PITTSBURGH – Despite the offensive inconsistencies that contributed to the third loss in a row, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin still has confidence in his team. Tomlin was adamant on Tuesday when asked if he Ben Roethlisberger He remains the right midfielder to attack.
“Sure,” Tomlin said. “What he’s doing and what he’s done makes me really comfortable saying that.”
Roethlisberger, who Tomlin said suffered a “hip problem” during Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers, completed 26 of 40 attempts for 232 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
After leading the scoring drive into the opening possession – one capped a 45-yard shot to Deontay Johnson – Roethlisberger and offense struggled to repeat the rhythm the rest of the evening. Roethlisberger missed a handful of throws to open receivers, including two jojo smith schuster That, if caught, looks like he’s headed for the end zone.
It’s some, and some of us collectively,” Tomlin said, explaining the inconsistency in the scrolling game. “We just have to keep working. Sometimes that can be attributed to a change of plans late in the week due to players being available or players unavailable. …
“We had some great playing opportunities, we [haven’t] spent on them. We need to take advantage of it. It’s a huge component of moving the ball and scoring, especially when you don’t work as well as you’d like in possession situations, which we don’t. … We will also connect to higher percentages of these big opportunities because that helps us in terms of ringing the scoreboard as well.”
For the first three weeks, Roethlisberger was often under duress from the rush, but that wasn’t the case on Sunday.
He only hit 7% of his forty throws and hit hits only five times. According to ESPN Stats and Information, it’s the lowest compression ratio by QB with 40 pass attempts in a loss since 2013.
However, he left Green Bay with a ‘groin problem’, his second injury in the game this season after the left thoracic injury he sustained against the Las Vegas Raiders.
However, Tomlin said he is no longer concerned about Roethlisberger’s safety level behind the line given his age and mobility than he was a year ago.
“It’s not out of the ordinary,” Tomlin said. “I’m sure you checked the tape and looked at these hits [news conferences] From the first 11 weeks of last year he probably said similar things. He was straight and we weren’t defeated.
“There probably has an element of being in your late thirties and playing this game and playing that position and especially when you’re not playing winning football and you get somewhat one dimension away, there’s collateral damage associated with that for him and us.”
Just like his assertion a week ago that he wouldn’t hit the panic button, Tomlin also didn’t appear concerned about Roethlisberger’s performance trajectory, asserting that almost everything is fixable.
Everything but hopping,” Tomlin said with a chuckle. “I don’t have an answer for that, or not. Ben used to be able to run really well when he was little. Those days are behind him.
“Other than that, I don’t see much that this is not a discussion in terms of technical tweaks or quality of gameplay that could be improved.”
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