Mike Wallace blames losing focus for low production

AP

Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace’s production has dropped off sharply this season, something that has only gotten worse with Ben Roethlisberger on the shelf for the last four games.

Wallace has 10 catches for 77 yards in those games and drops have been a problem all season for the previously surer-handed Wallace. Some might point to his long absence from the team while trying to get a long-term deal this offseason, but Wallace doesn’t think that’s the case. He’s chalking it up to a loss of focus caused by the offense looking in other directions for long stretches, saying that he sometimes he has to “remind them not to forget about me.”

“When I don’t get the ball for a certain amount of time, I lose focus sometimes. It hurts me when it’s time for me to make a play,” Wallace said, via Ralph N. Paulk of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “The toughest thing is staying positive through three quarters because you’re not going to get the ball every time. You have to be ready to deliver when it comes your way. That’s been the biggest thing I’ve had to learn this year.”

Wallace has made some big plays this year, including one to jumpstart the team in their win over the Giants, but far fewer than he’s made in the last two seasons. That’s not exactly the best way to head into free agency nor is admitting that you lose focus in games unless the ball is thrown to you, which leaves Wallace at least four games to leave a better impression.

33 responses to “Mike Wallace blames losing focus for low production

  1. Eh, at least he’s putting it on himself. I’d rather a player admit that they sometimes lose focus and acknowledge that they’re aware of it and realize it’s a problem than jump right to whining and blaming the quarterback or play calling.

  2. He’s only making $2.7 million this year, so why would anyone expect him to stay focused for 60 minutes once a week?

  3. Got it… So the world revolves around you…

    If you’re unable to be ready at all times and need the focus on you at all times then play tennis if that’s what you need..

    You’ve got a ton of talent…Try to emulate Calvin Johnson… Not Chad Johnson

  4. Please allow me to translate. The teams failure to show me the money has greatly impacted my desire to focus . Thank god the steelers did not cave in on his hold out. If he is losing focus now in the middle of his contract year just imagine how he would focus if they gave him 50+ million.

  5. “I don’t get the ball enough” is a cop out. I’m a Steeler fan but he seems like a T.O. in the making. He’s definitely valuable (see: Heath Miller’s 40yd catch and run vs the Ravens), but once he loses his speed, his value greatly diminishes.

  6. Maybe the offense forgets about you because you didn’t show up to camp. They were preparing for the season and you weren’t there…

  7. Or maybe your production is down because the only thing you do better than the Steelers other wideouts is stretch the field. And your QB’s for the last 3 weeks don’t excel at the long ball.

    So relax, play out this season, and run deep when Ben gets back.

  8. STEELERS4385- “He’s a good kid. Needs to use his hands more catching that ball.” That’s basically like saying Tebow is a great Qb besides the fact that he can’t throw the ball. Wallace has terrible hands and loses focus yet wanted Fitzgerald money. He could’t hold Fitz’s jock. And I’m a Steeler fan

  9. When you drop half the balls that come your way, you’re going to have less balls coming your way.

  10. Wallace catch the ball when thrown and do your job. Pointing fingers at the Steelers won’t get you far.

  11. Wallace has been targeted a team high 93 times. Heath and AB are tied for 2nd with 76 targets each. There’s no one to blame but Wallace and his inability to thrive in our new drink and drunk offense. The guy is still having a decent year with 6 tds, and he can get close to 1,000 yds in the next 4 games with Ben back. Time to suck it up diva! Slap him with the franchise tag for a year and say goodbye in 2014.

  12. Having trouble focusing tells me the organization can’t afford to depend on him. Bad excuse man. He never mentioned the “focus” problem when he asked for Fitz money. Oh and during the Cincy game Ben was targeting Wallace more than anyone else and he was still dropping passes. I don’t buy it.

  13. magicman1223- We did just sign Antonio Brown to a long term deal. He got the money Wallace would have if he didn’t hold out and cost himself millions

  14. Mike, hope a 3 year, $8 million contract looks good next year. With Manny stepping up and Heath getting more looks, you could end up with the 4th most receptions/yards/td on the team. If Al Davis (RIP) were still around, im sure he would give you 3/$30mil

  15. Not only does he not catch balls, he doesn’t fight the DB’s for the ball when it’s up in the air like AB. This guy’s sounding more and more like TO. I think Hines was a valuable mentor to this guy, but now that he’s gone we see what happens.

  16. Perhaps Mike’s having trouble focusing in the new offense because he missed the entire off-season’s training in the new offense. The Steelers were a run-heavy team during the 70s, but it didn’t seem to affect Swan and Stallworth’s focus when it came time to catch the ball.

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