Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was able to save veteran quarterback Ben Rothlisberger last week, but could not silence future Hall of Fame critics after Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers. This was Pittsburgh’s third consecutive defeat and reduced the club to 1-1 this season.
According to ESPN statistics, the Steelers are 29th in scoring with 16.8 points per game and Rothlisberger is 27th overall with a 78.9 passer rating and 28th with a total QBR of 36.3. In addition, QB “has some buttock problems”, according to Tomlin, coming out of the left pectoral injury he suffered on September 19 against the Las Vegas Riders.
According to the league’s website Kevin Potter, Tomlin was asked on Tuesday if Rothlisberger is still available for the Steelers as backup Mason Rudolph and former first-round draft pick Dwayne Huskins are available for next Sunday’s match. 3-1 Denver Broncos.
“Absolutely. What he does and what he does makes me really comfortable saying this,” Tomlin responded.
ESPN’s Brooke Prior noted that Tomlin also spoke of Rothlisberger’s inconsistent and weak play.
Tomlin explained, “This is something he is, this is something we collectively do.” “We just have to keep working. Sometimes it can be blamed for changing plans over the weekend due to the unavailability of players or the absence of boys.
“We’ve got some big playing opportunities, we didn’t have cash on them. We have to cash them. They’re a big element of moving the ball and scoring, especially when you’re not working as efficiently as you like on possession, which we do. No. … We’re also going to work to connect a high percentage of opportunities to this piece because it also helps us play the scoreboard. “
Tomlin’s public confidence vote quotes nicely, but the harsh truth is that the Steelers will continue to play the role of the 39-year-old signal-caller in the twilight of his career, with each defeat having less meaning, especially if that quarterback faces multiple physical troubles before mid-October.