Steelers News: Heyward, red zone, Brown


The Steelers will look to shake off the funk from the opening loss to New England and make sure their headsets are working correctly in Heinz Field for their home opener against the San Francisco 49ers. While they’re preparing for their home debut we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Sunday, Sept. 13th.

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Execution fail

The Steelers defense probably already knew they were going into this season with humongous doubts hanging over their heads. Allowing Tom Brady and the Patriots to score four touchdowns on Thursday night sure hasn’t help ease those doubts one bit.

Teresa Varley caught up with Steelers defensive captain Cameron Heyward about how the unit plans to bounce back from the bad start.

"“We have to execute better. We have to switch some things up in practice. At the end of the day we have to line up and be ready and we didn’t do that. I am not going to make an excuse for anything we did. At the end of the day we didn’t get the job done. They caught the balls, we didn’t convert, we didn’t get off the field, and we didn’t win in every situation. As a defense we have to get better. We have to get off the field quicker, we have to win third downs, stop the run better and key in on their keys. We knew where the ball was going, but we didn’t execute. We need to move on and learn from this and try not to let it happen again.” – Cam Heyward"

Red-Zone Woes

Along with the defensive let-down on Thursday night those same old red-zone woes reared their ugly head again for the Steelers offense. Ed Bouchette of the PPG reminds us that the Steelers offense failed to take advantage of an average Patriots defense, and the failures transpired the closer they got to the end-zone.

It wasn’t just that Josh Scobee missed two field goals that was the biggest disappointment. The Steelers had a first down at the Patriots 1-yard-line and had to settle for a field goal. They got zero points out of the first drive that looked like it could have set the tone for the game.

With the defense in question and transition, the offense is supposed to be able to carry this team. Even without the fire power of Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant the Steelers offense appeared to be able to move the ball down the field but those missed scoring chances will continue to haunt them.

What’s up with the hair, man?

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown drew some attention on Thursday night with his interesting hairstyle during his NBC pregame interview with former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler explains Brown’s inspiration for the style.

It wasn’t President Business from the Lego Movie or the Tetris game. Apparently it was Nino Brown, Wesley Snipes’ character in the 1991 film New Jack City. So that answers that question.

Next: Steelers loss to Patriots: What went right/wrong?

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