The Steelers have lost four in a row and are about to embark on a two-game road trip to try to turn this season around.
While the team tries to figure out where to go from here after a soul-crushing loss to the Cowboys we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Thursday, Nov. 17th.
In case you thought you were having a bad day
Jarvis Jones had a pretty crappy day on Wednesday. Well, if you watched the game on Sunday, he had a pretty crappy day that day too, unfortunately. In a contract year after the team chose to not pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal Jones was out to prove himself this season.
Unfortunately he’s proven himself to be a good linebacker to drop back in pass protection, but pretty crappy in just about everything else. Wednesday he was replaced in the starting lineup by James Harrison and he was also fined for a horse-collar tackle that wasn’t flagged during the 35-30 loss to Dallas.
Why do I feel like if the Steelers let him walk in the offseason he’s going to sign somewhere else and have like a 12-sack season?
Get back to the way it was
Ben Roethlisberger talked about the challenges the team will face as they travel to Cleveland this weekend. Teresa Varley explains that there will be some snowy and windy conditions that might make it difficult for the team to pull off just their second road win of the season.
Roethlisberger explained that the team prides itself on being a good road team but they’ve gone 1-3 on the road so far this season. They were initially projected to have one of the easiest travel schedules in the league this season.
"“There is no real excuse. We need to step up. We pride ourselves in years past here being a great road football team. We need to do that and we are going to have to start this week.” – Ben Roethlisberger"
What was he supposed to do? Try and score, that’s what
Plenty of people have had their torches and pitchforks out following the fourth-consecutive loss from Pittsburgh. People have been particularly critical of Antonio Brown on the final possession of the game. With two seconds on the clock Roethlisberger completed a short pass to Brown at the Pittsburgh 36.
Brown went out of bounds with the ball at the Dallas 20, ending the game. The complaints are that Brown should’ve tried to lateral the ball to keep hope alive. Tomlin stated that he spoke specifically to Brown about that play when questioned about it in Tuesday’s presser.
But, as CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson points out, Brown says he did nothing wrong on that play.
"“In that situation, there was nowhere to go. I’m running at full speed. We had one guy (in front of me) and three guys to the other side of the field. We lose a game and everyone finds a reason to say that one play was the reason we lost. What should I do, just fall down in bounds or get tackled in bounds?” – Antonio Brown"
The solution to people not finding so many things to complain about is winning games.