PITTSBURGH – After another anemic performance by the Pittsburgh Steelers offense, coach Mike Tomlin is holding back from pressing the panic button on that unit and starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky ahead of Thursday night’s game with the Cleveland Browns .
“I’m going to have the proper patience and keep teaching and have the guys keep learning with the goal of continuing to push this train down the track and getting better,” Tomlin said Monday when asked. if he was happy with the team’s call. “I think if anybody’s sitting here on Monday of week 2 of this thing feeling happy, they’re probably wrong or misinformed.”
Trubisky completed 21 of 33 attempts for 168 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the 17-14 loss to the New England Patriots, and for the second straight week Trubisky rarely took shots in the field. In two games, Trubisky is averaging 5.1 yards per attempt, second-worst in the NFL behind Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who played just one game before injuring the inch.
“Call concepts to get receivers out there,” Trubisky said Sunday, explaining how to get more passes down on offense. “When the coverage calls for it, give them the ball inside. … We like our outside matchups. We have very good receivers. We have very good talent at all levels. We would like to attack all areas of the game. pitch and give the ball to our playmakers. So we could do a bit better in everything, that’s for sure.
When asked if Trubisky could be more aggressive in the passing game, Tomlin responded by acknowledging he’s come across more than one player.
“I think he might,” said Tomlin, “and we might.”
“We haven’t scored enough points here the last two weeks, but it’s a collective, not just the quarterback position, not just the players,” Tomlin added later. “It’s all of us who are responsible for calling the dashboard. We’re not looking for comfort. We’re not trying to drown out the noise, to be completely honest with you. We don’t care about the noise. We’re just working on the things that are within our control to have good days to continue the progress of this group from a developmental standpoint, knowing that the outcome will be what we desire.”
Although Tomlin said he didn’t hear chants from fans at Acrisure Stadium calling for rookie first-round pick Kenny Pickett, they did occur multiple times throughout the game as the offense stalled. Center Mason Cole, however, backed up the Steelers starting quarterback.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt with Mitch,” Cole said Monday. “We know what kind of player Mitch is. Mitch is a winner, he’s won in this league. He’s won for this offense before. … Everyone in this locker room, everyone in this organization believes in Mitch. “