PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers did not beat the Washington Soccer Workforce on Monday, and coach Mike Tomlin agrees that his group did not should win.
For the second week in a row, the Steelers failed to maneuver the ball in short-yardage conditions, and their run sport was nonexistent.
“I reside by the teaching creed, ‘If you cannot get a yard, you do not should win,'” Tomlin stated Tuesday, at some point after the Steelers suffered their first loss of the season. “That was the case for us on this sport. We had a number of sequences the place we had a possibility if we gained a yard, it was important when it comes to the event of the end result of the sport, however we have been unsuccessful.”
Not solely did the Steelers fail to attain in a five-play sequence from the 1-yard line, however later the Steelers additionally could not put factors on the board once they had a third-and-1 from Washington’s 28.
Ben Roethlisberger threw an incomplete move to JuJu Smith-Schuster on third down, adopted by an incompletion on a wheel path to rookie Anthony McFarland, who had simply 5 catches previous to Monday evening.
Averaging simply 1.5 yards per carry, the Steelers had solely 21 dashing yards all evening and lacked the physicality that is turn into a signature of many Pittsburgh groups.
“If you cannot get a yard in our sport, you do not should win,” Tomlin stated. “That is the nuts and bolts parts of soccer, the physicality factor of soccer. We did not meet that problem, so we have now some work to do in that space.”
Benny Snell, who performed essentially the most of any operating again with 33 snaps, had eight carries for 5 yards, whereas McFarland had 4 carries for 15. Conner is anticipated to be activated in time for Sunday’s sport in Buffalo, a supply instructed ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, and Tomlin stated Pouncey additionally has an opportunity to return.
However in his common trend, Tomlin did not give excuses for his group’s efficiency.
“If you happen to’re a legit unit, in the event you’re a unit that has the products, you may soak up irregularities in schedules, gamers — important gamers — lacking and so forth and nonetheless stand up in these moments,” Tomlin stated. “That is our cost as we put together for this subsequent sport. … We have misplaced fluidity since we missed a few of these guys.
“To be fairly sincere with you, that pisses me off as a result of we have now to be the kind of group that endures no matter who is obtainable. That is how we assemble this group, not solely when it comes to our acquisition of gamers however simply growth of mentality and character.”
Compounding the offensive failures have been seven drops by Steelers receivers and tight finish Eric Ebron, giving the Steelers a league-high 31 drops this season.
Broad receiver Diontae Johnson, who leads the league with 9 drops, had three Monday evening, whereas Ebron had two. Tomlin was harsh when requested in regards to the drops on Tuesday.
“They will catch the ball or they’ll get changed by those that will catch it,” Tomlin stated. “It is simply so simple as that. As I’ve usually stated, I count on guys to make routine performs routinely. When there’s a sample of that not taking place, then we have now to have a look at who we’re throwing the ball to.
“The teaching of catching the soccer for many who are employed to do it at this degree isn’t one thing that I’ve a number of endurance for, it isn’t one thing that any of us have a number of endurance for. These guys’ job is to catch the soccer, notably routine ones. The place there is a sample, it’s best to count on to see to see much less alternatives.”
A part of the issue large receiver James Washington stated stems from not specializing in the catch itself.
“I really feel like a number of us are form of fascinated with subsequent transfer as a substitute of simply catching the ball first,” Washington stated. “That begins with the particular person. I do know the group of men we have now that can focus in.”