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Steelers Drop the Cold Truth on Team’s Struggles



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Steelers HC Mike Tomlin talks with QB Mitch Trubisky against the Indianapolis Colts, Dec. 16, 2023 - Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

INDIANAPOLIS — The Steelers don’t seem to have the answers to what is happening with their team. Maybe they know exactly what is wrong, and it’s not fixable. That could be the underlying factor that keeps driving these losses. It’s simple: the fixes will not come until the offseason. But no one in the locker room can pinpoint what can fix this at the top.

Veteran wide receiver Allen Robinson II, had no solutions to how to fix where they were when I asked him how they could fix this rut.

“I don’t know,” Robinson said. “That’s a good question.”

Diontae Johnson didn’t stray far from the beaten path. He is focused on himself individually and says they must ‘work.’ Mike Tomlin was lost in the sauce. The head coach did not answer why his team lacked fundamentals as a football team.

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Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin against the Indianapolis Colts, Dec. 16, 2023 – Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

“We’re not doing fundamental things well enough. We’re not,” Tomlin said. “We’re turning the ball over. We’re highly penalized. We don’t play good in situations. I’m just acknowledging that. I don’t necessarily have the answers as I sit here today. If I had the answers, we’d have played differently today.”

That’s the first time I remember Tomlin as the leader of the Steelers basically throwing his hands up and admitting there might not be much he can do to fix these problems.

They have the answers. Everyone knows what is going on with the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s an organization flawed on a results-over-process basis. You can point to decisions such as the punt instead of going for a field goal that Chris Boswell made last week. That only exacerbates the issue, though.

For other issues, they need to overhaul the coaching staff or get new personnel at positions of need. But this team has no answers because the answers are not within their grasp right now. It’s a reality they seem to accept.