On the one hand, watching a juggernaut offense completely crash and burn because its star QB misses most of the season is rough. On the other hand, the Steelers were this close to making the playoffs anyway thanks to a top 5 defense that specialized in forcing turnovers. Head coach Mike Tomlin wasn't on the hot seat before, and the surprisingly solid finish in spite of severe adversity isn't going to put him there. He'll return for 2020, as will his offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner and his defensive coordinator Keith Butler.
I had a very high opinion of Dwayne Haskins going into the 2019 NFL Draft. With only seven starts in an unfortunate situation last year, my opinion of him has not changed. He threw for seven touchdowns and seven interceptions on a 58.6% completion percentage. Those numbers do not scream optimism, but when looking at the whole picture, it is easy to see why he struggled. Let's take a look at the situation.