By John Shumway

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – With Bucco merchandise on super post-season sale, fans are now chewing on the problems of the 0-4 Steelers.

“Last year we had an awesome defense and great catching squad,” said Cory McArdle of Murrysville, “and this year it’s just, you know, everybody’s fumbling and interceptions.”

While the post-season fun at PNC Park has been a nice diversion, Steelers fans are acutely aware of the plight of their beloved Steelers.

“I think the team needs a whole new talent evaluation,” said Dan Hamlin of Homewood.

Steelers fans are more than blindly loyal, they are football savvy and can articulate their areas of concern.

“The offense, the offensive coordinator, I have concerns about all of that, especially considering they don’t have the level of talent they had a few years back,” said Joe Tucci of South Fayette.

“I think they need to be better on defense, they need to pick it up some,” said Natalie Springer of Brighton Heights.

“Our offensive line, I just hope they put up a better fight in this week’s game,” said Jenny Laffey of Charlotte, N.C.

“I’d have to say the defense they’re allowing to many points up to be let up during the game,” said Matthew Marcus of Avalon.

“I think there’s too much in-house fighting going on,” said Don Valentine of Crafton.

That view, fueled by Mike Tomlin banning locker room games like Ping Pong, pool and shuffleboard. Ryan Clark says Tomlin is trying to get the team on the same page.

“Nobody is crying about it or whining about it,” Clark said.

Former Steeler Jerome Bettis also weighed in on the season, saying he’s concerned.

“when you have a football team, the heart and soul is going to be the offensive line and the defensive line — and these are some areas where the Steelers are struggling,” he said.

Bettis also says fans need to understand the young Steelers lines are learning as they go.

“Unfortunately for Ben and some of the other guys, it’s a kind of on-the-field learning and there’s punishment involved in that,” he said. “But for the most part they are coming around. They have to make some adjustment and I seen they done that since the bye week.”

But no matter your diagnosis of the root of the problem, you don’t find much of this:

“Next year is a better season,” said Terry Smith of McKees Rocks, who admitted to already giving up on this season.

Instead, many are still optimistic that the Steelers can turn around the season.

“I think they can go 12-4 from this point, I believe that,” said one fan.

Winning 12 in a row, that’s pretty optimistic, but that’s how Steelers fans are.

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