“It was actually junior varsity, to be fairly trustworthy with you,” Tomlin mentioned after the 19-14 win. “It was in all three phases. We could not run the ball successfully once we wanted to. We dropped too many vital passes, very catchable, makeable passes. We did not make vital performs within the particular groups recreation. Our kickoff protection unit wasn’t adequate. We turned the ball over. We gave up massive performs in crucial moments on protection. Cannot have it.”
Tomlin continued, excoriating his undefeated crew.
“[The Ravens] transformed a long term on a possession down earlier than the half,” he mentioned. “Unacceptable. That they had a 70-yard landing late within the recreation. Unacceptable. We’re lucky tonight. It is good to proceed with the victory. I acknowledge that. However not lots occurred tonight to be happy with or to be enthusiastic about apart from that.”
The Steelers put collectively a sloppy and error-riddled efficiency within the shut win in opposition to their short-handed division rival. The offense had 5 dropped passes, matching essentially the most within the final 15 seasons that got here in 2019 vs. the Rams and 2007 vs. the Browns.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who had an interception in the long run zone together with a landing, took the blame for the drops.
“I must be extra correct with my passes,” Roethlisberger mentioned. “I want to offer them higher possibilities to make the performs. There weren’t some performs made in the present day after they wanted to be.”
The Steelers had been additionally ineffective within the purple zone, particularly within the first half. Three of their drops got here within the purple zone within the first half — essentially the most of any crew in a recreation over the past three seasons.
In addition they failed to attain a landing on their first three journeys to the purple zone, matching their most in a recreation this season. On the season, the Steelers entered the sport scoring a landing on 69% of purple zone drives, good for seventh-best within the NFL.
To clarify his crew’s failures within the purple zone and the receiver drops, Tomlin supplied a clipped clarification: “Us sucking.”
Tomlin refused responsible the poor efficiency on the rollercoaster week main as much as the sport that noticed three postponements and an unconventional 3:40 p.m. kickoff on a Wednesday afternoon.
“We make no excuses,” he mentioned. “We search no consolation. We did not play effectively, coach effectively tonight.”
Like his coach, extensive receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster additionally mentioned his crew performed right down to their opponent, at a stage that they need to’ve been above.
“We performed just like the JV,” Smith-Schuster mentioned. “You recognize, we performed right down to their stage. They got here out with a JV squad and we had been enjoying JV and we did not come out and execute and play the way in which we needed to play. And as you would see, it was a detailed recreation, which should not have occurred.”
The Steelers play once more in simply 5 days, taking over the Washington Soccer Staff on Monday night in a recreation rescheduled to accommodate Wednesday’s delayed recreation. It is a brief week, however Tomlin believes that regardless of his frustrations, his crew can flip it round.
“We do not have to reinvent the wheel,” he mentioned. “It isn’t some transformational factor that should transpire. We obtained to teach higher and play higher once we get contained in the bowl. I count on our group to do this Monday evening, Monday night, each time it’s that we play.
On the finish of his uncooked press convention, Tomlin was requested if he is ever been extra pissed off after a win. He stopped for a beat and contemplated the query.
“I do not know,” he mentioned. “I do know this one’s fairly irritating.”