Let’s call the Steelers a work in progress at this point because, well, that could have gone better.
The only way to really sum up this game is to point out that the first team offense and defense played well into the third quarter and were still getting beat by Philadelphia’s starters. The defense looked bad. The offense looked bad (Ben Roethlisberger looked particularly rusty). Shaun Suisham missed another field goal. The Steelers starters didn’t do anything until late in the third quarter when Ben Roethlisberger found Heath Miller for a 27-yard touchdown against the Eagles’ backup defense.
The first team defense never stopped anybody.
It was around this time that Snoop Dogg started getting fired up, posting a video rant on Instagram where he just shredded Todd Haley.
But that’s not what stunk about this game. What stunk was the fact the Steelers violated rule No. 1 of preseason football and suffered two injuries when starting outsider linebacker Jason Worilds had to leave (after recording a sack after Mark Sanchez fell down that was nullified by another Ike Taylor penalty) with a knee injury.
Sean Spence, the feel good story of camp, also went down with a knee injury, though it’s not the one he injured two years ago.
So, yeah. The less said about this game, the better.
But one more thing: If the NFL is going to keep enforcing the defensive holding and illegal contact penalties the way they have in the preseason the league is going to be completely unwatchable this season. There were 27 accepted penalties in this game, which comes out to roughly 20 percent of the offensive snaps. And this wasn’t teams shaking off some early preseason rust. This was Ed Hochuli and crew inserting themselves into the game.