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Trubisky, Steelers’ offense bog down in loss to Browns

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CLEVELAND (AP) Mitch Trubisky promised he’d be extra aggressive and was, testing Cleveland’s secondary with some lengthy throws and transferring Pittsburgh’s offense successfully in the primary half.

Now he is received to put an entire recreation collectively.

Trubisky confirmed some indicators of breaking out of an early season funk earlier than bogging down after halftime because the Steelers misplaced 29-17 to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday evening.

For half-hour, Trubisky regarded good. He moved effectively in the pocket, stretched the sector with some deep balls and had the Steelers (1-2) main by a degree at half and looking out to hand the Browns (2-1) their second loss in 4 days

However, Pittsburgh managed simply 54 yards on its first three possessions in the second half.

”We’re getting there, simply not the place it wants to be,” stated Trubisky, who completed 20 of 32 for 207 yards. ”We did not hit on the performs we would have liked to in the second half. Scoring three factors in the second half is not going to do it for us.”

Trubisky did not make any main errors, confirmed some good mobility on rollouts, most of them to the correct and away from Browns star defensive finish Myles Garrett, and ran for a rating in the primary half to put the Steelers forward 14-13.

He was good, simply not adequate to win.

Still, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin plans to keep on with Trubisky, who was named the starter in coaching camp over rookie Kenny Pickett and can probably maintain onto the job till there’s an damage or full disaster.

Tomlin was requested if he is contemplating any main lineup modifications for subsequent week.

”I’m not in that mindset,” stated Tomlin, who was not particularly requested about his quarterbacks. ”I’m in reviewing this tape and looking out on the totality of it and determining how we collectively get higher. I’ll reply that query undoubtedly no.”

More troubling to Tomlin was the Steelers went simply 1 of 9 on third-down conversions whereas the Browns have been 6 of 16, choosing up a number of first downs on sneaks by quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

”They made the performs,” Tomlin stated. ”In the numerous moments, they made it. They have been in manageable possession downs. Lots of third down and brief. That is often a excessive likelihood for conversions while you’re that brief, and actually that’s form of the story of the way it unfolded over the past half-hour.”

Following final week’s loss to New England, Trubisky took some warmth for not searching for receivers down area. That wasn’t the case in opposition to the Browns, as he linked in the primary half with rookie George Pickens, who made a sensational, one-handed catch for 36 yards – the Steelers’ longest play this season.

”We took some pictures downfield, and that is one thing we have to come by means of with,” he stated. ”We’ve received a whole lot of playmakers. When the ball is transferring and we’re scoring, all people is pleased. As an skilled participant, you want to preserve your head in the sport as a result of your time might come at any second.”

Steelers vast receiver Chase Claypool praised Trubisky for preserving Pittsburgh shut.

”My confidence in him has at all times been at its highest,” Claypool stated. ”He threw a ball downfield and he was placing the ball the place it wanted to be. I don’t bear in mind a time when he made an inaccurate go. So, he did his job.”

On protection, the Steelers did not put sufficient strain on Brissett, who had an excessive amount of time. Pittsburgh’s with out T.J. Watt, the NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year who’s out with a chest damage.

But deal with Cameron Heyward would not use Watt’s absence as an excuse.

”The offense did some issues proper in the primary half,” Heyward stated. ”We simply did not give them sufficient possessions.”

It was homecoming for Trubisky, who grew up in Northeast Ohio. He would have beloved to take down the Browns.

”It was actually cool,” Trubisky stated. ”Nice to be again residence, felt very welcoming. It meant so much to be enjoying in entrance of a whole lot of my household and associates, however we have to come out with a win.”

Following the sport, Trubisky swapped jerseys with Browns operating again Kareem Hunt. The two have identified one another since they have been children.

”We go method again,” Hunt stated. ”Elementary faculty, Pee-Wee soccer, center faculty, highschool, basketball. I at all times want the perfect for him. He’s a heck of a participant and a buddy of mine regardless that we went to totally different faculties.”

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