After an uninspiring effort at losing Brown a day Thursday night footballSteelers coach Mike Tomlin has tried to calm any fuss about a potential midfield change.
Pittsburgh dropped to 1-2 on the season Thursday night after falling to rival AFC North Cleveland, 29-17, on the road. The team had problems on both sides of the ball, but it was Mitch Trubesky who took center stage once again as the captain of the stagnant attack that struggled to maintain leadership and put points on the board all night.
After the match, Tomlin answered a question about whether or not he was considering switching from Trubisky to beginner and fan favorite Kenny Pickett. Tomlin, perhaps sensing that the speech over the next few days would fall directly to Trubisky, quickly looked to silence the noise by offering a definitive answer to the situation under the center.
“I’m not in that mindset,” Tomlin said. “I am interested in reviewing this tape and looking at its entirety, and seeing how we are improving collectively. So, the answer to that question is definitely no.”
Tomlin’s assertive response indicates that he is no longer interested in having a conversation that has continued since training camp and into pre-season. Despite Beckett being drafted with the 20th pick from the draft in April, the club opted for a QB fight which saw the free agent take over Trubisky as the team’s starter.
Much like the first two weeks, the previous second pick was a few moments away but the Steelers couldn’t really capitalize on it TNF. After scoring touchdowns in two of its five first-half runs — another one of which ended 49 yards off a missed field goal — Pittsburgh mustered just one FG to go four strokes over the last five series to finish the game. Three of those second-half engines generated less than eight yards while the latter ended in a botched side play that resulted in a defensive TD built as the game clock ended.
At night, Trubisky finished 20 of 32 for 207 yards while taking one bag. He also scored two lunges for seven yards.
“I thought he did some plays but we all came up with shortcomings,” Tomlin said. “This is how we measure performance, man, winning is our business and we haven’t taken business. So, we don’t take that apart and look for complacency.”
While it remains to be seen how far things remain, Tomlin, who hasn’t lost at the helm in 15 years, appears steadfast in sticking to Trubisky on Pickett for the time being. The Steelers will now have a small farewell to rest before facing the Jets at home on October 2.
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