The Pittsburgh Steelers dropped one other winnable sport on Thursday night time. They fell to the Cleveland Browns 29-17 after main the sport at halftime, 14-13. The offense appeared prefer it was enjoying higher for thirty minutes, however then stumbled into the second half and landed beneath 20 factors for the second consecutive sport. Mitch Trubisky spoke to the press after the sport and summed up the efficiency earlier than taking questions:
“We’re getting there, nevertheless it’s simply not the place we have to be to get a victory,” mentioned Trubisky. “I assumed the primary half, we made some steps in the appropriate course, second half simply wasn’t ok.”
Trubisky on the half was 9-13 for 103 yards and he hit for the go-ahead landing on one of many few RPO’s the Steelers have run the primary three weeks of the season. He threw the ball down the sector repeatedly on play-action passes and located rookie George Pickens for what’s prone to be the catch of the 12 months. The primary drive of the second half acquired off to a promising begin, however after an enormous shovel cross to Jaylen Warrenwhich appeared prefer it was going to transform a 2nd and 14 at midfield right into a purple zone alternative, the drive stalled when the play was known as again after an unlawful man downfield penalty.
That drive, with the wind at their again, led to a punt after which the Browns marched down the sector to take the lead on a 34-yard area objective for good. Trubisky was requested what he thought the distinction was within the second half offensive efficiency:
“Somewhat little bit of rhythm,” Trubisky added. “We simply did not hit on the performs we have to; we had some essential performs within the second half. After that, if we get these performs, it might need been a distinct story. We simply did not hit on them. We gotta go watch the movie and see how we get higher.”
The penalty on the shovel cross was an enormous letdown for the offense, nonetheless on the very subsequent drive on a third and three, Diontae Johnson had crushed Denzel Ward and Trubisky dropped an ideal cross into him that he did not give you. Johnson has been extraordinarily dependable the final two seasons after drops plagued him throughout his rookie season. That play killed the Steelers potential to reply the lead-changing rating and by the workforce the offense acquired shifting once more, they had been down 23-14.
“Inconsistency, yeah,” Trubisky continued. “Simply not hitting these performs we would have liked. We hit some the primary half, that is why we scored 14 factors. 3 factors within the second half is not going to do it for us.”
Trubisky performed in addition to he’s able to enjoying within the first half. The offense had him rolling and aside from a pair errant throws earlier than half-time, he was assured and driving excessive. The offense stalled within the second half and the more serious it acquired, the extra Trubisky shrank from the second. The massive alternative to get again within the sport was when the Steelers had the ball with beneath 10 minutes to go within the sport and once more with just below 6 minutes. Each drives led to punts.
“We took some pictures downfield,” Trubisky concludes. “I’ve to throw a greater ball they usually have to return down with it. They made some nice catches; we will make some extra so it was good. It’s one thing we will enhance with and hold doing. I really feel good in my routine, it felt good tonight, we simply have to higher within the second half. We have simply acquired to be brutally sincere in regards to the movie and see the place we’re at total.”
The Steelers at 1-2 can have loads of time to evaluate tonight’s efficiency as they get 10 days off earlier than internet hosting a shocking New York Jets workforce who beat the Browns in Week 2, 31-30 behind Joe Flacco. It’s early within the season, however the sport is a should win previous to visiting Buffalo in Week 5. The Steelers dropped to 0-5 with out TJ Watt and he’s nonetheless weeks away from returning to the sector for the black and gold. The protection is struggling with out Watt to generate strain, however they’ve been on the sector greater than every other unit within the NFL and it’s starting to indicate.
Trubisky acquired a second probability to be a franchise quarterback with the Steelers and Mike Tomlin said at his press convention he’s not going to make a change at this level. In 10 days, Trubisky could be getting his final probability in entrance of what’s going to be a really professional Kenny Pickett crowd. Trubisky is difficult to not root for, but when he doesn’t flip his season round in opposition to the Jets, it is going to be unattainable as a result of he’ll doubtless be holding a clipboard.
What do you assume, Steeler Nation? Is it a case of the darkest earlier than the daybreak for Pittsburgh? Please remark beneath or on my Twitter @thebubbasq.