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Steelers QB Mitch Trubisky retires due to lack of scoring

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Awin is a win. But when it came down to it, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense in their week one matchup on Sept. 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals left a lot to be desired.

In his first regular season game in a Steelers uniform, Mitch Trubisky completed 21 of 38 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown. The sluggish offense struggled to capitalize on turnovers, finishing just 10 points short of four of the five defensive turnovers.

Trubisky shared his disappointment at failing to meet every quarterback’s ultimate goal of finding the end zone. It’s especially frustrating when the Pittsburgh defense has given them opportunity after opportunity to get there.

“I want to collect points. I want this offense to score and be aggressive,” Trubisky told Steelers media on Sept. 14. “If our defense is making turnovers, we need to turn them into points. That’s my way of thinking and that’s what we think about when the ball is taken away from us. We need to turn it into touchdowns, not just field goals.

“We have to have that killer mentality and aggressive mentality to really take teams out of the game and not allow them to keep it tight. I was proud of the way we handled football, but you have to have that aggressive mentality to score points. It’s not just the calls, it’s got
to be all on the field. It has to be a player’s mindset.”

It’s hard to get a rhythm going when you can’t convert in third place, and at 4 to 15 the Pittsburgh Steelers were sad in that category.

“We won the game but there’s a lot we can improve on, especially third place and just the overall execution,” Trubisky said. “I liked the calls we got we just have to go out there and do them more to stay on the field and keep our defense off the field. So this week we want to be better in third place.”

Why the Steelers struggled to keep up the ride goes back to the execution for Trubisky.

“I think the timing can be better from my point of view, either a little earlier or waiting for the games to develop a little more, a lot of people need to be in the right place at the right time. But overall we just have to execute and make the moves.

We’re seeing a renovated offense with new players in key positions, and it won’t be perfect from the start.

“I think it could just be the stuff from the first game, continuing to build chemistry with the wideouts and receivers and getting on the same side,” Trubisky said.

Games can get hammered in practice, but nothing reproduces game speed quite like the real thing.

“It’s different when you practice it in practice, and you go to the game and everything’s a little bit faster, and you’re going against a defense that’s either playing you a little bit differently or pressing a receiver differently. So you just get these different looks. We will continue to shorten this timing and work on it in practice.

Overall, Trubisky wants the offense to take risks and be less conservative. That will come as the unit settles in. As of Week 1, Trubisky had not played regular-season football since 2020.

Mitch Trubisky will have a full arsenal to implement what he’s pushing for. The obvious in TJ Watts aside, Pittsburgh’s injury report was clean and everyone is playing at home on Sunday. Ah, the luxury of week 2.

The primary concern for the Steelers heading into the home game on September 18 was the availability of Najee Harris. Floor yards are hard enough to come up with a healthy Harris, who only rushed for 23 yards and 10 carries. The running back typically suffered a foot injury late under a bunch of Bengals — where he was for most of the game. According to Draft Sharks, it’s his second foot injury since training camp and his sixth ankle/foot injury in four years.

The Steelers’ offensive theme for the past few seasons has been poor lineplay, particularly as a run-blocking unit. In 2020, Pittsburgh’s ground play was last (84.4 yards per game), up slightly from 93.1 in 2021.

There are still 16 weeks of football and plenty of time for the Pittsburgh Steelers offense to turn things around.

The primary concern for the Steelers heading into the home game on September 18 was the availability of Najee Harris. Floor yards are hard enough to come up with a healthy Harris, who only rushed for 23 yards and 10 carries. The running back typically suffered a foot injury late under a bunch of Bengals — where he was for most of the game. According to Draft Sharks, it’s his second foot injury since training camp and his sixth ankle/foot injury in four years.



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