resident, Pitt grad and the chairman of the nearby UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. “Forget sports -- this team is an important fabric of the community.”After leaving Tree of Life, I walked up a small hill to the Commonplace Coffeehouse on Forbes Avenue Jordan Berry Jersey , which had recently received a $650 donation -- free coffee for all on Saturday, Nov. 3 -- from citizens in Newtown, Connecticut, who experienced the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Just a few months ago, I was in Jacksonville, working on a story about a shooting at a Madden tournament. The killer walked right by a giant poster of the latest Madden NFL cover, featuring Steelers wideout Antonio Brown. Sports used to be our escape, but the Steelers represent the new normal now: Each of us connected, sometimes in multiple ways, to a mass shooting.As I walked back to my car, a strange thumping noise stopped me in my tracks at the foot of the Jewish Community Center on the west side of Squirrel Hill, where the clock tower is in Hebrew, the flag is at half-mast and the steps remain covered in flowers. Eventually I traced the sound to a large bay window at the front of the building where toddlers in the center’s day care had crowded onto the windowsill and were pounding on the glass until each passerby stopped what they were doing to smile and wave back at them.Even the bus drivers were pulling up short of their stop to open their doors to wave to the kids. As they did, the info screens on the sides of the buses flashed the words: Pittsburgh Strong.Don’t expect to hear much about James Conner before WednesdayBy: Mike Florio, ProFootballTalkSteelers running back James Conner exited Thursday night’s game and entered the concussion protocol. Don’t expect to hear anything more about him until Wednesday.The Steelers have no obligation to comment any player’s health until next Wednesday, when the first injury report is due in advance of a Week 11 game against the Jaguars. With running back Le’Veon Bell facing a Tuesday deadline to report or sit out the rest of the season, the Steelers have no reason to say anything about Conner’s availability, or lack thereof, before Bell shows up, or doesn’t.If Conner is expected to miss time (and with a concussion who knows?), Bell would have a burst of leverage as the door closes on his ability to play. If the Steelers need Bell, maybe they’d pay him more than $855,000 per week, or maybe they’d include an incentive package or something else like that in order to get him to show up.Chances are the Steelers would simply hold firm on Bell’s franchise tender and assume Conner won’t miss much if any time. The team has shown no inclination to bend on Bell, and it’s unlikely that they’ll start doing it now.