PITTSBURGH – Despite the offensive inconsistencies that contributed to his third loss in a row, the Los Angeles’ head coach Pittsburgh steelers, Mike tomlin, you still have confidence in your quarterback. Tomlin was firm this Tuesday when asked if Ben roethlisberger remains the right quarterback for the offense.
“Absolutely,” he declared Tomlin. “What he does and what he has done makes me feel very comfortable saying that.”
Roethlisberger, who according to Tomlin suffered “a hip problem” in Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers, completing 26 of 40 passes for 232 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
After leading a scoring drive in first place – culminating in a 45-yard drive to Diontae Johnson – Roethlisberger and the offense struggled to get back on track the rest of the afternoon. Roethlisberger he missed a few pitches to unmarked receivers, including two to JuJu Smith-Schuster who, had he caught them, looked destined for the end zone.
“It’s a bit of him, a bit of us collectively,” he said. Tomlin, explaining the inconsistency of the air attack. “We have to keep working. Sometimes it can be attributed to the change of plans at the end of the week by the availability of a player or those who are not available.
“We’ve had some great play opportunities, we haven’t taken them. We have to capitalize on them. They’re a big component of moving the ball and scoring, especially when you’re not working as efficiently as you’d like on possession, which you don’t. we are doing. We are also going to work to connect in higher percentages of those opportunities because that helps us in terms of adding on the scoreboard. “
In the first three weeks, Roethlisberger he was often under pressure from pass-rushers, but that didn’t happen Sunday.
He was pressured on just 7 percent of his 40 pitches and was hit only five times. According to ESPN Stats and Information, is the lowest pressure percentage for a quarterback with 40 pass attempts in a loss since 2013.
Still, he left Green Bay with the “hip problem,” his second game injury this season after a left chest injury suffered against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Nevertheless, Tomlin said he is no more concerned than a year ago about the safety of Roethlisberger behind the line due to his age and mobility.
“Not out of the ordinary,” he said. Tomlin. “I’m sure if you check the video and watch these visits [a las conferencias de prensa] From the first 11 weeks of last year, I probably said similar things. He was standing and we were undefeated.
“There is probably a component to being close to turning 40, playing this sport in that position, especially when you’re not winning and you become one-dimensional, there is collateral damage associated with that for him and for us.”
After four games, Roethlisberger he has a total passer rating of 36.3, the fifth worst in the FL. Only rookies Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Davis Mills and Justin Fields are behind him.
Like your statement a week ago that I wasn’t going to hit the panic button, Tomlin nor did he seem concerned with the trajectory of the performance of Roethlisberger, pointing out that almost everything can be fixed.
“Everything except mobility,” he said. Tomlin with a smile. “I don’t have an answer for that, or the lack of it. Ben used to run really well when he was young. Those days are behind us.
“Besides that, I don’t see much that is not a discussion in terms of technical alterations or quality of play that can be improved“.