Mike Tomlin Not to Blame for Steelers' Playoff Loss
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been on the receiving end from the Pittsburgh Steelers and the head coach Mike Tomlin.
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However, during an interview after AFC squad's Pro-Bowl practice on Wednesday, Roethlisberger said that Steelers were focused during the playoff loss against their rivals the Jacksonville Jaguar. He went on to say, " People will find anything anytime you lose. I don't believe there is any truth to that. I know guys were very focused and ready to go, although we weren't the best that day". Roethlisberger does not believe that Tomlin lacked the necessary discipline required by his team during the playoff run. Despite the low performance, fans can expect better Steelers odds for next season.
Roethlisberger has come out to support Mike Tomlin has a good coach who likes to train every individual player, and therefore he doesn't believe on blame thrown to their coach. Tomlin and his players have also openly talked about the rematched against New England Patriots that never happened, which has now sparked a story line that they were forging ahead despite the setback. With a 13-3 performance on regular season, the Steelers still came out flat with a 45-42 during the divisional round loss. However, with its wealth of experience, Pittsburgh should be able to do well going by the Steelers odds for next season. After the biggest upset by Jaguars, Steelers can focus on getting their winning formula back.
A report saying the Le'Veon Bell came late didn't help, but he said that his tardiness was actually excused due to personal matter. It's equally important to note that some players have now shrugged off the narrative of looking ahead, saying that they had 2 weeks to prepare for the game against the Jaguars. The team trained in pads during the bye week but still they couldn't avoid the rust, which the Jacksonville took advantage of with a 21-0 to take the first-half lead. Also despite the support to his head coach, Roethlisberger isn't afraid to express openly about the team's problems. He has even questioned the team's discipline during their 4-game losing streak in the 2016 season, saying the Patriots outplayed and outcoached them in a game that ended in a 36-17 loss. We all agree that Jacksonville were much tougher test against the Jags compared to the 6th seeded Buffalo, but with this defeat they can put their house in order for the coming Steelers odds for next season.
Roethlisberger has stressed that he has a great working relationship with Tomlin, for the last 11 years they have been together. He goes on to add that, they have communicated very well for many years they have been together. Roethlisberger continues to say that there are a few head coaches who have the kind of working relationship with their quarterbacks similar to the one he has with Tomlin. A working good relationship helps a lot when it comes to communication. It's beneficial for coaches and players to keep communicating well, according to Roethlisberger. It's important to know that Roethlisberger was among the league's hottest quarterbacks with nearly 350 passing yields on his last 7 games.
Roethlisberger is also excited working together with Randy Fitcher, who was elevated recently from the quarterbacks coach to become an offensive coordinator. That means the Steelers have now loaded their offense in 2018 season. And Roethlisberger has said, " The window we have is actually there", referring to chasing the championships.


 


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VMI (1995)
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