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Mike Wallace blames losing focus for low production

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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.

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33 Responses to “Mike Wallace blames losing focus for low production”
  1. ajb3313 says: Dec 7, 2012 9:55 AM

    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. greglloydrules says: Dec 7, 2012 9:56 AM

    That’s what I like to hear Mike. Learn your lesson and try to get better. Expecting big things from you from now on. Get some Mike.

  3. azarkhan says: Dec 7, 2012 9:58 AM

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

  4. bobbybcc says: Dec 7, 2012 10:00 AM

    should’ve taken the money when you had the chance
    lucky to stay in the league

  5. tebowthrowsaperfectonsidekick says: Dec 7, 2012 10:02 AM

    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

  6. myroncopesflask says: Dec 7, 2012 10:02 AM

    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.

  7. Tyler says: Dec 7, 2012 10:03 AM

    “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.

  8. steelersmichele says: Dec 7, 2012 10:06 AM

    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…

  9. steelers4385 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:07 AM

    He is a good kid. Needs to use his hands more catching that ball.

  10. ironcity6pak says: Dec 7, 2012 10:08 AM

    Bye bye Wallace enjoy free agency and that big fat contract you won’t get.

  11. natiep2000 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:11 AM

    If I had millions of dollars sitting on the table, I’m pretty sure I could focus on my one job. Even if I’m only getting 1 throw a game.

  12. passthepeppa says: Dec 7, 2012 10:14 AM

    Mikey is going to look great in Buffalo next year

  13. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 7, 2012 10:18 AM

    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.

  14. jwil007 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:23 AM

    Come to Cincy we will put you on the other side of AJ Green with Sanu and Hawkins in the slot… Pitt would be POed about that…. LOL

  15. stillers35 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:25 AM

    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

  16. steelbydesign says: Dec 7, 2012 10:30 AM

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

  17. melikefootball says: Dec 7, 2012 10:44 AM

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

  18. themagicman1223 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:51 AM

    At least he’s not pulling a Chris Johnson and blaming everyone on his team.

  19. Cereal says: Dec 7, 2012 10:57 AM

    Losing focus & bad hands…got it

  20. steel420 says: Dec 7, 2012 11:03 AM

    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.

  21. themagicman1223 says: Dec 7, 2012 11:09 AM

    Afterall steelers fans, Antonio Brown is better minus the trouble, sign him long term.

  22. dwarftosser says: Dec 7, 2012 11:19 AM

    Sounds like he just needs some Adderall…

  23. troy43mvp says: Dec 7, 2012 11:24 AM

    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.

  24. hehateme2 says: Dec 7, 2012 11:24 AM

    Mikey is going to look great in Buffalo next year?

    Perhaps, but you still have no QB to throw him the ball.

  25. stillers35 says: Dec 7, 2012 11:43 AM

    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

  26. steeldominance says: Dec 7, 2012 12:01 PM

    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

  27. brenenostler says: Dec 7, 2012 12:18 PM

    Maybe you’d be in better shape if you hadn’t held out all offseason.

  28. stillers213 says: Dec 7, 2012 12:54 PM

    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.

  29. ravenator says: Dec 7, 2012 1:17 PM

    What a bust this year. Steelers are a joke.

  30. Deb says: Dec 7, 2012 3:41 PM

    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.

  31. fuzzynuts55 says: Dec 7, 2012 3:58 PM

    He’s done as a steeler! Camp hold out and band hands don’t mix in the burg!

  32. jackericsson says: Dec 7, 2012 9:32 PM

    The only joke is Ravenator! It’s past your bedtime!

  33. francogreenbradshaw says: Dec 7, 2012 10:53 PM

    Focus Grasshopper. Wax on wax off.

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