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Steelers’ Mike Tomlin makes revealing statement about future plans at QB

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After the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football, ESPN’s Brooke Pryor Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin asked if he would consider making a quarterback — or play caller — change during the upcoming minibye.

“I’m not in that mindset. I’m interested in reviewing this tape and looking at it in its entirety and how we can get better together. So the answer to that question is definitely no,” he said during his post-match press conference.

That seems like a pretty clear indication that Tomlin plans to continue being patient with the development of the Steelers offense. And that Mitch Trubisky will still be Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback when the team meets the New York Jets again on October 2 at Acrisure Stadium. This is in contrast to Kenny Pickett, who served as Trubisky’s backup in the first round of 2022 in each of the team’s first three games but has yet to see regular-season action.

On the other hand, Mike Tomlin made it clear that Mitch Trubisky — much like the rest of the club — raised expectations in Thursday’s 29-17 loss that dropped the Steelers to 2-1 and boosted Cleveland’s record to 2-1 not fulfilled .

When asked what he thought of Trubisky’s performance, Tomlin said: “I thought he made a couple of plays but we all fell short all together and that’s how we measure performance. Winning is our business and we didn’t bother about business. So let’s not break that apart and look for the feel good,” he concluded.

Indeed, Trubisky had his moments against Cleveland, but in the end his performance paled in comparison to that of Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who finished 21 of 31 for 220 yards on two touchdown passes, good for a 109.6 passer rating. For comparison, Trubisky landed 20th of 32 for 207 yards, with an 81.1 passer rating. He also rushed the ball twice for seven yards and a touchdown.

The bottom line is that Pittsburgh’s offense has only had four touchdowns in three games, which has prompted questions about job security from Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada.

Tomlin’s answer above seems to indicate that Canada’s job is secure, at least for the foreseeable future.

But again, for the longtime Steelers head coach, who has never had a losing season in over 15 years on the job, some level of progress wasn’t enough but could see that streak looming this year.

When asked if what he saw on offense “encouraged” him, especially in the first half, Tomlin said, “I didn’t want to be encouraged, I wanted to win the game. And that’s why I would expect us to get better at all stages, so I don’t know if I share that perspective.”

Pittsburgh’s offense certainly needs to improve quickly if the team hopes to remain competitive in the AFC North. After visiting the New York Jets in early October, the team’s schedule becomes more difficult as the remainder of the month includes away games in Buffalo, Miami and Philadelphia, as well as a home game against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 14. 16

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