PITTSBURGH — After another anemic performance from the Pittsburgh Steelers offense, coach Mike Tomlin is hitting the panic button on that unit and starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky ahead of Thursday night’s matchup with the Cleveland Browns.
Asked Monday if he’s happy with it, Tomlin said, “I’m going to exercise a fair amount of patience and continue to teach and keep people learning to push this train down the track and try to get better.” I will say.” Team playcalling. “I think if someone is sitting here on Monday in Week 2 feeling happy about this, they’re probably misinformed or misinformed.”
Trubisky completed 21 of 33 attempts for 168 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a 17–14 loss to the New England Patriots, and for the second week in a row, Trubisky rarely took a shot downfield. Through two games, Trubisky averaged 5.1 yards per attempt, the second-worst in the NFL behind only Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who played only one game before injuring his thumb.
“Calling concepts to get the receiver in there,” Trubisky said on Sunday, explaining how to pass more downfield in the offense. “When coverage dictates it, get them the ball within. … We like our outside matchups. We have really good receivers. We have really good talent across the board. We attack all areas. We want to get on the field and get the ball to our playmakers. So, we can definitely do a little bit better in everything.”
Asked if Trubisky could have been more aggressive in the passing game, Tomlin responded by admitting that it just fell to more than one player.
“I think he could,” said Tomlin, “and we could.”
Tomlin later said, “We haven’t scored enough points here in the last few weeks, but it’s a collective, not just quarterback position, not just player.” “We are all responsible for making the scoreboard sound. We don’t look for comfort. We don’t try to suppress the noise to be honest with you. We don’t care about the noise. We’re just this from the point of view of development. Working on the things that are within our control to bring about Achhe Din to continue the group’s progress, knowing that the result will be what we want.”
Although Tomlin said he didn’t hear the chants of fans at Acrisure Stadium calling for first-round pick Kenny Pickett, they happened several times throughout the game as the offense stalled. However, center Mason Cole backed the Steelers starting quarterback.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt with Mitch,” Cole said on Monday. “We know what kind of player Mitch is. Mitch is the winner; he’s won in this league. He’s already won for this offense. … Everyone in this locker room, everyone in this organization Mitch believes in.”