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Sellew: Steelers need changes, not panic

| Monday, Oct. 3, 2011

I'm trying to be optimistic here, Steelers fans. Let's not panic ... yet.

Changes need to be made; this we all know.

The offensive line is bad; everyone is well aware of that. I don't think the additions of Jonathan Scott and Doug Legursky would have helped much Sunday.

We hear talk every year that the Steelers draft so well, but why do they have the problems on the offensive line that they do?

Add Steelers, it's time to see more of Isaac Redman.

It seems like Rashard Mendenhall needs to borrow a football field compass -- you know, the one that will point north and south on the gridiron. I've seen enough of him running sideline-to-sideline.

Hopefully, the coaching staff has as well. Redman, and even Mewelde Moore, came into the game and ran hard through the line. If I remember correctly, it was still the same line that was blocking for Mendenhall.

I'm not throwing all the blame on Mendenhall. I blame the coaching staff as well.

I'm not a fan of Bruce Arians' play calling in the first place, but it seems like if there are one or two bad running plays it's "abandon ship" on the running game.

Looking ahead, if the black and gold can get their act together, they could easily win their last seven games: Cincinnati and Cleveland twice each, at Kansas City, at San Francisco and home with St. Louis.

With that being said, the next five games will determine the season. The Steelers host the Titans and Jacksonville, travel to Arizona, then return home to face the Patriots and the Ravens.

They need to win at least three of those five.

• It was a tough go for area high school football teams this week.

I would have liked to see BVA play Chartiers-Valley with its full complement of players. I think it would have definitely been a different game.

Monessen quarterback Chavas Rawlins injured his hand against North Catholic, but is expected to play Friday at Beth-Center. The Greyhounds are going to have their hands full with Beth-Center.

Looks like the Keystone Conference will come down to the Ringgold-Franklin Regional game Oct. 21. The scoreboard operator may get a workout in that one.

I think California will be fine. The Trojans need to take care of business in their remaining games.

Their matchup with Frazier will loom large, also Oct. 21.

• Question of the day: Bigger surprise ... Pitt's 44-17 smackdown of South Florida or the Detroit Lions' 4-0 start?

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