Mike Tomlin: We were a group that died on the vine

Wild Card Round - Cleveland Browns v Pittsburgh Steelers
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The Steelers started the 2020 regular season with 11 straight wins, but that felt like a distant memory by the time the first quarter of Sunday night’s game was over.

Center Maurkice Pouncey‘s first snap went over quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s head and the Browns recovered for a touchdown. They’d go on to score 28 points in the first quarter of a 48-37 win that assured the Steelers season would end with five losses in their final six games.

After the loss, head coach Mike Tomlin said the team wasn’t good enough in any area on Sunday night and referenced the overall slump down the stretch by comparing the team to fruit that went bad before being picked.

“We didn’t do enough,” Tomlin said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com. “We didn’t position them in enough good circumstances. We didn’t make enough plays, particularly in the critical moments. We were a group that died on the vine.”

It’s the third straight playoff loss for the Steelers and it is one that will lead to questions about the makeup of a team that went so stale so quickly.

16 responses to “Mike Tomlin: We were a group that died on the vine

  1. I never called for your job, but it is evident, you need to go, or you need to fire your DC and OC. It would help if you let Ben go, retool the OLine, and we can consider 2021 a lost year. This team is not a draft class away from the Superbowl, and if that’s the case, it makes no sense to designate 41 Million in the cap to an above-average QB, who you can’t tell when he shows up.

    Ryan Clark is half right; this offense needs to be retooled. This team does. 3 years ago, we gave up 45 points to a Jags team who was offensively challenged, and now we gave up 48 points to a Brown’s team who struggled to reach 20 plus the previous week. What a joke.

  2. This game felt an awful lot like that playoff loss to the Jaguars a few years back. Steelers overconfident, already planning their trip to Buffalo.

  3. JuJu, The Browns are who you thought they were! The team that beat you twice in a row and started your vacation!

  4. Pats fan here… Patriots should have at least two less superbowl rings if Pittsburg had a better Head coach. Tomlin is a great coach and motivator but he just can’t seem to put it all together when it counts the most.

  5. Glad to have some new blood in the playoffs. The days of the Steelers/Patriots and Seahawks seem to be over.

  6. They didn’t go stale so quickly. They were suspect the whole season, playing a weak schedule and getting some matchups against teams that had to field practice squad players.

  7. They not only died on the vine, the whole vine was chopped down and tossed into a raging dumpster fire.

  8. I’m glad Tomlin “rested” his starters and didn’t try for the 2 seed. They could’ve even knocked out the Browns team that eliminated them yesterday. They wouldn’t have gotten it anyway (2 seed) but as bad as they were playing, good call coach. 👌

  9. “We were a group that died on the vine.” Is that a nonsensical, gibberish double-talk, way of saying that the Steelers peaked too early? The Steelers never peaked. They got every break possible to go 11-0. They could have very easily been 3-8 at that point. Tomlin will still be the Steeler head coach long after I am dead and gone but he should be fired today. 3 playoff wins in the past 10 years should not be the standard.

  10. A month ago the Steelers squeaked by the Ravens to go 11-0. And I posted that the Steelers are the worst 11-0 team I have seen. This loss to the Browns isn’t a shocker at all. The old saying you are what your record says is a half truth, it always has been.

  11. Outside of Big Ben, I thought the most important Steeler of the last decade was O-Line Coach Mike Munchak. He left in 2019, and the Steelers linemen didn’t instantly forget his coaching. But two years later, they are not the physical team they were when Munchak was there.

  12. As Steelers fan I love continuity that Tomlin brings but let’s face change needs to happen if we want to go Superbowls, otherwise it will be same old Steelers win AFC North and lose in the playoffs.

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