Week 1, Pittsburgh PA.
The Pittsburgh Steelers started their season off on the right foot by winning their home opener over the Chargers by a score of 37-20.
The game marked the start of the post-Rothlisberger era in Pittsburgh. With 3 unproven quarterbacks on the roster, and no clear cut stand out, owner and GM Coppola rolled the dice by electing to start undrafted rookie free agent JT Daniels. “I liked his combination of arm strength, accuracy, and mobility. After we let Ben (Rothlisberger) go, we wanted to infuse the team with youth. I have faith that JT will be able to lead this franchise.”
In week 1, the the gamble paid off. Daniels threw 3 touchdowns, all to Smith Schuster, and 226 yards. He did throw two interceptions, but one was purely coaches error. The other he was hit on release, resulting in a pop fly to center field. The coaching staff knew that he would need help from the ground game in order take pressure off the rookie. Bell rose to the occasion, rushing for 172 yards and 2 TDs.
The coaching staff will now have its hands full as all eyes turn to the Cleveland Browns who will be coming to town in week 2. Adjustments will have to be made in order to beat a team of this caliber. Time will tell if this fledging team is up to the task.