Starkey doesn't say it, but the clear culprit, unsurprisingly, is the offensive line.
A perfect example of a big-play breakdown occurred in the loss to New England, when the Steelers lined up on their 48, on the second play of the second half, trailing, 17-13.
"Oh, don't bring up that play," Arians said with a pained laugh.
Parker had just run for 18 yards. It was the ideal time to go deep. Arians called for a bomb to Hines Ward, set up by a fake screen and fake draw.
It went perfectly, except that Patriots tackle Vince Wilfork spun off a double team by Alan Faneca and Sean Mahan, shot up the middle and sacked Roethlisberger before he could unleash.
Ward was wide open for what might have been a 52-yard touchdown.
"Nobody was even around me, but Ben couldn't get the ball down to me," said Ward, whose longest reception this season is just 25 yards. "If we get that block there, the outcome of that game is probably different."
Arians said bad luck caused the sack.
"We had a problem with a protector stepping on another protector's foot. He lost his balance and got beat," Arians said.
Hard luck, huh? I have a pretty secure feeling that if Jeff Hartings were still at center, that play goes for seven. That Willie Parker's longest run of the year is 32 yards and that he only has two touchdowns falls on him as well as the line, but the same holes just aren't there.
Then there's the 38 sacks that Roethlisberger has taken, most in the AFC, that are causing him to miss Wednesday's and Thursday's practice, that have people worried whether he'll start Sunday.
Pitted against the Jiggywires defense this week, the big play paucity isn't likely to get snapped, but they might need it to.