The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered another loss on Sunday when they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 35-13.
At 2-6, the Steelers are all but certain to experience their first sub-.500 season since 2003.
So it shouldn’t come as a shock that things aren’t exactly sunshine and rainbows in the team quarters.
Running back Najee Harris became the latest to express displeasure with the state of the organization after Sunday’s game. According to TribLive.com’s Joe Rutter, Harris openly admitted that the Steelers are “missing a lot of things.”
“We’re missing a lot of things,” Harris said. We lack a lot of experience, discipline, responsibility. We are missing a lot. We can’t move forward without fixing the little things that hurt us. These are the things we talk about every week.
Harris’ comment about the team needing experience, discipline and accountability could be taken as an attack on the coaches and managers who put together the roster. Longtime Steelers coach Mike Tomlin certainly hasn’t been immune to criticism this season.
The team’s struggles were especially pronounced on the offensive side of the ball. Pittsburgh now ranks last in the NFL in scoring. The Steelers have only scored more than 20 points once this season, and that was in overtime.
Harris, in particular, has had a rough year. The 2021 first-round draft pick is averaging just 45.1 yards per game and 3.3 yards per carry.
According to Harris, the only way to solve these problems is to fix the “little things” and the players know this. Perhaps the team’s bye this week will be an opportunity for him to put that into practice and salvage his season.