Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his offense’s troubles within the red zone have been well-documented recently.
Roethlisberger is 29th in red-zone completion percentage in 2017, completing 44 percent of his passes. Against the Jaguars on Sunday, that inability to convert for a touchdown in critical scoring situations was highlighted by 0 touchdowns in 3 trips inside the 20-yard line.
For the season, the Steelers are 23rd in the NFL in red-zone touchdown percentage. They’ve only been able to punch in 50 percent of their red-zone trips for touchdowns and Roethlisberger tried putting a face on those struggles this week.
“It can be because it’s a shorter field,” Roethlisberger said according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Things happen quicker. You have to understand reads quicker. Sometimes teams give you looks you’re not prepared for. When I say not prepared for, it’s not a look they had given someone else that you saw on film study.
“That happened to us the first time down there on a third down. They gave us a look we weren’t quite ready for. You have to be able to make in-game adjustments as well. You have to have your practice field stuff ready to go.”
Ultimately, shorter field, tighter windows and all, it’s an issue the Steelers will have to sort out quickly as they look to get what should be a high-powered offense back on track. Roethlisberger has too much experience and too much playmaking ability lined up alongside him for this offense to be struggling the way that it has.
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