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Tim Benz, Kevin Gorman break down Steelers’ issues on offense, preview Seahawks matchup

Tim Benz
Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt, left, lines up against New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass.

Fellow TribLIVE columnist Kevin Gorman joins me for our weekly “Breakfast With Benz” podcast wrapping up the Mike Tomlin press conference.

The Pittsburgh Steelers head coach sounded as down on his team as you probably feel about it. He didn’t candy coat anything about the 33-3 loss to the New England Patriots in the season opener.

Nor should he. It was really THAT bad. Kevin and I discuss the most pressing areas of improvement for the Steelers.

As if we can really narrow them down.

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We also investigate two revelations from the press conference. T.J. Watt is wearing the green-dot communications helmet now. We get into the specifics as to how it may be different for an outside linebacker to wear that headgear as opposed to a safety or inside linebacker. Perhaps more compelling, is the discussion why an outside guy has to wear it.

The answer? Because none of the inside backers have proven capable of staying on the field for every down.

Another discovery was Roosevelt Nix’s knee injury. It’s a shame. He’s a good fullback. But, aside from special teams, does it matter? The Steelers don’t play him enough at fullback anyway.

As for the Seattle Seahawks, unlike the Steelers, they won last Sunday. But they struggled to hold off a Cincinnati Bengals club that is supposed to be one of the worst in the AFC this year. So what should we expect from them as they travel east to Heinz Field?

Historically, when NFC teams make that trip, Tomlin’s teams have never lost (6-0).

Tomlin will take any advantage he can get after last week.

LISTEN: Tim Benz and Kevin Gorman break down Steelers’ offensive shortcomings and preview Seahawks coming to Heinz Field

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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