CLEVELAND — Will Mike Tomlin turn to Kenny Pickett to quarterback the Pittsburgh Steelers after their 29-17 Thursday Night Football loss to the Cleveland Browns?
No he won’t.
But you probably want to hear the Steelers head coach say it, right? Watch the video below to hear Tomlin address that burning topic in Cleveland after the game.
Asked if he and the Steelers would look to make changes –– specifically at the quarterback position or for playcalling purposes –– Tomlin responded with some flavor.
“I’m not in that mindset,” Tomlin said. “I’m interested in reviewing this tape and looking at the totality of it and figuring out how we collectively get better.
And now, ladies and gentlemen: The payoff.
“So the answer to that question is ‘definitely no.'”
It’s a valid question, as much as Tomlin shuts it down. Mitch Trubisky threw for 207 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in the Steelers’ loss to the Browns.
The offense, in general, has failed to make plays and to make plays when they matter most. Would turning to Pickett solve everything? Probably not. But the change could provide a spark, which is cause for questioning –– even if Tomlin feels otherwise.
All that said, Tomlin did think Trubisky “made some plays” against the Browns. That, however, just wasn’t good enough.
“I thought he [Trubisky] made some plays, man, but we all collectively came up short,” Tomlin continued. “And so that’s how we measure performance, man. Winning is our business, and we didn’t handle business. And so we don’t, you know, break that apart and look for the feel-good.”
Nick Farabaugh provided reporting from Cleveland.