And why not?
When difference-making talents such as Pouncey, Bell and Bryant are replaced by journeyman Cody Wallace, a declining DeAngelo Williams and raw rookie Sammie Coates or slippery-mitted Darrius Heyward-Bey, the odds of Roethlisberger reaching his goal of putting "30 points on the board in every game" are greatly diminished.
Here's what else we learned on Thursday:
To what end, Rex? This is a missed opportunity to have Taylor ultra-prepared to lead the offense against the Colts in Week 1. It's almost as if Ryan is placing a higher priority on keeping his opponent guessing than on getting his most qualified quarterback ready to play. If Ryan's approach has left you scratching your head, you are not alone.