Mike Tomlin on the Steelers’ struggles

PITTSBURGH — In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ worst loss in more than three decades, Mike Tomlin took responsibility and admitted his team’s failures on Tuesday.

“We’ve been a disaster in all three phases, and we have to own up to that, starting with myself and me,” Tomlin said. “…When it’s so bad on every level, it starts with me. We don’t need to seek comfort, because there’s enough blame to be had. We need to be solution-oriented.”

After Sunday’s 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills dropped his team to 1-4 with four straight losses, Tomlin said he would consider making the necessary changes to get the team moving in the right direction. . The loss to the Bills was the Steelers’ most lopsided loss of the season.

Even with a quarterback change, the Steelers posted their lowest score, while allowing the Bills to score 38 points — the most allowed by the Steelers defense this season. The Steelers are averaging 6.1 passing yards per attempt, second-lowest in the league, and have two passing touchdowns, the lowest in the league. They also have a paltry 3.9 yards per carry and no rush over 20 yards — one of three teams in the league without one. Defensively, the Steelers are giving up 7.5 yards per passing attempt and 1,438 passing yards, second worst in the NFL.

When asked on Tuesday whether among possible changes he would consider changing his offensive coordinator, call-up duties or personnel, Tomlin said that while he was sincere in his post-game words from Sunday, he was not going to make any changes unless they could produce better results.

“I remain open to that, but I have no intention of changing for the sake of changing, shooting a hostage, if you will, or anything of that nature,” he said. . “If the changes produce better results or seem to produce better results, or if we feel like it puts us in a position to produce better results, then I am open to that, certainly.”

After the loss to Buffalo, defensive back Arthur Maulet challenged his teammates in the locker room, questioning their desire and effort. Tomlin said after watching the film of the game he noticed his players’ frustration and disappointment in the final minutes of the game, but he said he was more concerned about his team’s lack of execution. only by his behavior. Asked about the strong post-game emotions, Tomlin added that he had no problem with his players expressing frustration.

“When you get run over like that, the emotions and the anger and all of that is part of it,” he said. “You’re being naïve if you don’t think that’s the case. We don’t like to be crushed. … All of those things are normal expressions of frustrations, questioning of desire and things of that nature. is what competitors do, especially when you get run over. I’m not going to read too much into it.”

As Tomlin and the Steelers aim for a different outcome in Week 6 game against Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the coach acknowledged that his team has some general issues that cannot be fixed quickly, and he has preached unity in the face of adversity.

“We’re not going to cure our ailments in one or two good days or a good plan or a good performance for that matter,” he said. “The state we’re in, we’re going to have to put our heads down and work hard and diligently and stay together for a long period of time as we return to respectability. I just think it’s a state of spirit that we all need to understand where we stand.”

“It’s not quick fixes. It’s not going to be based on a good performance or a good plan. And I just think we’re preparing and leaning in for that next opportunity that we’re just saying we’re going to work our tails off. off.

“We didn’t dig ourselves out of this circumstance in a day. We’re not going to dig ourselves out of this circumstance in a day or a performance.”


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