The Steelers head into their bye week coming off of two losses with an injury list about a mile long.
While the team recovers from their injuries and gets some much-needed rest we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Monday, Oct. 24th.
It was meh
It wasn’t a horrible outing for Landry Jones in the 27-16 loss to New England. He could have been better. He made some horrible throws. None quite as bad as this third down pass in Pittsburgh’s first offensive possession from the New England 16.
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Jones threw an awfully under-thrown pass intended for Antonio Brown in the end zone but intercepted by Malcom Butler for a touchback. The Steelers’ four trips to the end zone resulting in one score was the major difference on Sunday.
The other was the 10 penalties for 85 yards. The officials were flag happy for sure but some of those were very untimely pre-snap penalties. All in all, Jones needs to step up if he’s to continue to step in for Ben Roethlisberger after the bye. He’s not no excuses to be this lost at times in the offense.
Not his best day
What was a “meh” outing for backup quarterback Landry Jones was a bad outing for head coach Mike Tomlin. Sure the offensive play calling was on point and if not for the penalties and some piss poor execution in the red zone this is a whole different ball game.
The big takeaways from this game will be Tomlin’s decision making. Yinzers love to criticize Tomlin for his clock management and game management and he served them up a beauty when he sent his field goal unit out on a 4th and 3 at the New England 36 with 9:00 left in the game.
Tomlin admitted in his post-game pressure that it was the wrong decision and he was going on the fact that he had once seen Boswell hit a similar kick but that still won’t assuage the yinzer rage, I’d guess.
He was the offense
I am a Le’Veon Bell fan. That man can do everything on the field. Bell was named by Bob Labriola as the Digest Player of the Week yet again for this time his 149 yards from scrimmage in the loss to the Patriots. Bell had 81 yards on the ground on 21 carries and added 10 receptions for 68 receiving yards.
Also a bright spot on the offense was Cobi Hamilton, who had three catches for 36 yards but two out of three of them were big third down conversions.