John Steigerwald

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John Steigerwald has been a fixture of TV, radio, and newspaper sports in Pittsburgh, and has a Sunday column in the Observer-Reporter.

Oct 2017


Steelers still need a better Reothlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger needs to play a lot better if the Steelers are going to average 30 points per game on their way to losing to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.

That was the universally accepted preseason analysis, wasn’t it?

One of the storylines coming out of the Steelers’ win in Kansas City last week was that Roethlisberger had played a lot better than he had against Jacksonville two weeks ago. He had five interceptions against the Jaguars and had nowhere to go but up. Roethlisberger would have had another game with more interceptions than touchdowns if not for a lucky 51-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown late in the fourth quarter. His hideous pass on fourth-and-two play with the Steelers up 12-10 bounced off Chiefs defender Phillip Gaines’ head and hung in the air perfectly for Brown to snag it and easily run down the sideline for a touchdown.