The Steelers dropped the Browns like a bad habit and with that came the end of their losing streak.
The team will be celebrating their first win in an embarrassingly long time before they start prepping for a Thanksgiving meeting with the Colts. And we’ll be looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Tuesday, Nov. 22nd.
The 24-9 victory over the Browns wasn’t a blowout and the offense stalled in the red zone twice to settle for field goals.
Ben Roethlisberger is basically telling everyone who complains that the Steelers didn’t win by enough or didn’t smack down the hapless Browns sufficiently to kindly suck it.
“People can say what they want, but we won the game and that is all that matters. We’ve heard it this year and we’ve heard in years’ past how we play down to the level of competition, or we don’t win the games we’re supposed to win. Well, we won that game, one I thought we were supposed to win, and AFC North game at their place in hostile weather and environment. I don’t think people will be talking about it in that sense, but we were happy we got the win and that is what really matters.” – Ben Roethlisberger
The broken fingers have a lot to do with it
Sometimes answers are just basic and there’s no ulterior motive or hidden agendas. Those times are hard to deal with for football writers because it makes for less interesting stories. That must be why, during Mike Tomlin’s presser on Monday, he was asked about receiver Sammie Coates’ limited snaps.
Tomlin reminded everyone that Coates has two broken fingers in one of his hands and that does make it a scooch difficult to make catches. He can contribute to special teams, but if you’re looking for reasons why he’s not on the field for offensive packages it’s that whole unable to catch the ball thing.
That’s important for receivers to be able to do.
In the program
While the win over the Browns was important because it is a game Pittsburgh was supposed to win and they went out and actually did win we still have to keep it in perspective. They didn’t go out there and dominate a good football team, they dominated a crappy football team.
And they didn’t even fully dominate them anyway, so it would be tough to say that they’re really back on the right track just based on that game. But, if they can turn around and beat the Colts on a short week, they might just be back in business.