Mike Tomlin: “We weren’t ready for prime time”

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The Steelers were routed last night, embarrassed really, by the team that has done it to them time and again.

That made the post-mortem on their 33-3 loss to the Patriots a succinct one for Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.

We weren’t ready for prime time,” coach Mike Tomlin said, via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

That about sums it up, as any statistical measurement of the game wouldn’t show the true measure of what happened at Gillette Stadium (where they’ve never beaten Tom Brady in six tries, but never lost like this).

“You saw it — you can’t get beat by 30 points,” guard David DeCastro said. “Bunch of three-and-outs, short drives. It was embarrassing and disappointing to start the season off like that in prime time. . . .

“We’re a veteran group, we’ll bounce back. It will stink for another day and we’ll move on.”

The Steelers can’t possibly be as bad as they looked last night, but it may take more than a day for the stench of this one to pass.

36 responses to “Mike Tomlin: “We weren’t ready for prime time”

  1. It is just September. Still pre-season for the Steelers and Pats. Barring catastrophic injuries both teams will get better.

    Just thankful I am hearing no whining about headset issues or warm gatorade.

  2. It’s not like they had the entire offseason to game plan for their first game, right?

    Mike Tomlin, the new Hue Jackson. How does this guy keep his job?

  3. You literally had months to get ready and you weren’t prepared….holy hell they just weren’t bad…but boring bad.

  4. It was clear the Steelers have a solid rush and good offensive line. They lacked playmakers. The run would have worked better but they fell behind too soon to be able to go with it. The Patriots were conservative on the first drive, Steelers were conservative the whole game. They need guts and receivers. Maybe a DB or two.

  5. The Patriots are a really good team. You can’t beat a bad team if you drop every pass that hits your receivers in the hands (or in the chest). They didn’t come back for the ball when they had room. Had false starts. Ran bad routes. The QB can’t throw it and catch it.

  6. No Gronk, AB not yet playing nor Watson, Harry, Van Noy, or Demaryus Thomas. Andrews & Cannon were lost to injury and they were DC-by-committee. And it’s week 1 – the perfect time to swoop in, surprise and embarrass an unready & depleted Pats and their cliffed QB…

  7. In typical Trippin’ Tomlin fashion, the Steelers were embarrassed in NE. Totally unprepared and unable to make adjustments. As long as Rooney is more concerned about the Steelers only having 3 coaches than he is with winning, mediocrity will be the acceptable standard in Pittsburgh…

  8. This team lost to Blake Bortles at home and Tim Tebow in the playoffs. That’s all you need to know. And now one of the best WR’s is in New England. New England just gave the Steelers two kicks in the groin in the same weekend. Hows it feel Steeler fans!

  9. Not surprised we lost. Especially in NE. But that was embarrassing. Wouldn’t have mattered if it was at home. NE was clearly, by far, the better team in all aspects.

  10. “We weren’t ready for prime time,” coach Mike Tomlin said

    And that falls directly on the Head Coach, or should I say Head Cheerleader.

  11. I have to love the media hype around this team. They love their press clippings and the media loves to cover them.

    It’s hilarious.

    All we heard about is how great they are, how they let Bell and Brown go to help them, etc, but their LBs blow, their D Line is wildly overrated as I have stated 5 billion times, and they have no secondary, also I have stated numerous times.

    Colbert is wildly overrated as a GM. He cannot draft D> They traded up for this Bush guy who is a strong safety and is not a gamechanger. You don’t trade up for strong safeties. It’s like Jamal Adams with the Jets. Neither can hold Pat Chung’s jock. You develop a Rover. You don’t draft one in the top 15. Teams are so dumb.

    We were told all week Hargraves was going to abuse Ted Karras. How did that work out? Hmm? Just curious.

    Keep disrespecting the greatest franchise in N. American sports history. Keep it up, people. Keep downplaying their greatness. It only works to their benefit.

  12. It’s a good thing the Steelers extended the contracts of Tomlin and Big Ben this off season. You sure don’t want those two hitting the open market. Tomlin proved his worth by shrewdly going for the field goal so a not to get a goose egg and Small Ben in Big Games strikes again! Everybody will scream at this but how much worse could Mason Rudolph do? Lose 33-0 instead of 33-3?

  13. Hilariously overrated team

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    I think that’s unfair. Yes they played over their heads last night and yes they played a team clearly not well prepared to start the season, but saying the Patriots are “overrated” is a little off base.

  14. Last night’s Brady beat down was the only good thing about yesterday. #brownsfan

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    typical Brown’s fan, obsessed with the Steelers. Worry about your own team. You may want to put that Super Bowl parade on hold.

  15. In the last 8 quarters of actual football (preseason not included), the Patriots have held their opponents to 6 points.

  16. I’ve said it 100 times over the last 10 seasons……this farce of a H/C named Tomlin has to go. How can a team “not be ready for prime time” after a entire off season, training camp, and four preseason games? First time I’ve ever been embarrassed to be a Steeler fan. Not enough mouthwash on the shelves at Giant Eagle to get the taste of this one from one’s mouth. The team literally looked like no one gave a crap…..disgusting!

  17. I wouldn’t worry too much about getting beat by the Patriots. In case you’ve been away for a couple decades, the Patriots have won a lot of games, and Tom Brady doesn’t seem to be aging. He looked as good as I’ve ever seen him.

  18. pittspuke7 says:
    September 9, 2019 at 8:12 am
    This team lost to Blake Bortles at home and Tim Tebow in the playoffs. That’s all you need to know. And now one of the best WR’s is in New England. New England just gave the Steelers two kicks in the groin in the same weekend. Hows it feel Steeler fans!
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    Also the 2008 home playoff loss to the Wild Card Jags and the legendary David Garrard.

  19. for prime time””
    whywerule says:
    September 9, 2019 at 7:41 am
    It is just September. Still pre-season for the Steelers and Pats. Barring catastrophic injuries both teams will get better.

    Just thankful I am hearing no whining about headset issues or warm gatorade
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    Don’t cheat and you dont have to hear about those things. Patriots were cheating just no one knows how yet. It’s in Billy’s blood.

  20. This was not an issue of Brown or Bell. As it has been for over a decade, this is all about Tomlin, and his lack of coaching ability. He has never had this team prepared. He got lucky with Arizona, as Cowher had built an incredible team that was still intact. When that group of players moved on, we have seen this undisciplined team season after season. This current Rooney regime is to blame as well. Firing Arians for a chump that won 3 games over two seasons as a head coach?! Time to clean house, beginning with Tomlin and Colbert.

  21. I 100 % agree the field goal was just to avoid the shutout. I suspect that his players knew this and were not thrilled with the coach giving up. When your down 20 to zip with just about one half to go you go for it, you don’t quit. Yet there was Tomlin tossing out the white flag. A locker room revolt just might happen in “peaceful” Pittsburgh

  22. Not ready to play. The Steelers won last year on their home turf and New England played well at home this game while the Steelers stunk it up. They obviously was still in preseason mode. Simple as that.

  23. The Steelers should be fine. The game got away from them. They should be able to win most games. It’s a long season. They are still contenders barring a QB injury.

  24. Tomlin hasn’t been “ready for primetime” in a decade.

    Not sure at this point what it will take to get a new coach in Pittsburgh?

    No one has done less with more talent than Tomlin has.

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