When the Pittsburgh Steelers misplaced 13-10 to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, the scoreboard instructed the entire story. The protection as soon as once more performed effectively towards a Browns offense, aided by a rookie quarterback in Dorian Thompson-Robinson. The offense, exterior RB Jaylen Warren, shouldn’t be. After the sport, RB Najee Harris referred to as on the gamers to return collectively to return out on the offensive.
Nevertheless, when C Mason Cole spoke to the media Monday afternoon, he thought it was a good suggestion to speak, however felt the core points have been on the sphere, as evidenced by the Steelers.com video.
“We have had conversations earlier than this season and we’ll see what occurs in the present day, however I am at all times open to speaking,” Cole stated. “We have stated quite a bit this season, we have had these conversations and conversations. Sooner or later we must do one thing about it. We won’t simply sit right here each time after a loss, come right here and have a giant Kumbaya and check out to determine the issues of the world, proper? It is about execution and taking part in good soccer, and we did not do this yesterday.”
Cole is correct when he says the Steelers must execute on the performs in entrance of them and play good soccer as a result of they have not carried out with any consistency this season both. There have been loads of points in Sunday’s sport alone, with the workforce failing to execute a play correctly. One of many largest moments was the play within the first quarter that regarded prefer it was a display move to Warren, however the extensive receivers have been all working routes.
Nevertheless, the sport was suffering from gamers who weren’t on the identical web page and did not execute performs that will have led to extra prolonged drives. Most noticeably, QB Kenny Pickett and WR Diontae Johnson weren’t on the identical web page a number of occasions, resulting in incompletions with potential first downs, massive positive factors and even a landing.
Whereas communication is definitely a difficulty, sitting across the proverbial fireplace for a rousing Kumbaya would not appear to be the reply, as Cole says. That is very true if the workforce has been routinely holding these sit-down conferences this season. The Steelers are making ready for his or her eleventh sport of the season and the beginning quarterback and high extensive receiver are usually not on the identical web page.
There isn’t any query the offense must be higher executed. Nevertheless, the crime should make it clear why they’ve problem with this. If the large conversations do not do this, perhaps gamers like Pickett and Johnson ought to sit down and have their very own face-to-face conferences. Clearly one thing wants to vary, and what they’ve executed up to now hasn’t labored.
If issues do not change, we’ll probably be calling on former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach John McKay by the tip of the season. Legend has it that he was requested how his workforce performed on the sphere, however the query was primarily worded to ask what he thought of “the execution of the offense.” He reportedly responded, “I am in favor of it.”
Each gamers and coaches are calling for higher execution on offense this season. Followers calling for the proverbial execution of offensive coordinator Matt Canada are much more frequent. No quantity of Kumbaya singing will repair the emotions of the fanbase. Solely execution, both by way of the foul scoring touchdowns or Canada’s (and maybe others’) capturing.