In the NFL, you often hear how hard it is to win. In this young season, four teams know this better than anybody.
When Week 4 concludes, the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Jacksonville Jaguars will be the only teams who have yet to experience a win so far this season. Each team has their own reasons for the noticeably lopsided win-loss numbers. Each team still has a chance to turn their season around. But each team faces the same harsh reality: no post-season. Only the 1992 San Diego Chargers have made the playoffs after starting 0-4. A lot has changed since then, but barring a miraculous turnaround, the trend looks like things will stay the same.
Although four teams are mentioned, the surprise is glaring in regards to the Giants and Steelers.
The two franchises represent what every organization should aspire to be. Family ownership since their founding, they have won four of the previous eight Super Bowl championships. With very stable organizations and successful coaches currently at the helm, to be winless at this point in the season is baffling. Even though critics and talking heads were skeptical of both teams coming into this season, no one expected this. There are several areas to look to as the cause of the abysmal play so far on each team.
The Steelers have no running game, primarily due to a makeshift offensive line, compounded by a season-ending injury to center Maurkice Pouncey. With a defense that is one of the oldest in the league, they no longer have that dominant aura they once had, visibly getting abused through the air, an area they have been weak in for a while now. The Giants, specifically quarterback Eli Manning, constantly beat themselves with turnovers. In addition to a non-existent offense, scoring only one touchdown since the 4th quarter of Week 2, the defense is nothing close to what it once was when Strahan and Umenyiora were part of Big Blue. The aforementioned offense makes things more difficult for the defensive squad with too many three and outs, giving them virtually no time to rest up for the next series.
Each week both coaches have stated in post-game press conferences in so many words that the teams need to improve and changes will be made. There are only 12 more games left in this campaign. If things continue the way they have been, things will get much worse before they get better.
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