Minneapolis (AP) — Don’t worry about the Pittsburgh Steelers’ comeback in the second half.
Mike Tomlin had watched enough before that, and the 15-year-old coach was very angry as he started putting players on the bench in search of sparks.
Defense rushed to the Minnesota Vikings in the first half and gave up 176 yards. Offensive Line allowed Ben Roethlisberger’s four sackes half-time before.
Tomlin took action as the team’s season was approaching. He took the provocative penalty of the first quarter and put the receiver Chase Claypool on the bench. Inside linebacker Joe Schobert later stood on the bench and was taken over by rookie Buddy Johnson.
Marcus Allen, a fourth-year linebacker who played only a special team throughout the season, also got his first defensive snap.
“You won’t be ashamed to turn the stone over,” Tomlin said after a failed fourth-quarter comeback after Pittsburgh lost 36-28 on Thursday night.
Tomlin said more changes could be made. His biggest emphasis is on the lines of attack and defense that were handled manually when Minnesota led in a half-time of 23-0.
“We haven’t whipped enough tails,” Tomlin said. “We’re not impressive enough. We haven’t dropped the stakes in the right direction enough. So if I didn’t see all the options, I would be disappointed, I had that group You’ll be unhappy. Buddy is a successful option, so we played some with him. “
Roethlisberger threw 240 yards and three touchdowns in the second half, but Pittsburgh was late 29-0 and rushed to the Viking to surrender 242 yards. Dalvin Cook ran 205 yards. This is the most distance the Steelers have allowed since Fred Taylor of Jacksonville rushed 234 in 2000.
A proud franchise built on its stability and menacing defenses, Pittsburgh took part in the play by abandoning 4.8 yards per carry to his opponent, the worst mark in the NFL.
Suspicious before the match due to a shoulder injury, Cook repeatedly gassed the Steelers. He ran through a large hole and the first three carries were 54 yards.
“The first half was terrible,” said defensive end Cameron Heyward. “The guys weren’t full. We weren’t off the block. We weren’t working. Give it a name, we were wrong.”
Pittsburgh started the game without cornerback Joe Hayden. Defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt has been in the season, and defensive lineman Tyson Alualu has been in the second week.
Star outside linebacker TJ Watt left the match in the second quarter due to an inguinal injury, while linebacker Alex Highsmith was injured in a knee injury.
“That’s not an excuse,” Hayward said. “Everyone who signs up for that locker room to play soccer has a job to do, including me. If we can’t get the job done, we shouldn’t be there.”
Tomlin agrees that he may be looking elsewhere before the Steelers host the Tennessee Titans in 10 days.
“We were JVs again tonight, and I’m talking in advance on both sides,” he said. “We need to be better than before. Turn all the stones over to do that. There’s a long week between this and the next week. Make good use of that time and what Evaluate not only who you are doing, but who you are working with. “
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