Coach Mike Tomlin again emphasised keeping everything under control during the postgame news conference following the Steelers’ 35-13 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The defence failed to contain it.
Tomlin stated, “From my viewpoint, it’s less about what they do and more about the things we’re not doing. “We are not putting ourselves in a position to win games. Today, we didn’t, and we got to own that ” Some fundamental principles have been violated. We must maintain control of it. In the NFL, you don’t give yourself a chance to play if you don’t keep it under control ” That is not what we did. And I believed that after that, things just kept getting worse. I believed that defensively, our eyes weren’t in the correct place and that it may happen if you don’t maintain a lid on it. You must maintain control of it. We were unfairly punished, in my opinion. I consider those fines. Some of them, in my opinion, were dubious, but that’s life ” I simply believed that the penalty aspect of it and our inability to control it were Steelers vs. Steelers, and that when you play excellent opponents like this bunch, you won’t put yourself in a position to take the necessary action.”
Jalen Hurts, the quarterback for the Eagles, connected on passes of 39, 27 and 29 yards to A.J. Brown and scored a 34-yard touchdown to Zach Pascal against covering.
Position is only a part of playmaking, according to Tomlin. “We were in the right place at the right time for the finish, which is arguably just as essential as placement, but their player made a play while we didn’t. On the other side of the ball, we were in a one-on-one situation, and the result was different. These are the little details: once we were out of bounds, once we were OPI, once the ball was knocked to the ground. The key distinction is in the playmaking ” We must take responsibility for the fact that they made those plays while we did not. We had the opportunity to observe it clearly, and we did so. Although it is not at all pleasant, we can see it clearly ” We must perform those actions. Those balls need to be broken up or intercepted by our defence. We have to dispose of them lawfully, whether in violation of boundaries or not.”
The Steelers enter their bye week at 2-6 after the setback, giving them time to reflect carefully on what is going on.
Keep working, Tomlin said. “We have a chance to evaluate ourselves, refocus, and improve, and we want to take use of that opportunity.
“Actions are what will solve the problem, not words. So, we’re going to put in a lot of effort to say very little and then roll up our sleeves to finish this process.”
Tomlin also mentioned penalties, nine of which were for 60 yards and included many pre-snap infractions.
Simply simple stuff, Tomlin said. We’ll get officials at practise, and we’ll concentrate on the issues that are troubling us, especially during this window of opportunity known as the bye week.
Knowing the playbook: With the Steelers limping into their bye week at 2-6, quarterback Kenny Pickett was blunt in his assessment of what the offence must improve first and foremost.
After the Eagles 35, Steelers 13 game, Pickett insisted, “Playbook, we gotta know what we’re doing.” “We have control over things like being in the wrong place, receiving certain procedural sanctions, and having individuals enter and exit huddles. Anyone in this room can go do it as long as they know what they’re doing; there are no skill concerns.
“We need to move quickly, and I must lead the way. I need to focus more on getting these people properly. I’ll be responsible for it.”
Pickett underlined that it is much more important to point out mental errors than plays that are not made.
You shouldn’t harm a player physically, he added. “You don’t blame him for dropping the ball. But the mental issues must be addressed, and they will be. That has to be resolved. We need to address it because if we keep doing that, we’ll injure ourselves and have no chance of success ” The things that aggravate you the most are when you make progress and we penalise you or do something mentally that is within our control. If a player makes a physical error, such as dropping the ball, failing to block, or missing a throw, we should give each other a pat on the back and try again later. These are things that you can tolerate ” We’re near, everyone says we’re close, but the mental errors are something we can’t tolerate and need to be rectified. We’ll be close once we remedy it, in my opinion.”
Pickett argued that the issues were still present and that they had dogged the Steelers for some time before to their defeat in Philadelphia.
The rookie quarterback thinks the guys have to recognise them and get rid of them.
“Surely something needs to change?” Pickett remarked. “It is absurd to keep doing the same thing repeatedly and anticipate a different outcome. These issues have plagued us all year, so something needs to change. That has to be corrected. It needs to be turned around, therefore let’s look each other in the eyes ” Whatever coaches want to say is OK. The final decision is ours, regardless of what the media, fans, or anybody else has to say. We must solve the problem.”
Being responsible: A quiet After the Eagles’ loss on Sunday, Cameron Heyward was visibly upset as he stood in the media room.
Heyward is aware of the issues contributing to the Steelers’ 2-6 record, and all he wants is for things to change—especially with more time now that the team is on bye.
Heyward remarked, “I believe on the defensive side, huge plays. “You stopped the run in the first half before giving up in the second. Sometimes pressure might be unpredictable. However, altogether, we have really poor eye discipline on both sides of the ball. Numerous things are incorrect, yet we still need to clean it up. We have two weeks to reflect on this and develop.”
Each and every player in the Steelers locker room will have to take responsibility for that progress.
Heyward stated, “Either you learn and take responsibility, or you won’t play. “Everybody has the opportunity to achieve. Everyone will not play if they are unable to perform. not focusing on a certain man. As a leader, I must hold myself and everyone else accountable. Most of the blame falls on me. It is simple to point. It’s better to face the mirror and tell oneself, “I’ve got to become better.” I’m going to make the most of this time to really achieve it.”
Heyward was unwavering in his belief that, despite their performance thus far, the individuals in that locker room are capable of carrying out their assigned tasks.
Heyward remarked, “When you play like that, it shows on yourself. We’ve been experiencing these losses, and there’s an urgency to get this sour taste out of your mouth, so there’s a dysfunction in what we’re putting on the field right now. You have two weeks to examine the situation in detail. Many times, you have to move on to the next opponent before you can address all the issues you want to. We are able to take a step back and observe what the heck is happening. And I’m eager to get started on it.
“We’ll watch this movie again when we get back to Pittsburgh, so don’t run away. Open up the wounds. You can only improve in that way. not speaking out, not taking responsibility, and not posing the inquiries. That puts us behind. There is a problem when the men, everyone in our group, don’t ask the correct questions, don’t accept responsibility, and don’t take the practise field and game seriously.”
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