After an uninspiring effort in a loss to the Browns on Thursday night footballSteelers coach Mike Tomlin tried to quell any rumors about a possible quarterback trade.
Pittsburgh fell to 1-2 on the season Thursday night after falling to AFC North rival Cleveland, 29-17, on the road. The team found trouble on both sides of the ball, but it was Mitch Trubisky who once again took center stage as the leader of a stagnant offense that struggled to maintain momentum and put points on the board all night.
After the game, Tomlin answered a question about whether or not he contemplates trading Trubisky for rookie fan favorite Kenny Pickett. Tomlin, perhaps sensing that the next few days’ speech would fall squarely on Trubisky, quickly sought to silence the noise by providing a definitive answer on the situation downtown.
“I don’t have that mindset,” Tomlin said. “I’m interested in revisiting this film and watching it in its entirety, and finding out how we collectively improve. So the answer to that question is definitely no.”
Tomlin’s firm response suggests he’s no longer interested in having a conversation that has lingered since training camp and through the preseason. Despite drafting Pickett with the 20th pick in the draft in April, the club opted to hold a QB battle in which free-agent acquisition Trubisky emerged as the team’s starter.
Like the first two weeks, the former second pick had a few moments, but the Steelers couldn’t really capitalize. TNF. After scoring touchdowns on two of his five first-half drives, another of which ended in a missed 49-yard field goal, Pittsburgh mustered just one FG to go with four punts on his last five game-ending drives. Three of those second-half drives generated fewer than eight yards, while the last ended in a botched lateral play that resulted in a Browns defensive TD as the game clock expired.
On the night, Trubisky was 20 of 32 for 207 yards while taking a sack. He also recorded two runs for seven yards.
“I thought he made some plays, but we all collectively fell short,” Tomlin said. “That’s how we measure performance, man, winning is our business and we don’t run businesses. Therefore, we do not separate it and seek the feeling of well-being”.
While it remains to be seen how long things will remain status quo, Tomlin, who has never had a losing season in 15 years at the helm, seems adamant about sticking with Trubisky over Pickett for now. The Steelers will now have a mini bye to rest before facing the Jets at home on October 2.
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