CLEVELAND (AP) Mitch Trubisky made a commitment to play more aggressively, and he delivered. He tested Cleveland’s secondary with some long throws and successfully moved Pittsburgh’s offense in the first half. He must now put a full game together.
Trubisky and the Steelers’ offence struggled against the Browns
Thursday night, as the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Cleveland Browns 29-17, Trubisky first showed indications of shaking off his early-season malaise. However, after the break, he started to falter.
Trubisky appeared good for 30 minutes. The Steelers (1-2) were up by a point at halftime and looking to hand the Browns (2-1) their second loss in four days. He moved effectively in the pocket, spread the field with a few long passes, and had the Steelers (1-2) leading by a point.
However, on its first three possessions of the second half, Pittsburgh only gained 54 yards.
With a final completion percentage of 20 of 32 for 207 yards, Trubisky stated, “We’re getting there, just not where it needs to be.” In the second half, “We didn’t hit on the plays we needed to.” We won’t succeed by scoring three points in the second half.
The majority of his rollouts were to the right and away from Myles Garrett, the standout defensive end for the Browns, and Trubisky made no significant errors. He also ran for a score in the first half to give the Steelers a 14-13 lead.
He was competent, but not victorious enough.
However, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin intends to stick with Trubisky, who was selected as the starter over rookie Kenny Pickett throughout training camp and will probably keep the job until an injury or major disaster.
Tomlin was questioned about potential lineup adjustments for the next week.
Tomlin, who was not directly asked about his quarterbacks, responded, “I’m not in that mindset.” “I’m interested in analyzing this film, examining it in its entirety, and determining how we can all improve as a team.” I will categorically respond “no” to that question.
Tomlin was more concerned with the Steelers’ poor third-down conversion rate, which was just 1 of 9, compared to the Browns’ 6 of 16 success rate, which included numerous first downs gained on quarterback Jacoby Brissett’s sneaks.
They produced the plays, Tomlin remarked. “In the crucial times, they succeeded. They had reasonable possession deficits. several third downs, many short. When you’re that short, conversions have a high likelihood, and in a way, it’s the story of how it developed over the final 30 minutes.
Trubisky came under fire after last week’s defeat by New England for failing to search for receivers further down the field. That wasn’t the case against the Browns, as he made a spectacular one-handed catch for 36 yards, the Steelers’ longest play this year, in the first half with rookie George Pickens.
We need to deliver on that, he remarked, noting that they have taken several shots downfield. “We have a tonne of playmakers.” Everyone is thrilled when the ball is moving and we are scoring. As a seasoned player, you must remain focused since you never know when it will be your turn.
Trubisky was complimented by Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool for keeping Pittsburgh in the game.
I’ve always had the utmost faith in him,” Claypool remarked. He threw a ball downfield, placing it just where it was needed. He never made a bad pass, as far as I can recall. He thus completed his task.
The Steelers failed to apply enough defensive pressure to Brissett, who had too much time. The current NFL Defensive Player of the Year, T.J. Watt, is out with a chest ailment, so Pittsburgh is without him.
However, tackle Cameron Heyward refused to make excuses for Watt’s absence.
In the first half, the offense “did some things properly,” according to Heyward. Simply put, “We didn’t provide them enough things.”
Trubisky, who grew up in Northeast Ohio, was returning home. It would have been his dream to defeat the Browns.
It was awesome, Trubisky remarked. “Nice to be home again; felt quite comfortable.” Although playing in front of so many of my family and friends means a lot to me, we need to win.
Trubisky and Kareem Hunt, a running back for the Browns, exchanged jerseys after the game. Since they were small children, the two had known one another.
We have a long history, Hunt remarked. Basketball, Pee-Wee football, middle school, high school, and elementary school. I constantly hope the best for him. Despite the fact that we attended separate schools, he is a great player and a buddy of mine.
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