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Steelers Daily News & Links: Perspective for Passing Woes, Big Ben Rips Offense



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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky is tackled against the New England Patriots on Dec. 8, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

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🏈 The Pittsburgh Steelers are tied with the New York Jets for the fewest touchdown passes (9) this year. The Steelers had a league-low 12 touchdown passes last season. Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford has thrown for more touchdowns (10) over the last three weeks.

🏈 The Steelers are the only team in the league that hasn’t had a 300-yard passing game this season. They also have thrown more than one touchdown just once in the past 30 games.

🏈 Ben Roethlisberger criticized the Steelers’ clock management in the game against the New England Patriots.

“At the end of that game, if we had one more timeout, we have another chance. When you lose timeouts because of silly penalties — too many men on the field, not enough men on the field — you can’t afford in the second half of games, to burn silly timeouts and not have them late in the game. To me, that is… that’s bad. It’s bad coaching,” Roethlisberger said on the Footbahlin podcast.

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🏈 Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus thinks the Steelers’ scheme is not making it easy for the quarterbacks.

“Blame the scheme. We’ve seen (a ton of) backup quarterbacks play this year. You can tell which teams are coaching guys up, putting guys in position to succeed, making things easy, and which are getting thrown in the fire,” Spielberger said on 93.7 The Fan.

🏈 Kenny Pickett has teamed up with Levin Furniture & Mattress for the holiday season.

🎂 Happy Birthday to former Steelers tight end Matt Kranchick, born on December 13, 1979 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Kranchick was selected in the sixth-round of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Penn State by the Steelers. He played just two seasons in Pittsburgh. Kranchick played in two games during the 2004 NFL season, but did not record any stats. During the 2005 NFL season, Krachick played seven games for the Steelers, catching 1 pass for 6 yards before being released by the team.

🎥 Steel City Star posted a throwback clip of when the Steelers knocked Jim Harbaugh’s tooth out, along with knocking the Indianapolis Colts out of the 1996 playoffs.



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